Over Seventy-Three Million Americans Missing!
By Garner Ted Armstrong
Where have all the children gone? What happened to tens of thousands of teachers, artists, doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians, husbands and wives who had a start as a tiny human being, but were killed before they had a chance to be born?
Since the abortion of human babies was declared legal, over seventy-three million American lives have been unceremoniously discarded. That is “politically correct” double-speak for saying seventy-three million babies have been murdered. Since 1973, women in America have killed so many unborn it represents virtually the equivalent of double the population of Australia!
In what is truly one of the most grisly, macabre, ghastly, systematic pogroms against humanity in history, over seventy-three million American women have deliberately killed the tiny, defenseless lives which had begun in their wombs. In one of the most sickening, grisly kinds of murder known to man, a tiny baby, with its head actually having exited the matrix, is killed by having its tiny brain removed from its skull. This ghastly kind of murder is called “partial birth abortion.”
All this is justified by the oft-repeated cliché that “a woman should have control over her own body.” Yes, she should. She should have exercised that control before she entered into the sex act with neither the benefit of marriage nor protection; before she entered the motel or climbed into the back seat of the car.
Over the past several decades, dozens of “studies” have occurred, many of which have centered around the emotional and psychological (to say nothing of physiological) damage to women who abort their children. Studies concerning whether abortion lessens the frequency of child abuse have occurred. But abortion is not wrong just because “studies” show there are negative effects to mothers. It is wrong because it is a sin. It is willful murder of a human life.
Much has appeared in legalese concerning the “viability” of the fetus. All this aimed at ignorant lay persons who argue interminably about whether a fetus is truly human, and therefore worth keeping alive, or whether it is non-viable. “Viable” merely means “able to live,” or the “ability to keep alive.” But the abortionists have picked some arbitrary point in the development of a fetus and called it “viable,” as if it were not viable from the instant of conception.
You began in your mother’s womb in that instant when your father’s spermatozoon penetrated your mother’s fertile egg. At that time, you were a living creature, smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Yet, from that moment, all that you were to become; your general physiognomy, sex, height, shape, color of skin, hair and eyes were predetermined; set irrevocably by the DNA present in the living human cells.
As a “zygote” with no discernible shape, you were nevertheless a human life. A separate, distinct, unique life. So long as your mother did nothing to interfere with the development of that life, you would develop a heart, lungs, eyes, ears, hands and feet; vital organs, flesh and bone, sinew and cartilage, skin and hair.
Too many humans treat human reproduction as some clinical process that falls into the province of medicine or of physical science. Many seem not to recognize that human reproduction is not only a proof of God’s existence, but is also typical of His plan for mankind.
Human reproduction is not a gift from “science” or your pediatrician, but a miraculous gift from God.
God said of Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). God Himself oversaw the conception, fetal development and parturition of the one who would be called Jeremiah — one of His great prophets. There are several instances revealed in the word of God in which God intended the birth of certain people. Even Cyrus’ birth — the great King of Persia who allowed the Jews to return from captivity — was prophesied 400 years before he was conceived!
Likewise, God caused the conception and birth of John the Baptist. John’s father Zacharias was serving in the temple when an angelic messenger came to him. Zacharias had desperately wanted to become a father, but his wife, Elizabeth, who was first cousin to Mary the mother of Jesus, was barren. Zacharias was astonished. The angel told him, “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
“And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
“For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
“And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:13-17).
Like Jeremiah, John the Baptist was intended of God; known of God from the instant of conception, which in itself was a miracle, for Elizabeth was barren, and both parents were well along in age.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth began His life on this earth by a stupendous miracle. At the moment the Holy Spirit conceived that tiny, precious life in Mary’s womb, He was no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. Yet, all that He was to be had been miraculously decided. His “DNA” was produced of God Himself, and blended with that of Mary, a Jewess virgin.
When did Christ become Christ? AT CONCEPTION! At the instant of conception, a new human being has come into existence. The human life does not become human at some “trimester”or other; does not become human when pronounced “viable” at some arbitrary time, but IS HUMAN from the instant of conception!
