Monday Meanderings

Calvin, on the atrocity of abortion.
"For the fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light." - John Calvin - Commentary, Exodus 21:22.
The womb is meant to be a place of nurture, safety, and love. If we would be horrified to think of one murdered while kneeling in prayer, seeking refuge in the arms of God, we should be at least as horrified to think of violence against one so helpless as an infant yet growing in the womb. We are to value life just as God does.

Have you ever happened upon this command in Scripture?:
"You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." Exodus 23:19b
Why not? Because that's not what the milk is for! We are not to use what was meant by God for a creature's loving nurture as an instrument of that creature's death. Likewise, the womb was ordained by God to be a place where life is nurtured. We have no right to turn it into a place of violence.

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"You've heard of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but a tooth for an eye is the trade a Mississippi woman made in Miami to regain her eyesight after years of blindness."
This is an overflow from and overfull Saturday Science post. An amazing story that will likely lead you to ponder what your own vision is worth to you. To what extreme would you go to be able to see? When your imagination is exhausted from considering all that went into giving this woman her physical sight, I hope you'll take a few minutes more to ponder and even greater kind of blindness - blindness of the heart. This blindness consists in the failure to see the beauty of the good news of Jesus Christ:
"...if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:3-6
Is the thought of Jesus' willing and joyful sacrificial atonement for sinners something that brings you joy. Is Christ the supreme treasure of your life, outshining every other blessing you've ever known? If not, pray for God to open your eyes to the beauty of Christ.

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"Dr. Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who travels the world challenging students and faculty, churches and professional groups to consider what they believe and why. He's written numerous books on the intersection of faith and science, and he's the founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization that keeps tabs on the frontiers of research to share with scientists and non-scientists how new discoveries connect with biblical theology."
His current book is called More Than a Theory. I've not read it yet, but may review it here at some point in the future. You may listen to a radio interview with Ross here where he discusses his ongoing and profitable discourse with skeptics and scientists. I appreciate his courage, his perspective, his commitment to bringing the light of the gospel and the glory of God back into the scientific community, and the respect with which he treats those who disagree with him.

"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking..." Romans 1:19-21a
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Comments

rainydaytoys said…
That eye thing sounds so unbelieveable. Who would have ever thought it up, but what a great thing for the people who need it.

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