Who created us? Although some people believe in evolution, the truth is God created us. God makes this clear in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.
I realize many people don’t accept creation by God as stated in the Bible, but as God says in Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” KJV
Clearly, if you do not have faith in the Bible as the Word of God, you might not accept creation by God, but faith allows us to understand God’s acts of creation.
God’s Word speaks of the wonder of the human body that He so lovingly has brought to life. God makes it clear that each human being is precious in His sight. He is the Lord of the womb. He alone can give life, and He alone has the authority to say how life can be brought to an end.
One of the things I want to ask is: What are we willing to do to attain the things that we think are important? Many people think that ending hunger and the need for drinkable water are important. Fights and wars have broken out over less things than providing food and water for a region or country.
The other I want to ask is: How much more could be done if we were to work peacefully together?
When it comes to peace, our Lord says in Romans 12:18, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” KJV
What our Lord is saying is simply this: If there is not peace between you and someone else, it better not be your fault! In other words, we are to strive to be at peace, and work in peace, with everyone we can.
There are many hungry and thirsty people in the world and it is important to know that we have the resources and the means to provide for them. But sadly, because of a lack of peace and compassion, we apparently do not have the willingness to do so to a greater degree. And if you say that you have compassion for these people, remember that every time in the Bible when the word “compassion” is used of Jesus, He always acted on that issue as evidence of His compassion — every time!
Wars are an unending reality in our world. It is guesstimated that in the last 3,500 years, there have been only about 250 years in which there has not been a conflict that could be classified as a war. Those 250 years are scattered throughout those 3,500 years, and only account for about 7 percent of that time period.
After all those years of war, and with all our modern abilities and international trade and interdependence, you would think war would be outdated. So why is peace so illusive and beyond our grasp in our “enlightened day?”
I believe the answer was hit squarely on the head by Mother Teresa in her speech when she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She spoke of many things that make peace difficult to attain, like poverty, hatred, a lack of love, and other things, but she said the greatest obstacle to peace in the world today is abortion. She said, “We are talking of peace. These are things that break peace, but I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing — direct murder by the mother herself.”
That was 1979, a time in which abortion was seriously beginning to increase, but Mother Teresa knew nothing of what we as a race have attained regarding abortion since then. Since 1977 our race has aborted nearly 1.75 billion children, according to lifenews.com. In the next six years the number of unborn children murdered by us, by their own mothers, will exceed two billion just since 1977.
Although estimates of casualties of war in human history vary, it is believed my most historians that the number falls somewhere between 200 and 300 million people. That means we have murdered almost ten times as many of our own children in 40 years as have fallen in war in 3,500 years.
What Mother Teresa was saying is that when we as a race can murder our own children at such a rate, when we can be at war with our own offspring even before they are born, what makes us think we are serious about attaining peace? I have to agree with her.
In Proverbs 24:11-12 God says, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” NKJV
If you truly want peace in the world, fight for peace for the unborn.
Jon McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.