Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, May 31

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thanks for support of Head Start

To the editor:

Thank you for allowing us to use this public medium to convey our express gratitude to the many "partnerships" that have contributed to the success of our Head Start and Early Head Start program year.

We have been enriched by the many community volunteers who spoke at our parent meetings as well as contributed time and materials to the success of our program. Parent volunteers have been active and have ensured the success of our program as well.

We are grateful for the community involvement that continues to make Head Start and Early Head Start the success that it is.

Bedford Early Head Start Staff

Wartrace Head Start Staff

Bible passage indicates life begins with first breath

To the editor:

Donna Eyman [Letters to the Editor, May 24] is a perfect example why people need to educate themselves and learn how to read. Then they would be able to read their Bibles and find out what God has to say about abortion instead of having to depend on preachers. This is where things really get bent all out of shape, putting faith in man, instead of God.

All legal matters within the Bible should be approached without emotion or prejudice by all parties. This approach is of primary importance in solving all legal, moral, social and doctrinal matters found within the Holy Scriptures, but sadly, this has been an almost impossible ideal to achieve when it comes to certain subjects of the Bible and in society.

The question of abortion is one that is hard to extricate from the realm of emotion. People often make judgments on such issues by what they see and feel, rather than by the documentary evidence that the Bible gives on the matter.

Does the Bible reckon abortion as murder? No, this question is easy to answer. In no teaching of the Bible (no matter in what section one looks at the issue) is abortion considered as "illegal killing" of a human being. The first point that all should consider is the question: Is an unborn fetus considered by God as a bona fide human being?

The answer is clearly "no" in all aspects of the word and this is shown in the text of the Holy Scripture. When the patriarch Job was complaining about his affliction and pain, he made the statements to God that he wished he had never been born. He said "let the day perish in which I was born, because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from my eyes. Why Died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the spirit when I came out of the belly? ... Or as an untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light." (Job 3:3, 10-11, 16)

That last verse, Job 3:16, tells us very much about how Job saw the matter of being a fetus. He saw it as "not having been" or as we would say, "not having existence." That is exactly what the text says and that is what any common sense person would accept as the teaching of Job.

For decades the debate over abortion has involved the meaning of what constitutes a "human being." Actually the Bible solves that problem by denoting that a "living soul" is begun when the person takes his or her first independent breath. Until that time a person becomes a "living soul," the fetus is soulless. As Job's wise young friend Elihu states, the spirit in human beings animates and unites with the body to make a "living soul."

"There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding ... The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life." (Job 32:8 and 33:4)

John Owens,


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