Thursday, June 30, 2022

WORLDVIEWS in CONFLICT: PRO-LIFE ARGUMENT WON EASILY (published 6-30-2022; article #337)

Introduction

My 6/26/2022 article mentioned the 6/24/2022 USSA “Supreme Court” decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade. This article expands on the “pro-choice” versus pro-life debate that this once great nation continues to endure – based on worldviews in conflict.

I do not apologize for using the phrase “the murder of the unborn child,” instead of the euphemistic term “abortion.” That is my choice. Your choice is whether or not to read what I write on this topic. I hope that you choose to read.

I will affirm the pro-life position. My reasoning will be based on logic and fact – not emotion and subjective opinion. Sadly, the rational art of proper reasoning, by logic and fact, is often overcome, by irrational “arguments” from emotion and subjective opinion.

Conviction

I will not “flip-flop” or be “wishy-washy” – as the first President of the USSA is – on this topic. I quote from “Psaki dodges question on when Biden believes human life begins: Biden previously said that life begins at conception but changed his mind,” by Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, published February 1, 2022, 4:52 PM EST. I added yellow highlights for emphasis.

In September, Biden appeared to change his stance that life begins at conception while discussing a controversial abortion law in Texas.

"I respect those who believe life begins in the moment of conception – I respect that," he told reporters. "Don't agree, but I respect that."

Before making that statement, Biden had said multiple times dating back to at least 2008 that he believes life begins at conception.

"I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view," Biden, who identifies as Catholic, said in 2015.

The divinely inspired James (who wrote to Jewish Christians, in the first century) stated:

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8 KJV)

Unlike the first President of the USSA, I am not a double minded man. My ways are stable. I wish that President Biden could say the same.

Definitions

Before my affirmative, I must define my terms. I define my terms in this section and in other sections that follow. My definitions are from Merriam-Webster, or “old man Webster's dictionary,” as I've heard folks in these parts say for years. I have added my highlighting in yellow and underlined certain words and phrases. My note is in brackets.

Definition of pro: 1: an argument or evidence in affirmation. 
Definition of life. [Note: twenty definitions are listed. I list three here, as relevant to my affirmative.]
1a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
  b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
  c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism sense 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
8: a vital or living being specifically: person
18: an opportunity for continued viability
Definition of person: 1: human, individual
Definition of human: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens): a person
Definition of humankind: the human race : humanity
Definition of humanity: 2a: the quality or state of being human
Definition of baby: 1a(1): an extremely young child especially: infant
Definition of child: 1a: a young person especially between infancy and puberty

Thus, by Mr. Webster, I define “human life” as a “person” or a “human.” This, of course, should be common knowledge. A young child or baby is a person, according to Mr. Webster.

Merriam-Webster defines abortion as (with my highlighting and underline added):

1: the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: such as
a: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — compare miscarriage
b: induced expulsion of a human fetus

Merriam-Webster defines “fetus” as (with my highlighting added):

specifically: a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth

Some abortions are miscarriages that happen naturally. Other abortions are induced by medical procedure. I will affirm the “pro-life” truth, against induced abortions.

Note that Mr. Webster defined abortion as the “induced expulsion of a human fetus,” which results in “the death of the embryo or fetus.” Mr. Webster, therefore, affirms, by definitions, my position that the unborn child is human and that an induced abortion results in the death of the human fetus.

Affirmative from Science and the Declaration of Independence

Science

Despite President Biden's unstable double-mindedness, science verifies that human life begins at the moment of conception. The fact is not in doubt. I am not aware of any current “pro-choice” argument that claims that life does not begin at conception.

I could site many sources, to prove that human life begins at conception. I quote from the WebMD article “Slideshow: Fetal Development Month by Month,” reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on February 24, 2021. I added my yellow highlights to the quote.

Fertilization happens when a sperm meets and penetrates an egg. It's also called conception. At this moment, the genetic makeup is complete, including the sex of the baby.

