Tweaking and twisting
Not long ago a friend related an article about the sanctity of human life. The author was totally pro-choice in his thoughts and comments about abortion. He articulated the pro-life stance and noted that he had tweaked several of the points of anti-abortion thinking and arrived at his conclusions. My immediate conclusion was that he really had not tweaked anything. He had twisted the biblical doctrines of the sanctity of human life in almost every category. His basic argument was one of the twists we've all heard: a pro-life conviction is hypocritical if adherents support the death penalty or any kind of warfare. Of course, his positions were reflections of his own personal views without the benefit of biblical truth, or factual data truth for that matter.
The twists on the sanctity of human life are numerous. At the same time they are totally puzzling. Of course the twist happy media elites have methods of lacing truth and error in their reporting so that their preferences weigh on their readers, the voting public. Yes, our nation is sharply divided on any of the sanctity line items, abortion at the top of the list. What is totally perplexing to me is how many of the pro-choice population also check the box beside "Christian" when noting their religious preference. Once again, this twist is dealing with such a momentous topic without a standard. Scripture should be, without argument, the final determination in any selection regarding the value of life. If you would like some polling stats on American views about abortion click here. Be warned: the pollsters are champions of gathering opinions. You may get a twist or two in their data as well.
The sanctity, that is the sacredness, of human life is a strong biblical theme. From the creation epics of Genesis to the last verses of Revelation, where the water of life is promised without cost, human life remains the pinnacle of creation and the heavenly aim of redemption. Scripture does provide guidance in those twist areas like the death penalty, and just war. But, human life in valued as sacred throughout the Bible---
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and
female he created them.
Genesis 1: 27, ESV
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated
you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1: 5, ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psalm 127: 3, ESV
And, many, many more. Many Christians twist the sanctity of human life in these and other Bible accounts as ancient Jewish or early Christian thought of times gone by. Yet, there is the promise that God's Word, our Bible, is eternal (see 1 Peter 1: 25). It is our truth today. Even more, most of the scientific and medical community affirm that human life begins at conception and fertilization according to God's design.
You can tweak this doctrine to make it agree with your preferences, religious or political, all you want. Eloquent as you may be, it's just more twist, faulty at the core.