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God knows us

I’ve read my Bible.

Yes, Adam was created by God and life was breathed into him, but after God created Eve, she gave birth to the human race (Genesis 3:16).

The Bible has many references regarding the womb and the sacredness of life. “He brings us forth from the womb” (Psalms 22:9). “Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb” (Isaiah 44:2). “Thou dost send forth Thy Spirit, they are created” (Psalms 104:30). “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalms 127:3).

God knows us before we are conceived. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5).

We can debate what terminology we use for a human fetus. What is not debatable is that women give birth to human beings.

God knows us before we are conceived. We are created in His image, given life by His will and His Spirit dwells in us from conception. King David articulates this: “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance” (Psalms 139:13-16). God loves us, calls us to him, desires for us to accept his son as our savior and become his follower. What is questionable is, after the abortion of 61 million human beings, how long God will tolerate a nation that has destroyed so many made in his image.

John P. Pruitt


105 years of intolerance

In response to the present opioid “epidemic,” doctors have lost their licenses and pharmaceutical companies are facing huge lawsuits, but the real cause of this crisis — drug prohibition — is not being blamed or even mentioned in any news article on opioids I have yet to encounter. If it were not for 105 years of drug prohibition, American adults would have developed safe ways to opiate themselves if they wish, and accidental overdose deaths would be rare.

Perhaps the federal government, with its religiously based policy of drug prohibition, should also be sued, finally shining a light on the real damage done by strictly prohibiting fairly harmless herbal substances, thus encouraging smuggling of very powerful and dangerous substitutes such as fentanyl and methamphetamine.

James Stewart Campbell


The greatest sin

The Gospels do not tell us that killing a baby is the greatest sin one can commit. No, the Gospels tell us that the greatest sin, by far, is the sin of hypocrisy.

Jesus offers hope, forgiveness and redemption to those who have killed. But Jesus assures the hypocrites only that, in the Day of Judgment, it will be better for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah than it will be for hypocrites.

This is precisely why a moral imperative must be universalizable. It must apply equally not only to all people, but to all like choices.

But those who would deny a woman the choice to have a legal, safe abortion have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. Their arrogance knowing no bounds. Serving only themselves, they have declared that life begins at conception. Enthusiastically casting the first stone, they condemn abortion as murder.

The only certainty about life is that it begins in the mind of God. The destruction of the life in an unfertilized egg or a sperm can be no less than the destruction of the life in a fetus, or a baby or an octogenarian. Thus, there can be no valid moral argument against abortion.

Pity the so-called pro-life hypocrites, pious frauds, stalked by the Day of Judgment. Pray for them.

Andy Miller


An embarrassment

President Trump stood next to an ally, the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and sided with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. On Memorial Day. He chose Kim over his own national security adviser, John Bolton, and a former American vice president, Joe Biden.

I understand that Trump is in the habit of running his mouth without putting his brain in gear. For some reason, his supporters like that.

But to stand on foreign soil on Memorial Day and run down his fellow Americans is just wrong. It’s embarrassing to the whole country. If President Obama had done half of what Trump did, the impeachment hearings would have started before he returned to U.S. soil.

Whatever few benefits there may be to Trump’s presidency, he has denigrated the U.S. in the eyes of the world.

Monty Owen


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