Letter to Editor of Martinsburg Journal
Richard E. Burke, Shepherdstown
November 11, 2016
It occurred to me this morning that the modern world (including the USA), perhaps unwittingly, now propagates the large-scale legacy of the National Socialist Party of Germany–the murderous Nazis and their Final Solution–in the way the world chooses to address its problems. Consider the following:
If promises to pay pensions and medical costs for pensioners cannot be paid, then blame the pensioners. The solution is coming with single-payer medical care and government decisions about whose medical problems will be treated, or not.
If “deplorable” segments of the population demand that a Constitution written two centuries ago must be honored until it is changed through its well-tested and self-described methodology for allowing those governed to control the changes, the solution is coming to disarm those “deplorable” citizens, incapacitate them if they won’t get out of the way, dictate the changes by “Executive Order,” and dissolve the constitution by absorbing it into a borderless global sovereign government.
If the citizenry absorbed government propaganda and disingenuously unproductive education, which mocks worship of God and forbids multi-millennial mores regarding productive civil society, and the majority becomes godless, licentious, ignorant, drug dependent, and violent–spreading STDs, unwanted pregnancies, destruction of families, and murders–the solution is to end-run the people’s legislature and legislate from the courts to support the evil behavior and oppress the opposition.
Sixty million babies have been aborted in the USA since 1973 when the Supreme Court decreed abortion to be a civil right as dictated by a 7-judge majority’s interpretation of the Constitution. 1.5 billion is a reasonable estimate of worldwide abortions since then. What had been murder was decreed legal.
And yet in the USA, people still wonder why we have not yet come up with the scientific or medical breakthroughs to cure dementia and cancer in all its forms in the breasts, prostate, lungs, pancreas, brain, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, bones, skin etc. The answer is obvious, the world’s citizenry aborted many researchers who would have given us cures — and many solutions in energy and science.
Despite this, will we someday find solutions to these problems — and the huge array of nonmedical problems? Maybe within a century, God-willing, but the people who suffer and die while waiting for the solutions will be paying the price of recent generations’ global corruption and legacy of abortion.
One scripture applies to these issues, and we see its consequences in 2016: God is not mocked. I would suggest we are seeing the results of its corollary: We mock God at our peril.
Reply by LK to my letter to the editor
Nov 12, 2016 9:44am
Richard Burke, since god doesn’t consider a fetus life, neither do I. In Exodus 21:21-23, only the pregnant woman is considered life and not the fetus. It states, “When…a man knocks against a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage…then the offender must pay whatever fine the woman’s husband demands…But where injury ensues, you are to give life for life”. And since god is pro-abortion, so am I. In Numbers 5:11-28, god commands the Levite priests to give an adulterous pregnant woman “the ordeal water and it enters her body to test her, she will suffer a miscarriage or untimely birth”. Why have evangelicals and Catholics adopted religious beliefs directly contradicted by God’s word?
Reply by Richard E. Burke to LK’s reply
Nov 14, 2016 4:52pm
Since you start your comment with: “Since god doesn’t consider…neither do I,” I shall address you as a Christian, since we apparently both care about what God does consider right and wrong, and therefore seek the truth of the matter. Here is my reply to your comment on my Letter to the Editor.
Exodus 21:21, which you cite, is the last line of a prior law about a willful act (v.20-21) against a slave and you have mistakenly included it in your argument (I’m sure you will agree that you didn’t intend to include this verse).
Exodus 21:22-25 deals with an accidental miscarriage as follows: “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”
This is not related to willful abortion, but a mother’s injury and premature birth of the child resulting from a (presumably) unintended blow, for it is defined as when “men are fighting.” If there is not serious injury, the settlement for the wife’s injuries and the premature birth are treated like a fender bender–as a tort. If there is serious injury, under Lex Talionis (which concept comes from pre-Abrahamic Babylonian law in the 3rd millennium BC), the law required equal injury.
Knowing the value placed on a child at that time in Mesopotamia, I’m sure the judge at the city gate would deem a premature birth leading to death or a serious injury of the baby as a “serious injury,” with consequent penalties which could in Babylonia have included causing the abortion of the guilty man’s wife’s or daughter’s next pregnancy. We have no records of case law at that time, but we know laws were rigidly applied. However, the intent of this application of the law in Exodus is clear: this particular version limits the circumstances to men fighting (men)–not the case where one of the men intentionally attacked the woman to cause her to lose her baby. If you are not versed in the history of Lex Talionis, google it.
Numbers 5:11-28, which you cite, has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of abortion, but trial by ordeal for adultery. In John 7:53 to 8:11, a woman caught in adultery is brought to Jesus by Pharisees. They say “…the law of Moses commanded us to stone such women.” Jesus replies, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” They all walked away. Jesus then asked the woman, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Jesus declared, “Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus forgave the woman consistent with what he said after teaching the disciples the Lord’s prayer. In Matthew 6:14-15, he tells them “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive them. But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
If you claim to be a Christian, then you accept the message of the cross: Jesus paid the death penalty for your and my sins at the cross. You and I accept this as fact. Every sin, including abortion, is paid for at the cross. Those who accept Jesus as Lord and choose to obey him as best they can are forgiven–washed clean by his blood. Those who won’t accept his payment for their sin remain where they were before they refused Jesus–with a sin debt they cannot pay.
If you are a Christian, you must stop trying to distort God’s clear intention that man choose life, not death. You must stop accusing your fellow Christians of sin when they refuse to accept moral complicity in the Supreme Court’s legalization of murder, that is abortion. It is not they, but you, who are in willful rebellion against God. You must stop declaring “God is pro-abortion,” and “since god doesn’t consider a fetus life, neither do I.” As I said in my Letter to the Editor, and now say to you: “We mock God at our peril.”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
May God bless you with insight into His will in this matter,
Richard E. Burke