Thursday, October 9, 2008

The RH Bill from the Biblical Viewpoint

by Lissa Apolinario-Poblete DMD MHPEd

Have you ever wondered how you, as a Christian, should react toward the Reproductive Health Bill?

Let us examine what the word of God says so that we will be rightly guided. Psalm 119:133 says, "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me." Let the word of God be the foundation on which we will base our opinions and reactions. For Psalm 119:130 says, "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."

The RH Bill is also called the "Reproductive Health and Population Development Bill".Maybe you have heard the idea that the Philippines is overpopulated, that's why it is needed. This "overpopulation" idea that says that poverty is due to our vast population. However, this is a flawed way of thinking that blames hunger and poverty in a country on the number of people it has. It has the simplistic notion that there is hunger because there are too many people to feed. Maybe you even accept this idea. Have you ever stopped to think if your views agreed with the word of God?

The word of God says, that sons are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward, sons are like arrows, and blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them! Sons are a heritage, an inheritance from the Lord! In Filipino, ang ating mga anak ay mana natin sa Panginoon! More than that, children are a reward. Not just a blessing, but a reward! And the word of God says, blessed is the man whose quiver (or arrow container) is full of them. Children are a blessing, both to a family and to a country. When we look down on children as a burden, we are going against the word of God. We must be aware that the line of thinking that considers children as a burden, and not as a blessing from God, is what breeds the "birth control mentality", which
considers pregnancy as a curse and as a roadblock to worldly success, which then leads to the abortion mentality, which places absolutely no value on the life of an unborn baby so they can be killed on demand.

As Dr. Franklin Payne says in his book "Making Biblical Decisions" : "It appears never to have occurred to the advocates of controlled population development that the logical way out of the chronic situation in which there are more hungry people than food is not by way of reducing the population, but rather of increasing the production of the means of subsistence. Numbers per se are not the disease, so birth control (especially abortion) is not the cure. The fact is, the cure is worse than the problem. There are hidden agendas, motives, and severe distortions of facts."

The word of God also says in Malachi 2:15 "Has He not made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring." The Lord puts man and woman together in a marriage covenant because He was seeking godly offspring. The Lord is looking for godly offspring, not birth control of the offspring. The "children are a burden to the family and to the nation" mentality is not consistent with the word of God.

The main goal of the bill is to reduce the population by reducing pregnancies. This is contrary to what God's word says that "sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth, blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." (Psalm 127:3-4) In the Bible, Sarah (Abraham's wife), Hannah (Samuel's mother), Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist) and Mary (the Lord's mother on earth) all received their pregnancies with joy. Their children all grew up to change the course of history for countless generations.

Government- mandated population control is not Biblical because Psalm 127 says that sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Government-mandated population control was done in the Bible by Pharaoh in the time of Moses ("the Hebrews are becoming too many, kill them as they are born, throw them in the Nile River") and by Herod in the time of the Lord Jesus( the slaughter of the innocents). One unsuccessful population control law was issued in the time of Esther. The death decree issued by Haman to kill all the Jews was overturned by God through an orphan, Esther, as she risked her life twice to approach the king of Persia under penalty of death, for the sake of her people.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:11 "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." We must not consider abortion acceptable, but rather expose it. Christians may not be aware that the RH bill condones abortion. It does. Abortion is a crime in the Philippines. The Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, Book Two (Crimes and Penalties), Title Eight (Crimes against Persons), Chapter One (Destruction of Life), Section Two- Infanticide and abortion, Article 255-259 says that abortion is a crime. The RH bill even says so, that abortion remains illegal. However, it has a provision that says "government shall ensure that women seeking care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner." If the bill has nothing to do with abortion, why include this provision? It is already in practice. Hospitals already care for those who have aborted/killed their babies through abortifacient drugs and the use of "hilot". If the bill is for "Reproductive Health and Population Development", post-abortion complication management should have nothing to do with it, because abortion is illegal. The law upholds the baby's life. It makes the people who aborted and who carried it out liable and accountable to the law for killing the baby. The phrase "post-abortion care" is an oxymoron, because "care" is only used for the woman. Abortion, let us remember, is 100% fatal to unborn babies. Someone must care about the baby whose life has been ended by his mom and by whoever forced the mom to kill her baby. The baby's life should be considered. Legalizing post-abortion "care" will put funds into it and will punish non-obedience to the law. Legalizing post-abortion "care" definitely disregards the baby's life. An unborn baby's life is important to God, because Jeremiah 1:5 says,"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you". Psalm 139:13 also says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

The Bible says that the Lord will demand an accounting for a person's blood that is shed. Genesis 9:5 says, "And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man." The Lord sees every drop of blood that is shed when a person is killed. The Lord sees every drop of blood of every aborted baby. God said to Cain, in Genesis 4:10, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground." Innocent blood that is shed cries out to God for justice. Legalizing post-abortion care will disregard the innocent blood of the baby with regard to the the laws of our land, but there is a Righteous Judge who hears their blood cry out to Him, a Judge who will plead the cause of the unborn baby.

The RH bill also mandates the government and employers to supply contraceptives, including abortifacients, to the nation. Contraceptives include intrauterine devices ( IUDs), condoms and birth control pills. Did you know that some birth control pills and all IUDs can cause death of an embryo? There are two kinds of artificial contraceptives: one that prevents conception(like condoms) and one that kills the embryo before it implants by making the uterus hostile to the embryo (IUDs, birth control pills).We should remember that life begins at conception, therefore, anything that kills a CONCEIVED life, whether that human life is called an embryo or is called a fetus, causes ABORTION. So, as the condom is not an abortifacient, some birth control pills have an abortifacient effect. Birth control pills are not that effective in stopping ovulation, and pill manufacturers know it makes the uterine lining hostile to an embryo. The IUD acts by irritating the uterine lining in order to make the uterus hostile to an embryo. So it also causes death of an embryo.

The RH bill also mandates comprehensive sex education from 5th grade. That means children will be taught a contraceptive lifestyle, an immoral, lustful lifestyle focusing on "safe sex" and encouraging "experimentation". Sex is designed by God only for married couples (a man and a woman). The Bible says in Hebrews 13:4, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

Our children need chastity and purity education focused on Biblical principles, and not comprehensive sex education. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

The RH bill also lets pro-abortion NGOs become part of a "population commission" on local government levels. So pro-abortion people will technically run the population control program. The NGOs backing this population bill are pro-abortion. The Family Planning Organization of the Philippines is the Philippine office of International Planned Parenthood Federation. Planned Parenthood is the LARGEST ABORTION CLINIC OPERATOR in AMERICA.

As Christians we must realize that by accepting the birth control mentality we are actually becoming allies with pro-abortion groups. The word of God says: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God." (2 Cor 6:14-16) The idolatrous, humanistic, godless world-views of the culture of death:"sexual and reproductive rights", "birth control mentality", "overpopulation", "the woman's right to choose" and "abortion as a reproductive right" have no fellowship with the principles of the word of God. By agreeing to the principles of the culture of death we are being yoked together with people who hate God.

Christians must not compromise with the culture of death. It is time for us to think like God thinks. To think of people and children as God thinks of them-as blessings and not burdens. We should consider this generation and the next generation as our flock and our harvest field! We will love and appreciate children. We will not look down on people with large families. Then we will say as the psalmist said in Psalm 78:4-7, "We will not hide them (the teachings of God) from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children,so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands." and in Psalm 22:30-31 Posterity will serve Him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn--for He has done it."