Therefore Choose Life

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Every day humans are put to the task of making decisions that may affect the remainder of not only their lives but the lives of those around them. Most of these choices do not result in immediate life or death circumstances, yet, we are called by God to a day of salvation, a day in which we choose life over death. Since today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), then today is the day we choose life.

In all of our plans, with all of our selections, with every unimportant election that we make, with each vital decision that is set before us, our need, our want and the only logical and Biblical choice is: life. In the following paragraph I address the choices of death from the perspective of what has been and is currently part of the ordinances of many countries across the world and in which many states, if not all of America, have been enacted to facilitate death.

Euthanasia (referred to by many as mercy-killing), feticide (abortion, AKA: Pro-choice; what an enigmatic and purposefully vailed title), infanticide (more mercy-killing; has not yet reached the United States, but has been a part of the culture of India for centuries), parenticide (another form of the so-called mercy-killings) and all of these are against the choice of life. In each instance they are not only entirely against the written commandments of our Lord, these selections of death, are in complete rebellion of the Spirit of those commandments. The decision for death for those in our care brings a great penalty which marks our life, and adds a burden of guilt that God does not want anyone to bear. For we are made to live, to fight for life; God has put within our minds and our spirits a will to strive for life.

It is then with our own mortality that we must also choose life, for suicide (whether assisted or not) for whatever reason, is a choice of death and instead of the person committing self-murder being saddled with guilt, that heavy weight is left with family and friends. There is no relief for the living with death by design of those we hold dear, those which are in our care or who care for us. Death, is final in this world, the grave seems cold and harsh; there is no hope in death, yet, only hope in life. A choice for life, in the womb, at the sickbed or at the moment of greatest stress will leave the individual, free from the bloodguilt of murder; let each of us choose life for death comes to all in the end.

Can we be forgiven for murder? Of course; all sin except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgivable. But all one has to do is read about the Apostle Paul to see the burden he carried because of the choice of death.[1] Let us choose life, for choosing life removes all questions of guilt in death.

God has commanded and implored us to choose life at all times; indeed, no two words can be more beautiful than: choose life.

 

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

(19)  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

(20)  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

 

By Steve Williams

 

 

[1] 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 26:9-11

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