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Kev and me in Looe, Cornwall

“You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)

Hello again. I bet that grabbed your attention, didn’t it? I had intended to discuss the last five of the 10 commandments but I decided that the first one (Commandment Number 6) is so comprehensive that I don’t have time to go beyond it this week.

This is rather a grim subject, so I am going to try to liven it up with some more pictures from our holiday in Cornwall. I must warn you that the content of this blog may offend some people and I might risk losing readers. Having said that, I must also state that I would rather offend the world than offend God, by avoiding the less popular parts of His Word…

Life is from God. Because He has given life to us, He alone is the one who should take it away. To murder is to take away someone’s life and that is simply beyond our authority.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” (Genesis 9:6)

The past 100 years have seen truly horrific acts of evil against humanity. Hitler’s extermination of six million Jews, tens of millions who perished under Stalin, the millions killed in Cambodia, Uganda and Rwanda – not to mention two World Wars.

Almost all Christians agree that war is only to be undertaken as the very last, desperate resort; there are no Christian holy wars. But the defeat of Nazi Germany presumably spared yet more millions from the gas chambers.

Antony Woodland Garden, Torpoint, Cornwall

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3)

There are many reasons for choosing to have an abortion and one huge concern is the health of the child. If, during a scan, it is discovered that the baby is not perfect, parents sometimes elect to abort the child. The story I am about to tell you is true and very interesting. Some medical students were attending a seminar on abortion, where the lecturer presented them with a case study.

“The father of the family has syphilis, and the mother has tuberculosis. They have had four children already. The first is blind, the second died, the third is deaf and mute, and the fourth has tuberculosis. The mother is now pregnant with her fifth child, and is willing to have an abortion if that is what you suggest. What would your advice be?”

The students overwhelmingly voted to terminate the pregnancy. The lecturer responded: “Congratulations, you have just murdered Beethoven!”

There may well be women reading this blog who have undergone abortions, for various reasons, and it’s certainly not for me to judge. If the abortion has been regretted, this can cause feelings of guilt and remorse but God doesn’t want to increase these feelings; He wants to take them away. He is a loving and forgiving God and will certainly not hold this against anyone in this situation.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Euthanasia is at the other end of the spectrum of life. The literal meaning of euthanasia is ‘dying well’ but the term has come to mean the intentional medical termination of a person’s life. It’s important to distinguish euthanasia from two other practices. The first is that of allowing a patient suffering from a fatal disease to die in peace, without being subjected to painful treatments that cannot ever restore them to health. The second is the use of drugs to control severe pain, even at the risk of shortening life. The intention in both practices is to allow patients to end their days in as peaceful, dignified and pain-free way as possible.

In theory, euthanasia sounds harmless. The terminally ill decide voluntarily that ‘enough is enough’ and, at the time of their choosing, are given drugs that will cause a speedy and painless death. Supporters of euthanasia are careful to avoid any phrases that suggest that doctors ‘kill’ the patients and, as with abortion, the language of ‘choice’, ‘rights’ and ‘freedom’ is widely used.

“Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?” (Ecclesiastes 7:17)

There are, however, many problems with euthanasia, particularly in providing safeguards. Proposed candidates for euthanasia are generally elderly and usually those who need a lot of looking after. The pressure to allow or encourage euthanasia in a time of limited medical resources can become very strong. Not even relatives can be relied on to provide a guarantee that ‘the right to die’ will not be abused. After all, they are presumably going to benefit from the will.

The Jollie Sailor Inn, Looe's oldest pub

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Abortion and euthanasia allow us to become judges of what is a valued life and what isn’t. The view that all human life is valuable is not popular today, and those who object to it often believe that God is the problem!

Peter Singer, Australian secular philosopher at Princeton University, stated:

“Once the religious mumbo-jumbo surrounding the term ‘human’ has been stripped away, we will not regard as sacrosanct the life of every member of our species, no matter how limited its capacity for intelligent or even conscious life may be.”

In Singer’s view (and he is not alone), you have to reach some biological or mental level before you’re allowed to live. The mentally handicapped, the brain-injured, the unborn and even new-borns have no right to life; indeed, killing them may, in such a view, be morally acceptable! What those standards are, who sets them, and whether you or I (or our children) will always reach them, are alarming and disturbing questions…

Well, I truly hope you’re still reading and haven’t been too upset by this week’s content. Our God is a wonderful, loving and forgiving God but I wouldn’t be doing this blog justice if I only included the good stuff.

As always, I wish you a peaceful, healthy and loving week ahead. And I say, as always:

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, no hope!

Love Ann

Talland Bay

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Hello again. It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I’ve been very busy lately, as we’re planning to move home soon. We’re leaving Warrington and going to live in Bolton, as we will be nearer to Kev’s work. With the cost of fuel constantly rising, this should hopefully save us a few quid.

Looe

The weather was very mixed, ranging from hot and sunny to wild and windy, even including some thunderstorms. We both fell in love with the stunning town of Looe and would recommend it for a holiday break.

It was Kev’s birthday while we were away and he chose to have a sea safari on the day. This was an exciting experience and the weather was ideal. The Lord blessed us with a wonderful day and we even had a paddle in the sea later on.

We visited Polperro, a quaint fishing village, where we ate the best fish and chips in a long time. We also sampled the local pasties, scoffed scampi and chips in the oldest pub in Looe (The Jollie Sailor) and had probably the best roast dinner ever in the same pub. With cream teas and Cornish ice-cream, it’s no wonder most of my clothes are too tight now!

Not having been to Cornwall before, I was rather apprehensive about the length of the journey but was pleasantly surprised. We set off shortly after 6 am and arrived at the caravan at 1230. The journey was easy and problem-free and the same can be said for the return journey home. As well as the journeys, the Lord blessed us with sufficient sunshine for us to see the places we wanted and for Kev to acquire a nice tan – I don’t tan, unfortunately..

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God’s final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the Lord Almighty.

When we see the news headlines and realise just how corrupt and wicked our world is, it’s all too easy to believe that God has forgotten us. Rest assured that He has not; He’s simply waiting for the right time to intervene and put a stop to all sin and evil.

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)

God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When we feel worthless, or even begin to hate ourselves, we should remember that God’s spirit is ready and willing to work within us. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.

“I came that you may have abundant life.” (John 10:10)

Jesus gives life, and the life He gives now is abundantly rich and full. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately. Life in Christ entails forgiveness, love and guidance. Have you accepted Christ’s offer of life?

That’s all for now but I will catch up with you soon. Until then, I wish you a pleasant, peaceful and healthy week.

Love Ann