4/30/09

Murder for the Sake of Convenience?

When Hedonism meets Humanity
By: Daniel Detulio

When it comes to abortion, you can probably guess my viewpoint, but I would like to address a little debated aspect of the argument concerning this issue. It is in regards to attitudes present in this culture- the justifications and outright apathy (it terrifies me). Given enough time, just what are we as humans capable of? Allow me to explain.

Not so long ago in an undergraduate medical ethics class at Marist College (which is supposedly Catholic by the way) we addressed the issue of abortion. Basically, the majority of the students came to the conclusion that prior to 8 weeks it is difficult to determine whether the embryo was truly a “living” human being. Logic would have then dictated, it would seem, that one should err on the side of human life and due to the uncertainty, treat the embryo as a growing person.

Apparently this mattered not to 90% of my classmates. Incredulously, I began to further inquire and push the envelope, systematically adding weeks to the embryo's (and eventually fetus's) life and becoming more shocked by the results. Despite knowing full well the fetus was just as alive and living as you or I, almost the whole class was still willing to do away with the child. Thankfully they all agreed that just prior to birth it was wrong to abort.

I was stunned. It was at that point in my academic career that I lost all faith in human logic and humanity itself. Here were fellow biology students, immersed every day in the wonderful complexities of the world, the human body, and life itself, and yet so blind? We were no longer at the point of debating whether a fetus was a human being, we were all in agreement that it was; We were merely thinking up reasons for snuffing out that life for our convenience.

“Convenience?”

Why do we compromise truth and morality for the sake of convenience? Is it out of selfishness or does it stem from apathy?

Given enough time it would seem any heart can be hardened, any mind calloused; all it takes is just tiny changes as we little by little become acclimated to immorality. It would seem that so long as the benefits outweigh what is right, then it is perfectly acceptable to do wrong. This growing trend appears to be true of just about every aspect of our lives, and most unfortunately, now including the abortion issue.

Some of the “conveniences” of allowing abortions seem to fall into two main categories (granted there are more, but most of them are completely ridiculous).

1. Ability to care for the fetus, post birth
2. Usage of the embryo/fetus in Scientific Research

Concerning the ability to care “excuse” (yes, I am calling it an excuse), it boils down to justification for killing based on the fact an unexpected new life will make things “difficult” and “get in the way” of one's lifestyle. Quickly kill it before it gains humanity-or even after! What does it matter so long as I am not inconvenienced! Ridiculous.

Concerning the usage in scientific research, the argument boils down to potential lives saved through medical research using aborted embryos and fetal tissue. Yet, might I remind the reader these are potential lives saved at the cost of actual lives. Furthermore, these actual lives are never given the chance to decide for themselves whether this sacrifice is merited.

Again, is it apathy or selfishness that leads humankind to make justifications for what is wrong? I think I'll just chalk it up as sin nature, so really it shouldn't come as much of a shock.


Ephesians 4:18-19

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

4/28/09

Welcome to the Lion’s Den

Please, feel free to explore our website. Below you will find the motivation behind every one of our posts, as well as the reason we feel it’s important for this blog to exist.

What Lions Are You Talking About?


Generally speaking, lions are perceived to be ferocious beasts who aggressively demolish defenseless victims in order to fulfill their feline cravings. Based on this perception, it is of little wonder that the ultimate enemy of humankind has been portrayed as a lion for over a thousand years. In c.63 A.D., the Apostle Peter addressed the early church warning:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

The ruler of this world has gathered unto himself a devoted army of followers spreading a tailored message of lies against God prepared for your own personal destruction. It is in the confines of familiar day-to-day life that the Father of Lies wages war. Only one means of resistance exists: God’s truth. The king of this present age has no power over the King of Kings (Rev. 19:16). It was Christ himself who fought the devil’s lies with God’s truth in the wilderness. Let us then as ambassadors of Christ and soldiers in the His army combat the flaming missiles of the Devil with the truth that has its origination with the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Where’s This Den Located?

The “Lion’s Den” refers to any institution on earth which is diametrically opposed to God. We here at “roarnomore.blogspot.com” want to specifically focus on those institutions to which college age individuals find themselves susceptible. According to the Apostle John, the world system (A network of philosophies opposing God’s truth) consists of “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life.” College professors, emergent church leaders, television personalities, etc., have successfully crafted a worldview which leaves the Creator out, and in its vacuum placed the very substitutions John warned us about. Those of us who call ourselves Christian are walking into the Lion’s Den almost every day, whether it’s school, work, or even church! Most of the material we put forth will be designed particularly to assist young Christians in the large and powerful den known as “college.”

The Mission: A Christian Worldview

College: an environment for learning, a haven of free thinking, and a forum for the open discussion of relevant life topics among like minded peers; at least, that is what it should be! Sadly, most colleges have become just the opposite!

Educational institutions are fast becoming merely factories, churning out cloned copies of teachers pushing a disgruntled worldview. Mainstream social fads replace what was once solid, concrete truth; and what once offered a pool of knowledge is boiling away into an effervescence steam of postmodernism.

Often, students find themselves overwhelmed. It is hard enough to speak up when out numbered in a classroom setting, but often our lack of overall knowledge can make things intimidating. Here we are, supposedly to learn and yet, we more often find ourselves devoting much time defending our points of view.

This is where, hopefully this blog can come into play. In addition to sharing personal college experiences, we will try to take many of the controversial topics often discussed in a classroom setting and break them down into what we feel are key premises and basic arguments, offering facts and incites for consideration from a Biblical Christian perspective; hopefully all the while still giving consideration to all viewpoints involved.

Who Are You Guys?


If you look to the side of this page you will notice under the headline “lion tamers” links to our bios. Feel free to check it out!
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