Friday, June 21, 2013

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Psalm 139:13-17
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

There are several evidences in the Bible that strongly determine an unborn child is a human life well before birth and that this child is deserving of protection until the time of birth. Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. “There I lay hidden -- covered by thee. Before I could know thee, or aught else, thou hadst a care for me, and didst hide me away as a treasure till thou shouldest see fit to bring me to the light. Thus the Psalmist describes the intimacy which God had with him. In his most secret part -- his reins, and in his most secret condition -- yet unborn, he was under the control and guardianship of God.” Quote by C. H. Spurgeon.

The word cover means to interweave; to weave; to knit together, and the literal translation would be, "Thou hast woven me in my mother's womb", meaning that God has put a baby’s body together, as one who weaves cloth, or who makes a basket. The eyes of the Lord see the unshapely embryo in the womb of the mother and His hands fashions every part. With eternal wisdom, God has formed the intricate workings of a tiny human body according to his divine model and plan. I am fearfully and wonderfully made: is a mystery of God so private to the human eye yet, the womb is where every organ, limb, and biological structure is harmoniously and marvelously created in His sight.

Forty years have passed since the Roe vs. Wade case and abortion was made legal in America. To take the life of an unborn child is unthinkable, especially to those who name the name of Christ. God’s wonderful design for human life is beyond man’s comprehension. An unborn child is fully human at conception, a reward given by God in the womb of a woman. At conception the sperm fertilizes the egg, and a dramatic and instantaneous change occurs–––these two cells form a new cell, a baby. This new cell has a genetic uniqueness, completeness and is a whole person.

Forced Abortion in China

Each year, millions of mothers in China are forced to undergo abortions or sterilizations under the One-Child Policy. For the majority of Chinese people, pregnancy with a second child and any pregnancy without a birth permit is considered "out-of-plan" and therefore illegal. Family Planning Officials, tasked with ensuring "out-of-plan" children are never born, track down pregnant women and forcibly terminate pregnancies. Pregnancy termination methods can be unsafe, often lacking anesthetics and proper sanitation. The consequences can be hemorrhaging, infections, or lifelong injuries such as paralysis—in some cases even death.

Statistics about Forced Abortion and  Female Suicide in China

China is the only country in the world where women commit suicide more than men. In fact, the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center reported in 2009 that the suicide rate for females was three times higher than for males. Suicide is the #1 cause of death among Chinese rural women aged 15-34. In China, 56% of the world’s female suicides occur, but only 20% of the world’s population lives in China. Five hundred women commit suicide in China each day.

Abortion Statistics in China

Chinese data show that 13 million abortions are performed each year, for an average rate of 35,000 abortions per day.  An average of 8 million women undergo abortions every year in China. The abortion rate among women in China is 29.3%, which far exceeds the average level of other developed nations; in the population of 20-29 year-old young women, the abortion rate is 62%. In Shanghai, Beijing and other large cities, the rate of repeat abortion is higher than 50%.

One-Child Policy Punishment in China

Mandatory abortion, which is often referred to as “remedial measures” (bujiu cuoshi) in government reports, is endorsed explicitly as an official policy instrument in the regulations of 18 of China's 31 provincial-level jurisdictions. Severe government fines pose a dilemma between undergoing an unwanted abortion and incurring potentially overwhelming financial costs.

Children may go without household registration (hukou) in China because they are born out of plan and their parents do not pay the necessary fines.  Lack of a valid hukou raises barriers to access to social benefits typically linked to the hukou, including subsidized healthcare and public education. (Statics by www.allgirlsallowed.org/forced-abortion-statistics)

Thought: The Omniscience of God is clearly seen in the Scriptures above and shows we are under the watchful care of a All-Knowing and All-Seeing God. Because we are the work of His hands, there is no doubt He knows us and has formed us in the image He planned. At the moment of conception, we were wondrously wrought in our mother’s womb and miraculously framed to be who we are today. Our God thinks upon us, How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,” and deems all human life to hold tremendous value. The unborn child is made in the image of God and we as Christians must acknowledge and proclaim the sanctity of life.

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