Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, June 4

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bible scriptures say unborn babies are humans

To the editor:

I agree with John Owens [Letter to the editor, May 31]. People do need to educate themselves and read the Bible. They definitely should not depend on preachers. He also raised a very appropriate question: "Is an unborn fetus considered by God as a bona fide human being?"

Mr. Owens then takes a dangerous step and answers the question for God with a "no" and quotes scriptures not spoken by God, but by Job.

In the context of Job's statements, and all scriptural statements, it is important to read the entire scripture and keep it in context. In this situation, Job was under attack by Satan at the time and obviously was not thinking clearly. When God spoke later in the book of Job, asking Job about his erroneous views, Job said, "Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth" (Job 40:4).

Job realized his position, humbled himself, and repented. God would not even consider hearing from Jobs' "wise" friends and required them to make their offerings through Job.

The question remains, however, "Is an unborn fetus considered by God as a bona fide human being?" The answer spoken by God is found in Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations."

Clearly God considered Jeremiah a bona fide human being prior to being born. The Bible is full of other examples of babies who were not yet born that were recognized by God, such as Isaac, Jacob, Esau, John the Baptist, and even Jesus himself. These people were real bona fide people to God before they were born or formed in the womb, in other words, when they were conceived.

The Bible is often used to support or oppose any given issue. So, let's look at our law.

A person who causes the death of an unborn baby can be, and often is, charged with manslaughter and prosecuted. The person who performs an abortion, is paid for causing the death of the same unborn baby. Why? Clearly the law recognizes the life of the unborn baby.

The difference is Love. One baby is presumed loved and wanted, the other is not. Political minds call it "choice." We have a choice. The mother has the right to choose. She has the right to choose to obey God, abstain from sex, use contraceptives, etc. The question is, does she have the right to choose to take the life of another placed in her care?

Choices have consequences. Women I know who have had an abortion years ago regret it deeply. Regardless of what the choice is, the woman is forever changed.

A true, loving relationship with God is the answer to lifes' problems. The choice is up to you.

Phillip Heath,


Scripture proves that we are humans before birth

To the editor:

I almost never read letters to the editor, however, sitting at work I glanced at the letter on abortion [Letter to the editor, May 31] in which an individual claimed people don't read scriptures and that it plainly states in the Bible that life does not begin until the first breath is taken.

Well, it weighed and weighed on my heart and I have to correct this person, as the scripture says no such thing.

First, when Job deplores his birth he is merely just aggravated to the point where he wishes he were never born. This has nothing to do with an individual being not having a soul or what have you.

Second, in Jeremiah 1:5, The prophet Jeremiah states from the spirit, He says, "Then the word of the Lord came to me saying: Before I formed you in the womb (before conception) I knew you: Before you were born I sanctified you (had a purpose): I ordained you a prophet of the nations."

Then, if you will, in Psalms 139:14-16 David says, "I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works. And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret. And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were written the days fashioned for me. When as yet there was none of them.

Isaiah 49:1 states "Listen to me all of you in far-off lands! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name ... "

I am joyous to inform you that the Lord had a plan for each and every one of us before we were born. God already called us.

Now you're saying what if someone is raped and so forth, well, God uses the bad and brings forth good from it. Everything happens for a reason, a mere babe in the womb is God's creation and although it has not taken its first breath of air it has a soul.

God specifically states that He knew us in our mother's womb. I believe whomever wrote the letter to which I am replying has been misinformed. I pray your eyes will be opened to this. But, yes, abortion is wrong, no matter the circumstances. What God says is it -- no questions asked.

Samantha Brown,


Public Works needs to do a better job

To the editor:

Shelbyville Public Works Department leaves a lot to be desired.

I have been trying to get (director) Mark Clanton to repair the drainage ditch alongside 119

Maple Street. He has been trying for over a year to get it right and the ditch still has standing, stagnant water in it. We had not had rain for more than two weeks.

The neighborhood children play in the filthy water. The ditch is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

If Mr. Clanton did his job instead of trying to get his picture and name in the newspaper, the ditch would have been repaired a long time ago.

Judi Raimondi,


Stop dumping unwanted animals

To the editor:

I realize the guilty party may not ever see this letter, but maybe someone who is about to do the same thing will.

Last Monday I saw two little female Chihuahua mix dogs -- brown with white on their chest -- running around Mt. Lebanon Church.

There were some workers there, so I thought maybe they belonged to them. However, when I saw them again it was Friday afternoon and they were running up and down the road like they were looking for someone.

They ran along behind every car, but only to a certain point. They were stuck between two houses with lots of big dogs and they were scared to go any further.

I called my neighbor, who said she too had seen them running up and down the road. They had no collars.

I decided to call Bedford County Animal Control even though it was 5 p.m. on Friday. They said they would come out on Monday. Knowing they had been there a week already with no food or water I went back to pour out some food and put out a bowl of water so they would not starve to death before animal control came.

They would not come to me -- they were very scared. I am not sure they even came to the food. The next morning I went back to check on them and they were both dead, one was on the side of the road in a curve -- the other several feet on down -- run over by cars, I am guessing.

Bedford County has the Bedford County Animal Control on Lane Parkway, where you can surrender your animals.

Shelbyville has the Shelbyville Animal Control, and we have a Humane Association.

Yes, they stand a chance of being put to sleep if not adopted from BCAC or Shelbyville Animal Control, but they try to find them homes.

Bedford County Animal Control uses pet finder and is involved in the Rescue Waggin'. They have placed many animals, and the workers there put in numerous hours working that they aren't compensated for.

Certainly their fate would be better than starving for a week running up and down a strange road, lost and scared with no shelter, then being shot or hit by a car and suffering until they die.

People would like to dump the animal out and think, "Well, I gave it a good chance instead of killing it," but that is nothing more than selfishness on their part. It makes them feel better but it is not helping the animal. They don't know what really happens to the animals they put out.

Bedford County will soon be opening a spay/neuter clinic. We have to spread the word that all of these places are available for help, and stop people from throwing animals out on the side of the road to suffer. Do the responsible thing, people.

Anita Epperson,


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