The Hippocratic Oath and Abortion

 

Hippocrates rubens

I’m not looking to begin a discussion, I’m just pointing something I don’t’ think I knew before:

The hippocratic oath, traditionally taken by physicians includes a point that reads:

Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion.

Whoops.

The Oath was written by Hippocrates* (460 BC – 370 BC), an ancient Greek physician, recognized the evils of abortion.

 

 

* The authorship is in dispute and it may have been written after his death.

Exodus Intl keynote

Exodus Intl keynote

By now you all probably know that Exodus International has announced they will be closing their doors. If you’ve only read the written apology by it’s President Alan Manning Chambers, you haven’t heard the whole story. Alan made a presentation during the keynote at the annual conference. It’s very moving and sheds light on the fact that Exodus didn’t start out to become oppressive or hateful or anything else we think it is.

There are many lessons for the church in this video and I hope you find some time to watch it.

You can check it out here.

Masturbation: is it moral and healthy

Rachel Held Evans has collected 7 different views on the question of “Is Masturbation an acceptable component to healthy sexuality for Christians?” It’s an interesting read and by interesting I mean sometimes interesting and sometimes infuriating.

I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that masturbation is immoral and harmful to the human person. It dislocates an aspect of the sexual act from its rightful place as part of the whole marital act. It is not ok for a single person, not ok for a married person, and not ok just because “everyone” does it.

Having said that, when it comes to dealing with the topic, especially with young people, we must do so with charity and a view to explaining God’s love and its proper mode(s) of expression. We must not be “puritanical” in this, just like we should… well, never be puritanical.

It’s not the worst thing someone can do. Murder is worse and we shouldn’t pretend like masturbation is the greatest sin of all time (currently, according to many, that would be homosexuality).

I may respond in more detail later, but for now go over and give it a read. What are your thoughts on the topic?

(By the way, I am grateful that Rachel did this, so the parts that make my angry, don’t make me angry at her for collating the responses).

The Horrors of Dr. Gosnell

[DISCLAIMER: All claims to criminal acts in this article are still to be proven in court and Dr. Gosnell is innocent until proven guilty by a judge or jury and therefore all charges are alleged.]

I struggle when deciding whether to post certain material to my site, especially if it is political in nature. This however boils my blood like very few topics do. A Doctor (in title only), who ran an abortion clinic was arraigned by a grand jury on murder charges for murdering and keeping trophies of post-birth babies. He made millions. That’s only the first outrage. The second is that the mass media is not covering the trial (they seemed to have provided ample coverage when the charges were laid in 2011, but not the trial). This seems outrages and we should be ANGRY! O.J. Simpson trial – let’s camp out. Doctor of horrors – oh hum. I would think this would make for great sensationalism, but I guess the underlying issues are just too much for the media machine to manage.

The grand jury report in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I’ve read. “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors,” it states. “The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.” (The Atlantic) 

Here’s a link to a short 20-minute documentary on the case.

And here are some articles from the slim pickings around the net that are covering the case.

Bloomberg

The Telegraph

The Atlantic

Tom Ascol

Slate

Salon (refuting a coverup)

Regardless of your view on what the media is or is not doing, take some time to pray for all those involved and affected by this case and what led up to it.

None of this should really surprise anyone. This is the natural outcome of abortion policy and the mindset that allows it. The baby is unwanted, so be done with it, as expeditiously (or not) as possible. Aldous Huxley was right – Brave New World indeed.

Jesus loves the gays, this I know [repost]

This is my Easter resurrection story this year. I am rising from the muck of cynicism and standing with the outliers. I am proclaiming the good news that God is for us: for me and for you. I am choosing to see and love you for who you are, even in the midst of our weakness, our failures, our hatefulness, our ugliness because I am all of those things too. I will do this imperfectly, and sometimes I will fail utterly. But that is when God will step in and make something beautiful.

Read the rest at Deeper Story

Be open to life and live like it.

As everyone knows the US is going through two legal battles right now over the definition of marriage. This battle has been fought in Canada already and same-sex marriage is legal across the country. I’m beyond tired of this issue and I’m not really here to talk about it directly. Nor, am I going to tell you my take either way – partly because I’m somewhat unsettled on certain parts of the issue. If you want to know where I somewhat stand, you can find it somewhere in an unrelated article somewhere on this blog.

Right now, I want to speak to those who want to uphold the view that marriage is: a conjugal union of a man and a woman designed to unite husband and wife to each other and to any children who may come from their union.

