How Precious is Human Life?

We are told in Genesis

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

As a society we seem to have become callous and hard. Weekends are filled with binge drinking, and some folks think that if they can remember any of their night out, it couldn’t have been very good. Homosexual activity, illegal 60 years ago, is almost compulsory. In heterosexual relationships, we have gone from a culture in which women guarded their virtue to a hook-up culture where, I am told, it is possible for a man to go to a club and meet a girl for the first time and take her to bed the same night. Related to this is an acceptance of divorce, even in the church. One by-product of our sex-obsessed culture is the conception of children. Alongside the change in attitude has come a change in sex education in schools such that the children are left to feel that there are no psychological effects of having sex outside of marriage, which sounds like state-sponsored encouragement of promiscuity, although that word is probably politically incorrect these days.

Contraception is meant to be much more effective now than it was in the early 1960’s, when, according to one writer, sex was discovered between the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Beatles first LP. Not only are condoms physically stronger and less likely to break, they are thinner and “more sensitive” – don’t even ask how an inanimate thing can be sensitive – and female hormonal contraception is available free to all girls on the NHS, generally as a tablet but also as injection or implant. But even so, in Britain we still have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. Either contraception is less effective than the authorities tell us, or the educators are not managing to get the message through to the children in school that you need to take contraceptive precautions if you are going to have sex but do not want to have a baby.

However, when we have over 300 conceptions in girls aged under 14, that is more than two years below the age of consent, and over 1,400 in girls aged 14, we do have a tragedy on our hands. what seems even more tragic is the effects on those girls, because the proportions of conceptions that end in abortion is highest in the 14 and under groups at over 60%. Given that under-age sex is often an indicator of psychological and social problems, one has to wonder what further problems are being stored up for these children.

This short video by Ray Comfort shows that while people see killing adults as wrong, they often do not think through what they think about abortion. there are no graphic scenes of abortion in the video. I urge you to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI

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About UK Fred

A Christian who cares that the church in Britain conforms to societal demands, rather than transforms society. I am particularly concerned with the lack of support for marriage and the acceptance of divorce in the church. I also care that the body politic in Britain seems to be corrupt and in need of a good shake-up.
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9 Responses to How Precious is Human Life?

  1. I know a homeschooling mom in the area who coauthored a book with Ray. You might chk this out: 20 Things I Consider Sacred, Part 1:

    https://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/page/3/

    • ukfred says:

      I have only seen some of his short videos for Way of the Master, but when I saw this one I thought that it hits the nail on the head.

  2. Availeth says:

    There is so much I could say about this subject. For one thing, you spoke of “…the change in attitude…in sex education in schools such that the children are left to feel that there are no psychological effects of having sex outside of marriage…” I don’t know about that context, but I certainly have noticed that message in TV and movies for years in shows such as “Friends” where people sleep around and have partners with no apparent ill effects such as disappointment, broken hearts, STDs or even morning breath. Sex is portrayed as being free, easy and an entitlement of the human race. Well, maybe we are entitled to it, but not in the careless manner they say.

  3. ukfred says:

    I can only say that such shows encourage the debauching of currency of exclusive love between two people every bit as much as the Weimar Republic debauched the Mark with hyperinflation. It seems that even so-called family shows are pushing this message. I wonder why.

    I have heard schoolgirls say that they are pressured into sex by their boyfriends because the message that anyone can have sex without ill effects with freely available contraception means that refusal to have sex means a rejection of the boy so he will go off and get his sex elsewhere. And this is happening with girls around 13 and 14, who are probably less able to deal with the psychological aftermath of being ‘pumped and dumped’ as the pick up artists call it.

  4. Jon Gleason says:

    Society has gotten so much better since we’ve put sex on television, taught it to young children, made celebrity culture an object of worship, and decided that morality is old-fashioned. Hasn’t it?

    Sure, we have more children getting pregnant, broken homes, kids growing up without a father, resulting child poverty, exploitative pornography, paedophilia, rapes and other sexual crimes, etc, etc, etc. A price to pay, surely. But now people can engage in immorality without society making them feel guilty anymore. It doesn’t entirely silence that voice inside that says, “Living like this isn’t good.” But they can say, “Everyone else is doing it, so it can’t be that bad.” There’s still guilt, but it is a little easier to try to suppress it.

    So that’s better, right? Right?

  5. Availeth says:

    Well, picking up on the notions above about pressures to have sex as well as old-fashioned ideas, I think those can get mixed up together in odd ways. A friend of mine heard in a sociology class about a quiet expectation that a guy is supposed to be “master of the boudoir” on his wedding night–to know what he’s “doing” and all, while his bride is to be completely utterly virginal and clueless. Problem in this uneven scenario is where does a boy gain knowledge and experience? He gains it from girls who will participate in giving it but whom he will then not consider “marriageable” (hence the term “take her [or not take her] home to mother”. I wonder if that “middle” class of girls comprises the largest percentage of the “300 conceptions” you mention? This expectation for boys presents a pressure on them to seek out experiences early on. A different message, a Biblical one of course, would be for fathers to tell their sons it’s not necessary to be savvy and suave, but that virginity and chastity are to be as highly valued and esteemed by boys as by girls, and that there is nothing wrong with not knowing “what you’re doing” but just exploring at the same time together this aspect of life as God gives it in marriage.

  6. ukfred says:

    I feel that the parents, schools and churches have all gotten it wrong. The schools have tried to teach without any indication of values or morality, for fear of offending some, while parents have frequently failed to find the necessary self-confidence in their values to teach them to their children, or else have been leading hypocritical lives and don’t know how to teach the values they pretend they live by to their children and too many churches have the views expressed by a Methodist Circuit Superintendent Minister, “The church is not the place where teaching should take place”.

    We do not all have the skills we need and we have to learn them. To do so we need teachers, and the best teachers of values should be fellow-Christians. No-one else is likely to teach that sex can be even better than good when it is used in the way that God has meant it to be used, but it it can be used to exploit and abuse in the wrong context. I am a great believer in the power of body-language to change our outlook (just try communicating with your arms folded across your chest and your head down and you’ll see what I mean) and I have several times expressed the view that sex is the body-language that says, “I love you exclusively and without any reservation or holding back whatsoever.” I do not believe that any human being can say that to another outside of marriage.

  7. Availeth says:

    Hmm. Those last two sentences made me sad. Body language can be very confusing for some of us. Maybe we thought it said one thing, maybe it said another. Maybe it said nothing at all.

    • ukfred says:

      What made you sad, Availeth? I hope it was not the last sentence, I will say it in words. I do not believe that any person can say to another that they love that other person without any reserve and without holding anything back, except in the context of marriage.

      I accept that body language can be ambiguous. Was s/he being defensive or were they simply feeling cold? Individual parts of body language are incomplete signals on their own and need to be taken in conjunction with other stimuli to make any sense. We all need to remember that non-verbal communication, which includes tonality and infection, as well as posture and movement is responsible for something like 90% of the content of communication. This is why jokes fall flat when they are sent by e-mail or by text message.

      But sit upright, with your head erect and your arms either on the arms of your armchair or by your side and you will feel more open to the person who is communicating with you than if you sit with your arms folded and your head down. Try it when the communication is not emotionally charged and you will see what I mean. Your colleague will probably start to feel defensive about you too. So explain what was going on afterwards to repair the strained feelings.

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