MedicineNet, Inc. is “owned and operated by WebMD.” Their “Pregnancy Week by Week (First, Second, and Third Trimester),” medically reviewed on 5/12/2021, contains the following quotes. I added my yellow highlights to the quotes.

First Trimester (week 1 - week 12)
At 4 to 5 weeks:
   Your baby's brain and spinal cord have begun to form.
   The heart begins to form.
At 8 weeks:
   All major organs and external body structures have begun to form.
   Your baby's heart beats with a regular rhythm.

The lengthy article continues to describe the further development and growth of the unborn “baby.” The truth that human life (as a developing baby) begins at conception is proved by science.

Declaration of Independence

In the July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence, it is written:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

“Self-evident” is that which is obvious. For example, It is self-evident that one plus one equals two. The Declaration of Independence states that the Creator (God) created all men equal, with inherent (unalienable or intrinsic) rights that include the right to life.

Let's ask Mr. Webster (Merriam-Webster) for the definition of “man,” as the plural of “men.” I highlighted the words in yellow.

Definition of man: 1a(1): an individual human

Mr. Webster has defined a child or baby as a “young person.” He has defined a “person” as a “human.”

The Declaration of Independence states the self-evident truth that the baby -- who became human at the moment of conception -- has the right to life – as endowed by the Creator (God).

Affirmative Won

If the unborn child in the womb is human, and if the unborn child has the right to life, then the unborn child must be allowed to live – and not to have his or her right to life violated, by induced abortion.

Mr. Webster (Merriam-Webster) states (with my highlighting added):

Definition of murder: 1: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
Definition of unlawful: 1: not lawful: illegal 2: not morally right or conventional

The unborn child in the womb is human, as I have verified. The unborn child has the right to life, as I have verified. The unborn child must be allowed to continue to live.

That right to life should not be violated, by induced abortion. An induced abortion is murder. This is why I call “induced abortion” the murder of an unborn child. Induced abortion is not morally right.

The exception would be to save the mother's physical life -- if both the unborn child and the mother would die, if the child were to be born. If the child would live, after birth, but the mother would die, while in the process of giving birth, then the choice would be based on the decision of the mother – only in that situation. That situation is rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states (with my underlining added): “The death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is a tragedy for her family and for society as a whole. Sadly, about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.” The CDC does not state the number of women who die at delivery.

Potential Rebuttals Answered

My verified affirmative victory for the unborn children will generate various rebuttals. I will respond to nine theoretical rebuttals.

Rebuttal 1: “it is my body and my choice. You do not have the right to determine my choice.” Pregnancy involves two bodies – the mother and the separate human life in her womb. The unborn child cannot yet state his or her choice – to live or die. The unborn child in the womb has the right to life, which overrules the mother's desire to kill her child. My prior reasoning proves this fact.

Rebuttal 2: “you have a right to your opinion. Don't force your opinion on me.” The topic is not subject to opinion. It is based on fact. The unborn child has the right to life. My prior reasoning proves this fact. You must acknowledge the fact.

Rebuttal 3: “the unborn child is like an acorn. The acorn is not an oak tree yet.” The acorn will become an oak tree, if it is allowed to continue to grow. It is an oak tree “in the womb” of development. The unborn child will become a born child, who will further develop into an adult. If the “fetus” is not human, give it time to grow and to be born. You will see what it becomes. Your argument from analogy is invalid and not sound.

Rebuttal 4: “I made a mistake, by getting pregnant. I want to correct that mistake.” Everyone makes mistakes. No one, except the Good Lord, is or was perfect. Do you wish to make another mistake, by murdering the unborn child in your womb?

Rebuttal 5: “I don't care for or want this baby!” Your lack of love or care for the unborn child in your womb does not override that child's right to life. As a secondary thought, the father of your unborn child may be unknown or known to you. He and you may communicate or not. He and you may have a good or bad relationship. I don't know. Your moment of passion created your unborn child. If that moment of passion was a mistake, then please don't commit another mistake by murdering your unborn child! After your child is born, I think that you will love him or her! (See “Rebuttal 6” on organizations that can help you!)

