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1. “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”

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2 “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

3 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 (emp. added) “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 (emp. added)

4 Just a few short days ago: An article appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics titled, “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”

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6 “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject to a moral right to life.’ We take ‘person’ to mean an individuals who is capable of of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents loss to her.”

7 “This means that many non-human animals and mentally retarded human individuals are persons, but that all the individuals who are not in the condition of attributing any value to their own existence are not persons. Merely being a human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life” (emp. added).

8 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and every creeping things that creeps on the earth.’” Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and every creeping things that creeps on the earth.’” Genesis 1:26

9 “The alleged right of individuals (such as fetuses and newborns) to develop their potentiality, which someone defends, is over-ridden by the interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being because, as we have just argued, merely potential people cannot be harmed by not being brought into existence. Actual people’s well-being could be threatened by the new (even if healthy) child requiring energy, money, and care which the family might be in short supply of” (emp. added).

10 “These six things the Lord hates. Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.” Proverbs 6:16 “These six things the Lord hates. Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.” Proverbs 6:16

11 “If criteria such as costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.”

12 Not a baby at 7 months? Not a baby at 7 months? Biology: A Journey Into Life Arms and Camp, 1991, p. 557 Biology: A Journey Into Life Arms and Camp, 1991, p. 557

13 This account implies that it is not even pro tanto morally wrong to kill patients who are universally and irreversibly disabled, because they have no abilities to lose.

14 Journal of Medical Ethics, January 19, 2012

15 We are the fortunate mistakes of countless biochemical morons.” “We are the fortunate mistakes of countless biochemical morons.”VS. “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” Genesis 1:26 Opposing Worldviews Naturalistic evolution would logically put less value on human life.

16 This is just a taste of what happens when you remove God from a society.

17 Where does man get his objective basis, or standard, for right and wrong? Originate from God Originate from man

18 Evolutionary worldview teaches that there is no God. So which man gets to determine the standard of right and wrong?

19 How does an evolutionary worldview affect the way we view moral issues? Cheating Murder Bestiality Assault Drunk Driving Lying Infanticide Euthanasia Rape Pedophilia Assault Abortion

20 How do we teach MORALS and CHARACTER without an absolute standard – without God? How do we teach MORALS and CHARACTER without an absolute standard – without God?

21 “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments….” 1 “Without religion, I believe learning does much mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” 2 1 Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical (Philadelphia: Thomas and William Bradford, 1806, pg. 8 2 Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L.H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951) p. 294 Benjamin Rush Signer of Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush Signer of Declaration of Independence

22 Why does this matter? A person's philosophy of human life and his origins will inevitably determine sooner or later what he believes concerning his destiny. It will shape what he believes about the meaning and purpose of his life and will therefore affect his behavior in the present world.

23 “The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws…. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” Noah Webster, The History of the United States, 1833, p Noah Webster Founding Father Noah Webster Founding Father


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