What is the Value of Life? -- This blog was originally posted on August 5, 2019

This was originally posted on another blog platform on August 5, 2019

What is the value of life?

It depends on where you get the definition of value. The world will tell us it is in our external circumstances … where I was born, what my socio-economic status is, what I do for a living, etc. If you look at value in that sense, your value can appreciate or depreciate, depending on your circumstances. However, our circumstances should not define the value of life. I look to the God of the Bible, the God of creation to define my value. In Romans 3:10-12, Paul writes: “as it is written: ‘none is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.'” So, no matter who I am or what I do, I cannot “build up” my value. No, my life’s value is found in this, Romans 5:6-8 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ didn’t die for me because I had inherent value. He died for me because I could in no way ever live a life of true value. When I came to the realization that I was a sinner and I could do no good thing, no thing of real value, to be accepted by God, that was my first step to understanding where my life’s value came from. Jesus, came to lift me up out of trying to find value according to the world.

Ephesians 1 has some wonderful words, also written by Paul, which help me to understand that I find my true value IN CHRIST. Here are just a few of the things I can learn about my value IN CHRIST:

  • I am not rejected; I am chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
  • I am not an orphan; I am adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I am not held captive by my past; I am redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
  • I no longer say that I do not belong; I am God’s own possession (Ephesians 1:14)

You might ask what all this has to do with Life Options Clinic. EVERYTHING!!!! The reason so many people do not value the life of the pre-born is that they do not see that precious baby as a living human being, created by God, created FOR God. They often look at the CIRCUMSTANCES of conception … unplanned …. I’m too young, I’m still in school, I have no support, I do not have the finances necessary to raise a child, I do not have the knowledge of how to raise a child. They look at the CIRCUMSTANCES. We want to help them look beyond the circumstances to the value of every human life. We believe that life begins at conception. Here are some beautiful facts about life in the womb: (These facts are from the CareNet Before You Decide publication.)

  • At fertilization the baby’s gender, hair and eye color are already determined. (Mayo Clinic (2017, July 27). Fetal Development: The first trimester. Retrieved March 1, 2018, from http://mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-care/art-20045302?footprints=mine)
  • The baby’s heart begins beating just 22 days after fertilization. (Gittenger-de-Groot, A (2000). Textbook of fetal cardiology: Normal and abnormal cardiac development. p 15-27. London: Greenwich Medical Media Limited.)
  • At six weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP) the following is occurring in the womb:
    • The brain is developing into three main parts. (Carlson BM. (2004). Human embryology & developmental biology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby.)
    • The respiratory and digestive systems start to form. ( Carlson BM. (2004). Human embryology & developmental biology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby.)
    • The upper and lower limb buds appear. (Endowment for Human Development (2006). Documentation Center for The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD: Chapter 9: 2 to 4 Weeks: Germ Layers and Organ Formation  Retrieved from:http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_documentation_english.php#_ftnref33)
    • The baby’s heartbeat is visible on an ultrasound. (Endowment for Human Development (2006). Documentation Center for The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD: Chapter 9: 2 to 4 Weeks: Germ Layers and Organ Formation  Retrieved from: http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_documentation_english.php#_ftnref33)
  • At eight to nine weeks from LMP, the following is occurring in the womb:
  • At nine to ten weeks LMP:
  • At 11-12 weeks LMP:
    • The baby can grasp, sigh, stretch, and suck their thumb.
    • Fingernails and toenails are forming.
    • Fingerprints are forming.
    • The face, hands, and feet can sense light touch.
  • At 16 weeks their taste buds form. ( Endowment for Human Development (2006). Documentation Center for The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD: Chapter 40: 3 to 4 Months (12 to 16 Weeks): Taste Buds, Jaw Motion, Rooting Reflex, Quickening. Retrieved from:http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_documentation_english.php#_ftnref33)
  • In the 2nd trimester they can hear a range of sounds and their hair begins to grow. ( Endowment for Human Development (2006). Documentation Center for The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD: Chapter 42   5 to 6 Months (20 to 24 Weeks): Responds to Sound; Hair and Skin. Retrieved from:http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_documentation_english.php#_ftnref33)
  • In the 3rd trimester they can make tears. (Endowment for Human Development (2006). Documentation Center for The Biology of Prenatal Development DVD:  Chapter 43   6 to 7 Months (24 to 28 Weeks): Blink-Startle; Pupils Respond to Light; Smell and Taste. Retrieved from:http://www.ehd.org/resources_bpd_documentation_english.php#_ftnref33)

At Life Options Clinic, we value all life. Yes, we unapologetically value the life of that pre-born child. But, we also value the life of that precious woman who feels so desperate that she feels her only choice is to end the life of her child through abortion. How do we show that? By giving her the truth about her choices. Yes, a woman does have choices, and we want her to be fully informed before she makes a choice. So, what are her choices? Basically, there are three choices she can make: 1. Choose life for her pre-born child and parent; 2. Choose life for her pre-born child and make an adoption plan; or 3. Choose abortion. We will always do everything possible to speak truth into her life that will help her to avoid choice #3.

Over the next weeks, I’m going to go into detail about each of these options. But, before I close for today, I want to make sure everyone understands the heart of Life Options Clinic. No matter which option a woman chooses, we are here for her … to love her, to help her, to bring her to a knowledge of where she can find her true value IN CHRIST. No matter which option she chooses!

 

 

 

 

 

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