Pro-Life

Pro-Life

We hear a lot of Christians claiming to be pro-life, but when we look at most of them closer, and at their lifestyles, we find that they really aren’t pro-life, for they support the killing of other living beings; all they seem to be is against human abortions.

Many of them support war, or capital punishment, or hunting, fishing, and killing and eating other animals. These are all pro-killing and not pro-life.

In Isaiah 11:9, the prophet tells us what it takes for people to be truly pro-life.

9. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.
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This seems to be very clear. If we are truly filled with the knowledge of the Lord, we could not in any way hurt or destroy any part of God’s creation, which includes other human beings, all the other animals, and the environment in which we all live.

Now, let’s take a look at one of the Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:13

13. “You shall not murder.
NASB

Some people may quote this verse as “You shall not kill”, but the real intent is to not murder, but let’s think about this a little further. To kill could include accidentally running over a small animal with our car, or accidentally walking on a small bug, which is not the intent of this verse. The intent of this verse is addressing people who intentionally kill another living being, or have someone else do it for them; an example would be the people who buy packaged meat in the supermarket.

Let’s look at a few examples of what it means to be pro-life:

War, capital punishment, hunting and fishing are all preplanned or premeditated acts, which puts them under the category of murder and not pro-life, so people who are pro-life wouldn’t do any of these things.

People buy weapons to use for hunting land animals, and for killing other human beings; they buy fishing gear to kill fish, and they buy the tortured remains of animals to eat, all of which fall under the category of premeditated murder or pro-death. True pro-life people wouldn’t even think of doing these things.

Real pro-life people live as peacemaking children of God for the benefit of the whole of God’s creation.

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4 Responses to Pro-Life

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    Bill Samuel January 10, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Abortion is also “preplanned or premeditated” so I’m not sure why you didn’t include that with the others.

    As a consistent life ethic activist (I’m President of Consistent Life), I’ve seen criticisms of most pro-lifers as inconsistent go in 2 directions: 1) opposition to abortion is not valid because many opponents of abortion do not also oppose other forms of violence, or 2) opposition to abortion is valid, but should be extended to include other forms of violence. But then there are many cases where it isn’t clear which is being said. Your article is one of those. It fails to state any position on abortion. So I can’t tell whether you are consistent or not.

    I might add that I consider position 1) to be logically invalid.

    Also note that there are a number of levels of consistency. Someone can be consistent with regard to violence against human beings, but not be consistent as to how they regard humans and how they regard other species. Someone can be more narrowly consistent by opposing the killing of “innocent” (a somewhat slippery term) human beings, but not all killing of human beings. Someone could be consistent with regard to innocent life without regard to species, but not oppose all killing.

    In addition, you could start with the opponents of any sort of killing, and follow with the kind of inconsistent argument used most commonly with opponents of abortion. Many animal rights activists do not oppose abortion and do not necessarily oppose war. Many peace activists do not oppose abortion, and often not killing of other human species. Because it seems the criticism most commonly focuses on opponents of abortion, I tend to be suspicious of critics as having a real agenda of justifying killing of the unborn, unless they are explicit that abortion is wrong.

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      flhadmin January 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Dear Bill:

      We thought the abortion issue was self explanatory. Sorry about that.

      We not saying that all people who consider themseves to be pro-life are all the same, but most of the ones that we have encountered are inconsistant in their relationship to other forms of pro-death other than abortion. If a person considers themself to be pro-life, there should be a consistancy that extends to all life in addition to human abortion.

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      David Watermeyer March 27, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      As I am sitting here it occurs to me once again. Why is that people who call themselves pro-life are USUALLY not vegan or vegetarian and usually are into gun rights and war in general? Maybe I am wrong but I would put my money on any survey into people’s positions coming up with pro-lifers not only not being vegan or vegetarian, but actually being against such preferences. Sarah Palin is an archetype of such a stance. Any answers as to why they hold these positions? Humans can do as they please here on earth regardless of the suffering caused to other beings perhaps? For a religious perspective please look up Father Mann. Now here is someone who has huge respect for creation..

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        flhadmin March 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

        Hi David:
        Thank you for your comments…right on!
        We saw Fr. Frank Mann’s video. it was great, and we pray that all clergy would have such a transition. This is what all Christians are supposed to be. Those who kill are hard of heart, and cannot be truly following Jesus, and God’s heavenly will. This is why so many pro-lifers continue to kill everything except unborn human babies.

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