Velocity Student Ministries at Gladwin Assembly of God meets on Wednesday nights for a discussion entitled "r@Nd0m". It is a time for students to ask any question they want to and then we discuss it. This blog is the follow up to that discussion each week.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Abortion, Birth Control and Dating 10/5/2011
That title alone is enough to scare off anyone who is talking to teens, but we gave it a shot and had a great discussion about it. It all started from an emailed question about abortion. What does God and the Bible say about Abortion?
This actually didn't take very much discussion because we were sitting in a room full of people that agree that abortion is murder. I'm sure there are people out there that would differ greatly on this matter. I don't think there is anyone that would condone murder, so the real debate comes down to the question of when life begins. Unfortunately the Bible doesn't give a simple statement saying that life begins at conception. However there are several scriptures that deal with God knowing and loving us while we were still in the womb. Genesis 25 gives an account of Jacob and Esau struggling with each other in the womb (Gen 25:21-23). If something doesn't even have life I'm not sure how one could struggle with another. Job asks God why didn't he die at birth (Job 3:11) He didn't ask why he was never born. He asks why he didn't die when he came from the womb. This presupposes that he was already alive while in the womb. Psalm 51:6 says that God can teach us in the womb. Jeremiah says that God knew him in the womb (1:5). Jeremiah also makes the same mention of "dying" in the womb as Job did (Jer 20:17). You see in Luke 1 that John responded to the sound or Mary's voice while he was in the womb (Lk 1:43-45). Even science has proven that baby's can respond to stimulus while still in the womb. I don't think we can deny that life begins at conception if we are really honest with ourselves. The natural conclusion then is that taking a life is murder. Therefore abortion is murder. In case there is still any doubt I think the law is very clear on this one. "You must not murder." (Ex 20:13).
The whole discussion on abortion led us into the topic of birth control. Let's get one thing clear from the start. I am addressing the use of birth control for a married couple. Any sex outside of marriage is clearly sin. So, is birth control playing God or on the same level as abortion when it comes to ending a life? We're dealing with a different situation here. We are talking about preventing life from starting and not terminating it once it has begun. Those pills that terminate a pregnancy are not birth control. They are just an abortion in a pill. So that is not what we are talking about here. The Bible does tell us to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 9:7). The Bible also says that children are a blessing (Ps 127:3). However there is no specific command regarding birth control. God has intended for married couples to have children and raise them in a Godly home. But there are no specifics on numbers and whether we are free to make those decisions. This becomes a matter of personal conscience as godly spouses prayerfully covenant with God about the growth of their families. We need to be careful that our motives are pure and we are trusting in God to lead us.
We had a lot of good discussion on this topic. I think I'm going to ask a lot of questions here in the blog rather than give a bunch of answers. Follow me on this for a bit. What is the purpose of dating? I asked that in our discussion and the group said it was to find the person you are to marry. Why does dating make it easier to find that one rather than just being friends? Can you have deep conversations with a friend? Can you go places with a friend? Can you hang out with a friend? Can you marry your friend? I hope you do. To be clear here I am talking of a friend of the opposite sex. We had some confusion in my use of the term "friend" on Wednesday night. What kind of committment is involved in dating? What does it take to break that committment? So what does dating prepare you for? Let me answer those last three questions. The committment I guess is however deep you make it. All it takes to break that committment is a decision. There are no terms connected to it. So dating teaches us that committments are temporary and easily broken. Dating better prepares you for divorce than for marriage. I have yet to find a teen who can convince me that dating is necessary. If they are honest I think it has more to do with the physical side of the relationship and their hormones than they care to admit. Focus on friendships. Focus on getting to know people for who they are. Focus on the great things that God has in store for your life. Maybe you'll see there really is no need for dating.