There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. (Emphasis mine) ( Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB)
In the region of Samaria, there are two mountains that tower upward toward heaven. If you are looking to the east Mt. Ebal would rises 3,083 feet above sea level to your left, while to your right stands Mt. Gerizim stretching 2,889 feet above sea level (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.)
The significance of these two towering mountains is both historical and spiritual. They are separated at their peeks by more than a mile and a half, while their bases are but five hundred yards apart. The natural lay of the land, as a result, produces the effects of an amphitheater. This proves important because upon these mountains is where Joshua shared with the Israelites the “blessing” and “curse” according to Moses.
The blessing would be proclaimed from Mt. Gerizim, while the curse would be proclaimed from Mt. Ebal. The message God gave Moses to share in Deuteronomy 30 revealed that God had set before His people blessing and curse, life and death. The encouragement was to CHOOSE LIFE!
While the context of this event may be different than the present topic of discussion in our nation, the exhortation is the same. Life is precious in the eyes of God, who is, after all, the Creator of life. The One who is the Lifegiver has declared that He has created us imago dei, in His own image.
Yet, there are many who advocate today for abortion, which results in the slaughter of millions of innocent lives. This choice that is presumed is a freedom that was never theirs in the first place. God is the author of life, not man. Many instances to support abortion have been offered. Evaluate for yourself these examples someone before me has shared:
A preacher and his wife are poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with her 15th. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?
- Now, this is a reasonable consideration since statistics show that 66% of people who have an abortion say it is because they cannot afford a child.
The father is sick with sniffles, the mother has TB. They have 4 children. The 1st is blind, the 2nd is dead, the 3rd is deaf and the 4th has TB. She finds out she’s pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?
- This is considerable because 4% have had doctors say that the mother’s health may be adversely affected
- C. Everett Koop, M.D., formerly the Surgeon General, stated that during his 35-plus years of practicing medicine, “Never once did a case come across my practice where abortion was necessary to save a mother’s life.”
A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and she becomes pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?
- This comprises about 1% of all abortions
A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married but engaged, however, her fiancée is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset. Would you consider recommending abortion?
- Now, this is one that is particularly disturbing. On the home page of planned parenthood, there is the message that state, “Accidents Happen.” If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states, you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements.
It is important for you to know that each of these examples is real-life situations that have occurred. If you chose yes to any of these examples it is important for you to know how you have changed history.
- In the first case, you have just killed John Wesley. One of the great evangelists of the 19th century.
- In the second case, you have killed Beethoven.
- In the third case, you have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.
- If you said “yes” to the fourth case, you have just murdered Jesus.
Mark A. Hassler, “Ebal, Mount,” ed. John D. Barry et al., The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016).