Rebuttal 6: “Having this baby will cause me emotional, relational, societal, economic, and/or spiritual harm.” Is the right to life contingent to the absence of harm? Many organizations (i.e., churches, pro-life centers, etc.) are available to help you, if you reach out to them. What if you develop a health condition that requires others to care for you? Would you want that care, or would you rather be put to death, to prevent the “harm” that your caregivers would face? Please do not cause yourself further harm, by living with the memory that you killed your unborn child – just to avoid various types of potential “harm” to yourself. Please seek help!Many others and I are ready to help you!

Rebuttal 7: “Various polls indicate that America is divided on the abortion issue. We should defer to the opinions of others and not be dogmatic.” Really? When is absolute morality (i.e, the right to life) determined by opinion polls? What if opinion polls indicated that some people consider theft, the abuse of others, or even murder to be good? Would you defer to their invalid views? Morality is not determined by the majority (or even by opinion polls). Many in this nation have immoral views that accept the murder of unborn children. What if many accept the murder of a different ethnic group (euphemistically called ethnic cleansing)? Would you defer your opinion to them? I didn't think so.

Rebuttal 8: “How can you be for the death penalty and against 'pro-choice'?” This is a false analogy. The death penalty punishes a murderer for his crime(s). I can prove my argument for the death penalty. What crime did the innocent child in the womb commit? Affirm your position that it is morally correct to murder the unborn child – if you can.

Rebuttal 9: “What about pregnancy due to rape or incest? Isn't abortion a valid choice then?” We agree to the fact that rape and incest are immoral. Pregnancy by rape or incest is rare, perhaps one percent or less, but it happens, sadly. (I have researched the statistics.) If possible, the rape victim, with caring support, could receive immediate medical treatment (the removal of the male semen) before conception. If conception occurs, the child conceived in violence is innocent. If the unborn child could speak, he or she might say, “It doesn't matter how I began. What matters is who I will become." The question on pregnancy by rape or incest does not refute the fact that the murder of the unborn child is immoral. In urgent situations, I have violated speed limit laws (with emergency flashers on), to assist family members, who were experiencing a significant health crisis. My violation of the speed limit (the lesser evil) was necessary, to help my loved one (the greater good). God will judge, not me, the woman who allows her unborn child, conceived by rape or incest, to be murdered, to help her overcome whatever real trials that she would face, if she had given birth to her child. God is a just Judge. I defer to His judgment.

Of course, other rebuttals can be offered. I can overcome any other theoretical rebuttals. My reasoning, which I have stated, is both sound and valid.

Affirmative from Scripture

You will notice that I won the pro-life argument without the use of inspired scripture. The use of the Bible to affirm the pro-life argument is valid. First, however, the affirmative must prove that the Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God. I can prove, and I have proved, that affirmative. By God's grace, I have led atheists to either theism or even to salvation. I had to start by proving the existence of the God of the Bible and then prove that the Bible is the inspired word of God.

My affirmative from scripture assumes that those who read this section believe and know that God exists and that the Bible is His inspired word. I write this section to help believers, who accept, in error, the “right to choose” arguments. If you claim to be a Christian, you cannot accept that the murder of unborn child is scriptural. I will cite scripture references and include my comments.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:27,28, NIV)

Mankind, which includes the unborn, is created in God's image. The “divine spark,” soul, or new human is created at conception. Male and female are fruitful when they increase the number of humans by the procreation of their child together. The Creator grants his human creation the right to life, because we are made in His image. This truth is self-evident.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalms 139:13-14, NIV)

The psalmist David addressed God. By inspiration, David stated that he (not an inhuman mass of tissue) was in his mother's womb. He used “me,” which is his reference to himself, in his mother's womb.