The Bible says of Jesus Christ, “In the beginning was the Word [Greek: “Logos” or Spokesman; the One Who said “Let there be light”], and the Word was with God [Theos. The Greek Synonym for the Hebrew “Elohim,” which is PLURAL, meaning more than One], and the Word was God.
“The same was in the beginning with God.
“All things were made by him [He was the CREATOR; one of Elohim]; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).
You, nor any other human being need “believe” this to make it so. The ignorance, disbelief, doubt or skepticism of human kind does not remotely touch or alter the powerful facts of God. You will eventually see your great King of Kings and future ruler face to face. This is as inevitable as the turning of the earth; as inexorable as gravity; as sure as life itself. You will meet your maker at the resurrection.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth BECAME HUMAN; “He was in the world, and the world was made by him [He was the One who said “Let there be light!”], and the world knew him not.
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:10-14).
Few nominal Christians will admit this simple, yet profound truth. To do so would mean they would have to acknowledge that Jesus Christ of the New Testament is the God of the Old Testament; the One who appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the One who wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger. Such an admission would destroy their excuses and arguments about God’s Ten Commandments having been “done away.”
Further proof of Christ’s pre-human origins is presented in the first chapter of Hebrews:
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Christ said “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). No man has ever actually seen God the Father in Person, for Christ also said, “No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18). However, Christ was the “express image of His [God the Father’s] person,” in character as well as physiognomy, and therefore stated that seeing Him was like seeing God, who was His Father.
Just like you are made in the image of your father and mother, so Jesus Christ was formed in the image of His Father. However, unlike all of mankind, Christ was imbued with the Spirit, mind, nature, wisdom and power of His father.
These three examples: Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ demonstrate the simple truth that each human being becomes a unique life at the moment of conception.
One of the great proofs of the existence of a Creator is the fact that life comes only from life; that life comes only from pre-existing life of the same kind.
God is Life giver. He is also the great Designer, Sustainer, and Lawgiver.
Human procreation is, in a very real sense, a miracle. For thousands of years, we humans have marveled at our ability to reproduce ourselves; marveled at how a father and mother can, as if creators, bring into being a little copy of themselves. Ignorant savages knew where babies came from. In their degenerate stupidity, they worshiped life itself; many societies sacrificed their children at various ages to their concepts of pagan gods. They reasoned that their “gods” had given them a baby, and stupidly decided to give one back to their gods now and then.
Unlike ancient savages who murdered their children in sacrifice to non-existent “gods,” many modern women simply kill and cast aside their babies as if they were an inconvenience; an unwanted result of sexual activity. Of course, millions of such killings are conducted by unmarried women. Some might be tempted to argue that society is better off without another twenty or thirty million illegitimate children, but such an argument is baseless.
No matter the motive or the excuses, killing a human life is still murder.
Little babies grow up to exemplify characteristics of father, mother, and even maternal and paternal grandparents. These similarities have been a source of awe and wonder to mankind from time immemorial. One might see certain talents, abilities, or physiological similarities in a child which are reminiscent of a grandparent.
As scientists dealing with genetics have learned, each individual possesses a genetic pattern; a special, unique construction of its cells which belongs to that individual alone. It is called “DNA,” short for “deoxyribonucleic acid.” The DNA in the cells of each human being contains a pattern of that individual; a code, and, when the male spermatozoon attaches itself to the fertile female egg, transmits that pattern; the two life forms blending into one new, never-before life form.
There has never been another you. You are unique, possessing your own DNA, or code of life. You have never been before. Your physiognomy was predetermined by your two parents. Their genetic codes blended to determine your general appearance; the color of your skin, hair and eyes; your bone structure; the texture of your skin; and, in many cases, your penchant for certain talents and abilities.
King David marveled at this. He said, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
“My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16).
David marveled at the miracle of human reproduction. He stood in awe of how a mother, through ingesting the produce which comes from the ground, could nourish through the umbilical a tiny form as yet “unperfect,” being fashioned “in continuance,” coming into being when “as yet there was none of them”...no eyes, no nose, no fingers or toes; no liver, no heart, no brain, no bones, no sinew.
He was inspired to write, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
“Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5). God said to our first parents, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...” (Genesis 1:27,28).
