For am I now seeking the favor of people, or of God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ."
There's something in the book of Romans that is called "practiced sin". It's the sins that people do that they KNOW aren't right or should be, but they willingly and willfully do them. These people intentionally look for Scriptures to back up what they do and think they believe. This person in that post is doing exactly that.
We go to the Bible, God's Holy Word, to FIND HIS truth, not to rearrange the words to create our own truth. Those who are truly in Christ Jesus seek Him to find truth.
You cannot succeed at interpreting God's Word without the Author of it present in you to explain it to you. The Spirit is the promised One who would teach true and real Believer's all things.
Proverbs says that even a fool, when silent is considered wise. Proverbs also says much about fools when they do open their mouth.
In this last week I had been researching what gnashing of teeth was. It's more or less grinding your teeth with a snarled look. Angry and bitter. People who try to defend their sins and sin filled position are those who gnash their teeth at real Christians because of their own real rebellion against God. Hell is filled with trillions of people gnashing their teeth at God's judgment concerning their being found guilty of sin and being sentenced to the torment they endure there.
Nor all who twist and distort the Bible are unbelievers. Some, out of ignorance, just were never taught the Word of God the way that they should have been by others in the faith. That way lies doctrines and stipulations that aren't truly Biblically based. In the book of Acts we read of people to whom the Apostles were sent to show them the Word of God correctly.
When in doubt, pray for understanding! Jesus is more than willing to show you a still better way. He IS the Truth after all.
The Spirit is ready to teach to all who would be taught. The worst students are the ones who think they are to teach the Teacher. Especially when that Teacher is God.
So to sort of make mention of that hot topic. Psalm 139, it's plainly written, no parables, no poetry, of God's view on the unborn children of the world.
Psalm 139:13-16 NASB "For You created my innermost parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You When I was made in secret, And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my formless substance; And in Your book were written All the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them."
As another wrote, the value of human life is non-negotiable. To those who say otherwise, really read why Jesus came to Earth in the first place. He valued life of human beings that much to die for all mankind.
Yes, indeed, God commanded the people of Israel to wipe out whole nations. They were His chosen instruments for His judgment in those cases. For quite a long time the Ten Commandments were miss-translated. It is correctly interpreted as You shall not murder. That is in agreement with other Scriptures that refer to murder as the taking of an innocent life. By no means was the nation of Israel guilty of murder in wiping out the nations that the Lord commanded. Those nations were guilty of sins that reached Heaven's doors.
Jesus easily showed the world His views concerning children. He rebuked His Disciples for hindering them coming to Him. The New Testament speaks to defending the widow and the orphan. Standing up for those too weak to defend themselves. That, by definition, includes the unborn. It's an incredibly concerning thing when a soul of a human being is so self-righteous to believe that another, who hasn't had the same right to live as they, isn't worth living.
To share something with you, by all worldly definitions, I shouldn't be here. I shouldn't have been allowed to live because of the high risks of things that I could have been born with. God instilled the right beliefs in my parents to defend me when I was defenseless. I was born in this place and time for His purpose.
Hell indeed has many levels. In at least the current time frame they exist. There indeed is probably a specific place in Hell for those who aren't saved, who bring harm to children. It doesn't take much to recognize when God enacts His judgment against criminals who have harmed children. Jesus spoke specifically about this. Matthew 18:6 NASB "but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.".
Be careful of where you stand! You're either standing on the Rock of Christ Jesus or you are on sinking sand. The Bible says those are the only two options.
How any human being can look a newborn baby in the eyes and claim that they have the right to kill that child before they were born is beyond my comprehension.
I grieve for the world in this. These self-centered, self-righteous people who think only of themselves yet disregard the sin that brought them to this point in their lives. True salvation in Christ Jesus alone is the only solution, the only cure for such people. Those who come to Christ for salvation are being transformed from what they used to be into what Christ is. Romans 12.
While people still have the breath of life there's still hope. I pray for that individual and the others whom I know who believe that abortion is a viable solution. As a friend pointed out its only in this last century or two, out of the thousands of centuries had mankind fought so hard to defend their position of calling it a "right" to murder unborn children.
Pray for not only those you know, pray for this world. Jesus is coming soon and He brings justice in His hands. He's going to call all who are truly His to come with Him, to escape the judgment to come upon all mankind for 7 years. That judgment has to do with putting an end to sin.
Pray, pray, pray. The healing of the nations only comes from a right real relationship with Jesus Christ.