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ” (Jeremiah 1:4-5, NIV)

The inspired prophet Jeremiah stated the Lord's word to him. God appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet, before God formed Jeremiah in his mother's womb. The physical act of procreation is when God forms the child in the womb. God, who is all knowing, knows each person – before conception. It is a sobering thought to realize that God has always known me – even before I was conceived! He knew my past life. He knows my current life. He knows my future life (and death). He knows my everlasting Home!

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:11-17, NIV)

The inspired Luke records the angel Gabriel's statement to Zechariah, the father of John the Immersionist. I highlighted “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.” Reasoning from the specific to the general concludes that each innocent, unborn child is filled with the Holy Spirit, while in the mother's womb. Sadly, once the child reaches the age of accountability, and freely chooses to sin, the Holy Spirit cannot be present, until salvation restores the presence of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of this article prohibits me from unpacking further the depth of this theological thought.

I hope that my argument from scripture helps change the mind of believers, who still accept, in error, the murder of unborn children. One cannot be a true believer without affirming the right to life.

For Further Pro-Life Reading

This nine-page article cannot encompass every aspect of the worldview conflict on the murder on unborn children in their mothers' wombs. In my research, I found and read sections of several websites – both for the murder of unborn children and for the right to life of those children. I will reference two of those websites.

"Abortion Facts" contains twenty scholarly articles on abortion and provides support for pregnant women, who seek alternatives to abortion. The website is pro-life. The accreditation is:

Selected content reprinted with permission from John C. Willke M.D., Barbara H. Willke R.N., John Jefferson Davis Ph.D., David C. Reardon Ph.D., Abort73.com, Eternal Perspective Ministries, Abolish Human Abortion, Life Issues Institute, BlackGenocide.org, Heritage House '76, Inc. & The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

“Abortion Procedures” is “a project of Live Action.” The website is pro-life and has videos with comments by OB/GYN medical doctors, who used to perform abortions. The videos and comments regard first trimester abortion pills, first trimester suction D&C abortion, second trimester D&E abortion, and third trimester induction. Anyone who affirms the right to murder unborn babies should watch the videos.

Conclusion

Conflicting worldviews is nothing new. Unbiblical worldviews love the world (i.e. the secular, the temporal, the natural, and the evil). The biblical worldview loves the Lord. The world hates the biblical worldview.

Jesus, the Christ, spoke the following words, to his disciples, on the eve before his crucifixion:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:18-19, NIV)

I suggest that you read the Gospel of John 13:1 - 17:26. You will understand John 15:18-19 in context.

The inspired apostle John wrote:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17, NIV)

The “pro-choice” versus pro-life debate is one example, of many, of worldviews in conflict. True Christians and true churches need to love the pregnant mother and her baby. They should not look down on or shame the mother, if she is unwed. They need to love the mother, by their loving and supporting ministry to her. Many churches and pro-life organizations are ready to help.

Those of the world, who affirm “the right” to murder unborn children, are wrong – even if the majority of the world agrees with them. Morality is not subjective and determined by opinion polls. Morality is absolute, since it comes from the Divine Lawgiver - God, who never changes. The world vandalizes pro-life clinics, threatens pro-life individuals, and spews irrational diatribe. The world enjoys hearing its thunder. The world tries to force its ungodly worldview, by intimidation, not by logic.

We, who are not of this world, follow the biblical worldview. The Gospel of Matthew, in chapter ten, records Jesus' commissioning of his twelve disciples. In verse 28, Jesus states:

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28, NIV)

The biblical worldview does not fear the world. We have reverential fear of God, who has saved us from everlasting destruction, by our faith (based on evidence) response to His Son – who was conceived and born of a virgin – according to God's eternal scheme of redemption. I can prove these facts of faith. I have done so many times.

