By Judie Brown
The subject of hell always raises eyebrows. Nobody wants to hear about it, and many people do not even believe it exists. In our modern culture some believe the word “hell” represents nothing more than a scare tactic or a fable of long ago.
So if we explain that the act of abortion is an act of murder and a grave offense against God, most do not immediately think of an eternal punishment associated with abortion. Rather, they think of rights or freedom of choice or some other mythical idea that masks the truth. How sad!
American Thinker writer Tim Jones insightfully explained this dilemma:
In pre-modern times, people had a soul. In modern times, they have a “self.” In pre-modern times, people had character. In modern times, they have a personality. And lastly, in pre-modern times, the individual had spirituality. In modern times, spirituality has been replaced by psychology.
In other words, the modern definition of what it means to be a person has changed so drastically that common sense often takes a back seat to psychobabble. And that is particularly true when we talk about aborting a preborn baby.
Some current examples illustrate this cultural circumstance. For instance, when Live Action founder and president Lila Rose was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News, she “said she was told that ultrasound images of prenatal life are in violation of Twitter’s ‘hate content, sensitive topics and violence’ policy.” Apparently showing the world the results of a scientific study of the preborn child—which is what a sonogram represents—is no longer considered to be honest. Rather, the image of the baby is somehow upsetting or even hateful!
Then there’s the case of the physician who lives in a state where the law requires him to be honest about abortion and its side effects. One writer tells us that such laws and the doctors who follow them are literally lying to women. She claims: “Many doctors are forced to lie to their patients today precisely because the law requires that they do so.”
She denies that abortion puts expectant mothers at a higher risk of breast cancer, but it does.
She denies that abortion can cause a woman to be infertile, but it does.
And she denies that the IUD can cause an abortion, but it can.
One could say that this writer, Nancy Northup—who is the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights—is so devoted to abortion that she cannot see the truth. In fact, she defines it as a lie. This is the kind of person who would assuredly pat us on the collective shoulder and tell us that our immortal soul will be just fine no matter what kind of heinous crime we commit.
Northup is an apologist for crimes against the innocent, pure and simple.
So where does that leave those of us who live our lives devoted to truth and justice for every person—born and preborn? Unfortunately, if your name is David Daleiden you might be facing criminal charges and jail time for your truthfulness and devotion to God. Fortunately, most of us are not in this situation, but we can never stop evangelizing for our faith.
As Archbishop Charles Chaput recently said:
This is why the evangelization of culture is always, in some sense, a call to spiritual warfare. We’re in a struggle for souls. Our adversary is the devil. And while Satan is not God’s equal and doomed to final defeat, he can do bitter harm in human affairs. The first Christians knew this.
Do we know this?
Abortion kills a child of God. It is and has always been a deviant act. Even though it’s tolerated in our present age, it will lead to hell unless the perpetrator repents. But first he or she has to know it is wrong. Remember the words of American historian Gertrude Himmelfarb: “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned.”
American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program strives daily to pursue the very evangelization that Archbishop Chaput encourages. Building a culture of life, CLSP reaches out to provide parents, teachers, and others with the tools they need to teach the truth in this age of deception and error. Join CLSP in evangelizing. Teach your children the truth so they understand the reality of sin, for yes indeed, hell is real.
Truth does not change. Let us have the courage to tell it!
Join American Life League as we work to cure this toxic pathology by teaching the truth with our Culture of Life Studies Program, by showing others how to live it with our Life Defenders program, and by arming others for battle with our Stop Planned Parenthood International program.