April 7, 2016
Thanks, Doug, for the helpful metaphysical study you added to this discussion from Mrs. Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and from articles from Christian Science periodicals.
Thanks to Doug Patti for leading a rousing Christian Science Monitor discussion on the lead article from the April 4 Christian Science Monitor, “Inside Texas’ Abortion Wars” by Warren Richey. Needless to say, we did NOT solve this debate, but did raise some questions/comments to ponder:
· The article stated (p. 29) “Not every by-pass case involves rape or extreme tragedy. But they do share one characteristic—the teens are all desperate for help.” We talked about how God supplies our needs and therefore we can pray to know all needs are met by God.
· Is it a government’s place to legislate morality?
· Where does education fit into helping people avoid the need for abortions not caused by things beyond their control?
· The article stated, “One common form of parental abuse; ‘If you ever get pregnant outside marriage, we will throw you out in the street.’” (p. 28) Again, we can pray that all of God’s children are loved, always loved, unconditionally loved.
· How can we change public perception for some that abortion is another form of contraception? We can pray that man is a spiritual idea, not ”animal” with material urges and instincts.
· What is true love? How can the people find this true love instead of thinking love is only about sex and physical intimacy?
· Where does our heritage/culture fit in with our views of abortion/unwanted children? We can pray for parenthood, recognizing God is our Father/Mother, knowing there is support, structure, and the wherewithal to support the innocent child.
· What about the two commandments, “Thou shalt not kill.” And “Thou shalt not commit adultery?”
· We should not judge or condemn—here is a thought from the April 10 lesson on Are Sin Disease and Death Real?, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness.” Gal 6:1
· The act of an abortion (killing a fetus) does not solve a problem. The article, “The Abortion Question” by Carl Welz, August 4, 1973 CS Sentinel says, “Abortion cannot eliminate irresponsibility.”
· What is true about the unborn fetus? It has always existed as an idea of God. In the same article, Carl Welz states, “Man is never the creator. God alone creates.”
· If we stop cherishing our youth, our society will fall.
· One final thought . . . that the choice should eventually be that of the woman.. May we pray that the woman’s choice is based on love, life, spiritual guidance, and her highest sense of right at the time. May we see an upwards trend in morality. Again from the article by Carl Welz, “Do we love enough to provide an atmosphere in which an unwed mother will not welcome the thought of an abortion?” and, “If we base our thoughts and actions on the truth that bases the Commandments . . . it will also help lift moral thought and conduct to the point where divine Love will reign in human hearts and people will no longer experience human manifestations of life that they do not want.”