In other words, at the centre of the argument is the view that procreation is central to marriage. It makes sense, if you don’t believe that marriages should centre around an openness to life, then really, who cares?

Listen up though folks: if you believe in this, let’s call it a “traditional” view of marriage (1), then how open to life are you? No, seriously, how open to life are you? If you’re Catholic you promised in your ceremony to be open to life and to welcome in any children God may give you. As part of this you also inherently promise not to frustrate God’s intentions. Do you use birth control? Either condoms, foam, or the pill? Have you thought through the implications of such action? Have you researched the health implications or investigated other options?

Certainly, not everyone is meant to have a large family, but how much of that is our choice and how much is up to God? Are you open to life at anytime or only when you’ve had 10 years in your career? What’s more important: your ability to travel to far away exotic locations, or to bring children into the world? There are morally licit reasons to space out a family, such as financial and health reasons, but wanting to hold off so you can go on vacation unencumbered by a child, isn’t one of them.

God gave Adam and Eve very few commands (apparently one too many), but one of them was to have children. That’s it. Have a family.

Are you open to life on God’s terms or just your own? If you really, really, believe in the traditional view of marriage, you better be, or you’re just making empty arguments.

Many families struggle for years to either get pregnant or stay pregnant. The average number of miscarriages now is 3. I am the fourth child in the my family, but I’ve never met the others because the middle two were stillborn. My parents tried really hard to have me. They were open to life. Having trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant does not invalidate a marriage in this view, because the central issue is that the couple is open to life.

If you’re a heterosexual couple and you don’t intend to ever have children: should you even get married? The Catholic Church would say no and many same-sex marriage advocates would agree because if procreation is the centre of the argument, if you intend not to have children, then what are you getting married for?

The point is simply this: if you’re going to fight to uphold the “traditional” view of marriage, then really think about what you’re saying about your own marriage, or marriages in general. You’re saying: “I am open to life” and I’m open to it on God’s terms, not mine (though there is obviously some aspect of partnership here), so live that way. Don’t live like the rest of the world does thinking you can choose when to have children without God’s input. The best way you can show support for that view of marriage is to live it out.

(1) Yes, I know, many will argue whether or not this view of marriage is really that traditional, but I believe it is.

The Gospel of Sex

Ever since the SuperBowl there’s been a lot of talk about Beyonce’s performance (or perhaps her clothing), sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, etc. I won’t reiterate any of that discussion, others have covered it quite adequately (links below).

I just wanted to make a much subtler comment. I’m not a football fan so I didn’t see the event or the performance in question and I’ve only seen one photo of her attire. What we saw, once again, was the breaking through of the alternative to the Gospel of Christ: the gospel of sex, lust, and “I’ll choose for myself what is right and wrong”. Under the surface there is a darker reality, existing right in front of you.

A lot of technology has been successful because of the sex industry, especially as we become increasingly mobile. Your laptop, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android (cough) has led to an explosion in the accessibility of pornography, organizing sexual liaisons, and other degradations of woman and men. While there is some question as to what came first, the chicken or the egg (what fuels what, porn or tech), there is no denying that a lot of technology is finding its primary purpose the consumption of sex.

Smoking, gambling, and alcohol come with labels that either overtly warn that the activity you’re about engage in will either kill you or they ask you to “enjoy our product responsibly”. The most you get if you consume products from Sex Inc. is a warning that you better be old enough to look and better not be easily offended. No warning about the horrors that are occurring behind the scenes of these movies. Nothing about the young children that are kidnapped and forced into prostitution. And most certainly nothing about how they are all connected. The gospel of sex says that you can enjoy it responsibly. No, you can’t. It’s evil, plain and simply. Behind those smiles, the girls and woman are in incredible pain.

Can we use our technology to redeem this horrible reality? Can we use it to heal the wounds of a sinful culture that has become so captivated by the gospel of sex that it uses amazing feats of logic to justify their behaviour?

Here’s one way you can help. Regardless, you can start by recognizing your technology has what it is. An amoral tool that God has given you and entrusted you to use for his good purposes. The tool has nor morality – it gets it from what you use it for.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:27

Use the tools you are given to honour God. The real Gospel of Christ has unlimited power, but our witness is harmed if we compartmentalize our lives. We do in fact, disqualify ourselves.

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
– Matthew 18:9

Most of us don’t think Jesus actually wants us to pluck out our eyes, but are you willing to ditch your technology if you can’t respect the holy purpose for which God intended it to be used?

It’s all connected. It all matters.

Misc links on the SuperBowl