In the Gospel of John 13:1 - 17:26, which I have referenced, Jesus stated to his disciples:

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know. (John 14:1-4, NKJV)

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. I STAND with many, who are prepared. Our faith guides us by the biblical worldview. We STAND with God, who is the majority, against the ungodly world and its evil worldviews. If you have not joined us, will you join us? The invitation is open. You have the free will to choose. Choose wisely.


Sunday, June 26, 2022

BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW: 1st CENTURY, 21st CENTURY, 6-24-2022 PRO-LIFE VICTORY (published 6-26-2022; article #336)

Introduction

Today is for deep and serious thought. I stated the following – in the final paragraph of my 6/7/2022 article, “BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW - BOOK RECOMMENDATION by BARNA: 'American Worldview Inventory 2021-22: The Annual Report on the State of Worldview in the United States' (published 6-7-2022; article #332):”

I still have several rough draft articles on “spin the bottle.” I may finish and publish the various “spins,” but they will be within the context of this overarching article that I have published.

This article will encapsulate those several rough draft articles into one article. The dizziness, caused by the spinning worldviews, must stop!

On 6/24/2022, Friday, the USSA (Un-united Socialist States of America) “Supreme Court” agreed, in a “landmark decision,” with God's SUPREME COURT. My “Twenty-First Century Worldview” section will include more details and commentary. I may write a separate article on the profound topic.

This article, however, focuses on the first century worldview, the twenty-first century worldview, and the biblical worldview. The conclusion will encourage the world – with emphasis on this once great nation – to return, in repentance, to the biblical worldview.

First Century Worldview - the Inspired Apostle Paul

The Bible is the inspired word of God. Each writer wrote by God's direction and guidance. I can prove, and have proved, this fact that informs my faith.

The inspired apostle Paul's letter to the Christians in Roman contains a wealth of divine wisdom. Paul's inspired words, which follow, include my highlighting.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32, NKJV)

The apostle Paul -- who lived and wrote by inspiration in the first century -- encapsulated the first century worldview, which was largely unbiblical. A modern study of first century culture agrees with the apostle Paul.

In the first century, God gave over the majority, who followed unbiblical worldviews, to a debased mind. They were without excuse. The knowledge of God and his righteousness was evident. They ignored the evidence and lived ungodly lives.

I do not need to comment further on the eloquence of the apostle Paul's inspired letter to the Romans. Remember that the first century marked the beginning of Christ's church – after Jesus, the Christ, the incarnate Word, had become flesh, lived as the God-man, been crucified, rose again, and ascended back to heaven. The historical record is faith based on fact.

Twenty-First Century Worldview

The unbiblical worldview has not changed much in over 2,000 years. History records moments of spiritual revival, such as the Protestant Reformation, and so forth. The inspired apostle Matthew cited Jesus' timeless words:

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV)

For centuries, the majority have continued down the broad way to destruction. Few have walked the “straight and narrow” way. The right way is not determined by the majority (such as in “opinion” polls). The right way has been established by God.

The division in the USSA is based on worldviews in conflict. The broad way is wide and filled with unbiblical worldviews. I will cite only three examples (which were in my rough draft articles). Other examples abound.

Gun Control”

I have written before that “gun control” is when a moral individual aims and fires his or her weapon – in target shooting, hunting, or defense of life. Immoral individuals – not the gun – cause the ongoing abundance of crimes, murders, and “mass shootings.” Legislation cannot regulate morality. God gives us the right to defend ourselves and others. By the way, “The Constitution of the United States” agrees with that God-given right, under Amendment II (1791):

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

On 6/23/2022, Thursday, the USSA “Supreme Court” agreed with God's SUPREME COURT. The SCOTUSBlog has the article by Amy Howe, “In 6-3 ruling, court strikes down New York’s concealed-carry law,” SCOTUSblog (Jun. 23, 2022, 10:36 AM). Justices Thomas, Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett affirmed. Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissented. Supreme Court of the United States, Opinions has the link for the PDF download. I am sure that you have heard about the details. I will not comment further.