Evolution has no explanation for reproduction; one Genesis kind reproducing after its own kind. While there is a degree of micro-evolution which occurs in nature, such as the ability of some species to change color with seasons so as to effect camouflage as protection against predators, there is no such thing as macro-evolution. Cows do not produce horses. Dogs do not produce chickens. Each genesis kind reproduces only within its kind, even if that kind is composed of hundreds of species.
The human race is a visible example of this. A pygmy from the Ituri Forest in Africa would be inter-fertile with a 7-foot tall blond Swede; all the races are capable of miscegenation, but the product would still be human.
Evolution has no answers for the intricate interdependency of living creatures. Symbiosis is fatal to evolution — one species contributing to the survival of a different species — neither capable of survival without the other. This is true throughout creation; from flora and honey bees to krill and whales; from the food chain to man.
God describes God-fearing parenthood as the most exalted state to which man can grow: “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
“For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
“Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD” (Psalm 128:1-4).
God describes motherhood as a joy; a great blessing; the fulfillment of the very purpose for womanhood: “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 113:9).
Many argue that there are certain circumstances in which abortion is to be desired. “What if a rape results in a pregnancy?” many ask. What about incest? What if the rape occurred as an interracial attack?
There is a Biblical example of incest resulting, not in abortion, but in the eventual creation of two major branches of the human race. It is found in the case of Lot and his two daughters, after fleeing from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
“And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
“Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
“And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
“And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
“And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
“Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
“And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
“And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day” (Genesis 19:30-38). Of course, this is “incest in reverse” in a sense, since most cases of incest occur when a father, brother, uncle or grandfather commits incest with a family member.
So far as the two girls knew, they were the last humans alive. They had seen the towering flames marking the destruction of the city of their birth; had seen their mother turned into a pillar of salt. They used human reason. The father would be declared innocent, for they had managed to get him drunken.
Incest is a sin. But the babies born of this sinful union not only survived, but lived to become the patriarchs of great clans, which became nations.
Because a human baby is engendered by the act of incest, which is a sin, does not mean another sin, that of murder, should be added to the first sin! Adding sin to sin does not equal no sin, it equals two sins; sin compounded. Adding poison to poison does not mean no poison, but double poison!
The same is true of rape. Rape is not only a sin in God’s sight, but a transgression of man’s laws. But the little human who has been engendered in the womb of the female victim, though he or she was conceived as a SIN was being committed, is also a potential victim. Killing such a human being is murder. Murder added to rape is murder and rape, not merely “abortion,” a clinical-sounding word which masks the true proportions of the crime.
Much has been written about the fact that legalized abortion was supposed to help prevent child abuse, since mothers would now be relieved from giving birth to unwanted children.
Yet, in 1973 when abortion became legal, there were reportedly over 165,000 cases of child abuse or neglect in the United States. But remember that most such abuses are never reported or discovered. After abortion had been occurring for seven years, the incidences of child abuse had risen to a staggering 785,000 cases — an increase of 370 percent!
By 1987, it had risen much further — to 2,025,000 reported cases! That is an increase of 1,112%!
So much for the argument that child abuse would be lessened if mothers could kill their unborn — their unwanted children.
Many studies have been undertaken and reported which detail the horrors suffered by women who kill their unborn babies. Deep depression, remorse, guilt — even suicide has been documented. Many have come forward to reveal how they agonized over this or that imagined “birthday” of their missing child; how he or she would be graduating from High School just now, or perhaps just entering college; wonder and speculation about whether the child would have looked like the mother; whether it would have been a beautiful, playful baby; a proud little boy or girl going off to pre-school; a youngster displaying talent for the trumpet, or ballet.
But abortion is not an abominable practice just because of the many “studies” which detail shocking results in the mental and emotional health of women who abort their babies — it is a SIN! It is murder, and murder carries with it the death penalty from God Himself.
Heartbroken repentance can forgive sin, however! Yes, even the sin of murder.
If the millions of American women who have killed their babies knew of God’s grace, love and mercy; if they knew the real truth about human life; what God says about the sin of abortion, they would turn to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heart-rending remorse, and repent of their sin!
With repentance could come not only forgiveness from God, but the ability to forgive themselves.
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