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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Planting Life & Sustaining It

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Science recognizes that plants, grass, flowers, and trees are part of the life process. If a seed is planted, it will grow--especially if the conditions are just right with the proper amount of rain, sunshine, shade and food or nutrients. Most people wouldn't dream of ripping up the seed of a rose once planted--before it has a chance to bloom. As long as it has the capability to grow--it lives--has life.

Scientic Definition of Life
In biology, life is the condition which distinguishes active organisms from inorganic matter. Living organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, posses a capacity to grow, responds to stimuli, reproduces, and through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means.  

Biblical Definition of Life
While there is not one single definition of life in the Bible, there are enough references to give one an idea of a biblical meaning of life.

"To every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food." (Genesis 1:30) This doesn't mean that people will eat every herb, but it may be food for other animals and plants as well as humans. 

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7) Some living things will breathe--such as animals and human beings.

"The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:8-10) This is the biblical version of the same biological reference to complex organisms that communicate, which goes a step further in recognizing the tree of life, knowledge of good and evil as having a conscience.

"But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood." (Genesis 9:4) Living organisms with blood cannot live without blood, too much loss of blood leads to a physical death.

Human Life
Call a human seed a fetus, an embryo, any scientic term you'd like, but once planted, if left alone to a natural path, no science can deny the potential that it will grow into a human being. If we go by the technical biological definition of life, a human male seed planted inside a human female egg, is life. It's already growing, metabolozing, regenerating, etc. Therefore, the argument of when life is created is irrelevant. The argument of pro-life versus pro-choice is irrelevant.

It boils down to our lack of wanting to recognize our responsibility for our actions--for sustaining life. Some people would rather let a rose bloom, than a small child--a human life. 

A woman does have the right to decide what happens to her body, and she makes that decision the moment she DECIDES to have unprotected sex. Even if she uses protection and gets pregnant and doesn't want to be pregnant or feels like she can't properly take care of a child, that child's life isn't a mistake. There are other choices like adoption and people who would love to raise that child and can't have any children of their own.

Life is never a mistake, but life doesn't always turn out the way we plan. In life, things are always going to happen that are out of our control, but the way we respond IS in our control. Why can't we have as much regard to the life of a potential baby, as we do for the life of a potential rose, a tree,a dog or cat? 

Abortion is ending a potential life. In my opinion it is life. I see it as murder. You are protecting your body and your lifestyle, by taking the life of another who cannot yet speak for him or herself--or the body he or she will have. Your body has given this life a body of his or her own and it will take on many different shapes and sizes before birth and after birth.

I do not condemn people who have had abortions. You can be forgiven. All you have to do is forgive yourself and ask God to forgive you. My hope is to help others understand that abortion isn't their ONLY option if they find themselves in this difficult situation. 

My mother was a 16-year-old child when I was born. I thank God every day that she didn't choose to end my life before I was born. I love my life. I love the life I've been able to help give my daughter, and the grandchildren I hope to one day have. You could be carrying the next president of the United States, a research doctor who will find the cure for cancer, or a published author who will reach lots of people with simple words. You never know what God has planned.

Remember, no life is a mistake. There are others who have been through what you are going through. When you choose life, the possibilities are endless. I'm a walking, living example.