Also on 6/23/2022, the USSA Senate passed a “gun control” bill. Fox News reported: "Senate clears path for final passage of bipartisan gun bill: Senate likely to vote on final passage for bipartisan gun bill Thursday or Friday,” published June 23, 2022, 10:36 PM EDT, by Tyler Olson, Fox News.

The bill passed the House, and the first President of the USSA signed the bill into law, on 6/25/2022, Saturday. Source: “Biden signs gun control bill in wake of deadly mass shootings: 'Lives will be saved.' Biden says gun control law doesn't accomplish all he hoped for, but bill was compromise.” By Caitlin McFall, Fox News. Published June 25, 2022, 10:09 AM EDT.

This new “gun control” law will give “Monopoly money” to states, to create programs to keep firearms away from people who endanger themselves or others (i.e., red flag laws). Also, it will “enhance background checks” for gun buyers under age 21, further penalize criminals who use guns, and give “Monopoly money” for health and mental health programs. Additionally, the law will close a "boyfriend loophole."

The “gun control” debate, in this once great nation, is one example of worldviews in conflict. If the majority would simply follow the biblical worldview, then “morality control” would be enforced by each individual's free choice to do right. Laws, on the purchase and use of firearms, that do not violate Second Amendment rights make sense. Where, however, are the voices that address the underlying moral decay that has been leading to all the shootings? Why do many cities (i.e., Chicago, etc.) that have “tough gun control laws” have the most shootings?

The apostle Paul stated that the first century worldview included those who engaged in wickedness and murder. The biblical worldview would stop, or greatly reduce, “gun violence,” wickedness, and murder. I rest my case.

LGBTQ Pride Month”

June is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) “pride” month. June is also post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Source: List of National Days,Commemorative Months. The Library of Congress lists June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

Even the supposedly conservative Fox News has affirmed “Pride Month,” since last year. Sources: “Fox Celebrates Pride Month by Adding a 'Little Bit of Color,'” by Steve Gidlow, published June 9, 2021. “Republicans Blast Fox News for Promoting LGBTQ Pride Month,” by Andrew Stanton, 6/14/2022, 3:34 PM EDT. “Fox News Promotes Gender Ideology with Propaganda-Filled ‘Trans’ Family Story,” posted by The Daily Citizen, June 10, 2022.

The small town of Rutledge, Tennessee, even made the news earlier this month. The written article is at WSMV-TV, Nashville, Tennessee, "Pastor files lawsuit against Rutledge church that accused her of ‘practicing homosexuality’ (wsmv.com),” by Camruinn Morgan-Rumsey, published Jun. 6, 2022 at 12:45 PM EDT, updated Jun. 8, 2022 at 10:09 AM EDT. The video is at WVLT-TV, Knoxville, Tennessee, "Pastor files lawsuit against Rutledge church that accused her of ‘practicing homosexuality’ (wvlt.tv)," updated Jun. 6, 2022 at 10:00 PM EDT. I wonder how a female “pastor” can be the husband of one wife? I, however, am digressing into a topic on church organization and leadership, into which I will not delve deeper in this article.

The inspired apostle Paul stated that the first century worldview included women, who “exchanged the natural use for what is against nature,” and men, who left “the natural use of the woman” and “burned in their lust for one another.” The majority view, even in churches, that contradicts God's morality on this subject is wrong. The biblical worldview is right. I rest my case.

Murder of Unborn Children (Euphemistically Called Abortion)

The rough draft that became this section started on 5/11/2022. On that day, I read Phil Robertson's SubStack article, "My Answer to the Most Crucial Question in the Abortion Debate: How we answer this question determines whether or not abortion is moral,” by Phil Robertson, May 11, 2022. Brother Phil wrote a fine article. I suggest that you pause, to read his article. I affirm every word that he wrote.

Evil individuals have been threatening Supreme Court Justices and pro-life groups, even vandalizing the buildings of pro-life groups. Source: CNSNews, “Report: ‘Open Season’ on Pro-Life Groups, 40+ Attacks Since Alito Opinion Leaked on May 3,” by Stephanie Samsel, June 21, 2022, 3:16 PM EDT.

On 6/24/2022, Friday, the “Supreme Court” decided in agreement with God's SUPREME COURT! I pause, to bend my knee, in a prayer of thanksgiving to the Good Lord!

The media have been filled with information and commentaries. The SCOTUSBlog reports: Amy Howe, “Supreme Court overturns constitutional right to abortion,” SCOTUSblog (Jun. 24, 2022, 10:13 AM).

The total number of war fatalities -- from the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) to the ongoing “War on Terror” – is approximately 1,304,702. Source: Statista, Number of military fatalities in all major wars involving the United States from 1775 to 2022. We must honor those brave soldiers who fought and died for freedom!

I was still a boy, on January 22, 1973, when that USSA “Supreme Court” issued its opinion on “abortion rights” in Roe v. Wade. The estimated number of unborn children, who were murdered (i.e., aborted), from 1973 to January 2022, is 63,459,781. Source: Christian Life Resources, “U.S. Abortion Statistics By Year (1973-Current): THE CONSEQUENCES OF ROE V. WADE: TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973: 63,459,781,” Updated January 2022.

On 6/24/2022, I read the following article, from a known sister in Christ. (The links are in her article.)

I am that poor woman of whom the pro abortion people talk about.
I lost my job.
I lost my car.
I lost my apartment.
I lost many friends and family for a long time.
I had my power turned off in the middle of winter.
I had to go on public assistance and food stamps.
I was sent to collections and sued for my balance from the doctor’s office and dropped as a patient.
I was forced to go to an abortion clinic by the bio father, and I walked away and went to a crisis pregnancy center across the street called InvestingHope (HOPE Resource Center).
I am a women who has been blessed by God beyond measure because I gave life to my child, [child’s name removed, to protect privacy].
Abortion as a Solution is a lie.
For those who purposefully use it as their form of birth control, May God have mercy on you.
Roe v. Wade has been overruled and we Praise the Lord!!

I look forward to hugging the neck of my known sister in Christ! Her written words brought a tear to my eye.

The apostle Paul stated that the first century worldview included those who were unloving and murders. “Abortion” is a euphemism for the murder of an unborn child. The only exception would be to save the physical life of the mother. That is a rare exception. Media sources, for many days, will include “arguments” for the murder of unborn children. They will argue that the mother's “right to choose” overrides the right to life of her unborn child. They will argue that the mother's social, economic, and emotional well-being negate the right to life of her unborn child. Those arguments affirm a worldview that does not value the sanctity of life and that is not the biblical worldview. I rest my case.

The Biblical Worldview

Luke, the inspired author and companion of the apostle Paul, wrote Paul's statement of his conversion, which reads, in part:

“While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:12-18, NKJV)

The apostle Paul changed his worldview from unbiblical to biblical. His eyes were opened. He saw the Light. He was saved. The apostle Paul dedicated the remainder of his life, to bring the unsaved from their dark worldviews to the light of the biblical worldview – by salvation.

Conclusion

My 6/7/2022 article referenced the study by Dr. George Barna. The study is unsettling. It verifies that many – even many, who call themselves Christian – are not living according to the biblical worldview. Those who are not Christian are certainly following unbiblical worldviews.

The examples that I have cited in this article (“gun control,” LGBTQ “pride,” and unborn child murder) are only three of many – indicating that this once great nation does not, in majority, hold the biblical worldview.

My written prayer, now and ongoing, is that this once great nation will see the Light, repent, and be restored to the biblical worldview – before it is too late. At least the majority in the USSA “Supreme Court” has the biblical worldview – as demonstrated on 6/24/2022! Praise God for that victory!