DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER DELIVERY?

Do YOU BELIEVE in life after delivery?
: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. "Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" "I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." the other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." "Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now? "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replies, “why, of course.

There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. “Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?” “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here.

Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.” The other says “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.” the other replies, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.” “Mother??” You believe in mother? Where is she now? “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.” “I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.” To which the other replied, “sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.” I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality.

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Health care ministries Vs Obomacare

I came across this article on the Internet and thought it would be worth sharing.

Health Care Ministries…who knew? Sure looks like an interesting alternative to Obomacare.

Health care ministries have been around since the 1990s, but they have grown by leaps and bounds since Obamacare passed and especially since the disastrous launch of the exchanges last fall. According to FoxNews.com, “Since the launch of HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1, membership at each of the ministries has exploded, with nearly 30,000 new enrollees — more than the number of people who selected a plan through Obamacare in 24 states.”

Health care ministries are not insurance in the sense that there is no contractual obligation to cover any service. As described by CatholicVote.org, “It’s a program in which members make a monthly monetary donation which is matched with the needs of other members who face medical bills, thus covering each others’ medical costs through a program of mutual, voluntary giving.” Yet, the article notes:

The programs are structured in such a way that it’s not just a “give what you want, when you can” situation. There are coverage levels. There are tiers. If you pay so much a month, your annual out-of-pocket expenses will be adjusted accordingly. It looks and feels a lot like insurance, and based on the satisfied testimonials of many who have participated over the years, it operates in a similar, if more personal way.

Two out of the four health-care ministries eligible for the coverage exemption — Medi-Share and Christian Healthcare Ministries — have A-plus ratings from the Better Business Bureau. And Medi-Share utilizes the MutiPlan PHCS network, the same large physician providers network that many insurance companies use. So even if Medi-Share’s members pay for medical services out-of-pocket, they often get the same in-network discounts that insurance policyholders do.

A January Religion News Service article found that monthly dues for Medi-Share for a family of four were almost $300 cheaper than the monthly premiums for a similar Obamacare insurance plan, though the Obamacare plan might be slightly cheaper if the family were eligible for all the subsidies offered (a big if!).

Health care sharing ministries are similar to the voluntary mutual aid societies that supported many social welfare institutions in early 20th century America among nearly every demographic community. Mutual aid societies, including the Masons and the Odd Fellows, collected dues from each member and assisted members in need with covering the costs of necessities like medical care and funerals.

In fact, as historian David Beito has documented, mutual aid societies were the primary source of health care coverage in many communities before the New Deal of the 1930s. “Mutual aid was a creature of necessity,” Beito writes in a Heritage Foundation paper, but “a reinvigoration of mutual aid … is not out of the question in the 21st century.”

And now the Obamacare mandates on individuals, employers, and insurance firms, have left the descendants of mutual aid societies as the only entities left with pre-Obamacare freedoms. Ironically, a health-care ministry has more freedom to price for risk and to exclude coverage of certain items — whether for religious objections or budgetary reasons — than an insurance company. These savings can be passed on to members.

Though it is a miracle that the health care ministry exemption exits at all in Obamacare, it is still unduly narrow. The exemption, for whatever reason, does not apply to any ministry created after December 31, 1999. So only four organizations meet the criteria.

These four groups are Christian, but vary in membership requirements. According to Delaware’s The News Journal, “three of the four require members to share their Christian faith, attend church regularly, submit a letter of reference from their pastor and live by standards they say are mapped out in the Bible.”

But the paper notes that one — Liberty HealthShare — “has a broader umbrella, inviting all who can embrace its members’ “shared beliefs” in God as the source of all rights and liberties, freedom to worship ‘the God of the Bible’ in his or her own way, the obligation to assist others, the duty to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the right to direct one’s own health care free of government dictates.” The Liberty HealthShare communications director told The News Journal that his ministry accepts Jews, Muslims, and same-sex couples as members.

Congress should expand this mutual aid “ministry” option to groups of all faiths and no faith, in addition to liberalizing all mandates that impede quality, affordable health care. In the meantime, there may be a whole bunch of Obamacare victims suddenly getting religion!

The four health-care sharing ministries are:

Christian Healthcare Ministries, www.chministries.org

Liberty HealthShare, www.libertyhealthshare.org

Medi-Share, www.mychristiancare.org

Samaritan Ministries, www.samaritanministries.org

via How Matt Drudge (and Other Obamacare Victims) Can Escape the “Liberty Tax”.

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Study Resources :: Abortion

Human fetus, age unknown

Human fetus, age unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Generally speaking, abortion is bad, or even wrong, because it ends the life of a human being simply because that human life is an inconvenience to the mother (or to the child’s family).

There are, essentially, two things that need to be understood in order to come to this conclusion: 1) that killing another person for selfish reasons is wrong, and 2) that yet-to-be-born babies are other persons. For the length of this article we’ll presume that the first point is easy for you to recognize (cf. Genesis 9:6, the Sixth Commandment, and Romans 1:18-32; esp. v. 29), and so, our focus shall be on the second idea (that the unborn are human persons).

First, a species only conceives members of its own species. Cats beget cats. Dogs beget dogs. And humans beget humans. You don’t see dogs conceiving antelope. You don’t see fish giving birth to cattle. And you don’t see women conceiving tigers. It just doesn’t work that way. Humans conceive and give birth to other humans (albeit tiny undeveloped humans).

With that, let’s look at what the primary differences between us, as adults, and them, as the potentially born.

We are largely independent of others for our survival. We are capable of abstract thought. We have reached a high level of development. We are contributing members of society. And we abide outside a womb.

Fetuses, on the other hand, are dependant upon the host/mother for survival. If they do have abstract thoughts, we cannot know it for fetuses are poor communicators. Fetuses exist at the most rudimentary levels of development. Fetuses contribute nothing to society. And fetuses abide in a womb.

Now the question is this: are these differences enough to keep personhood from unborn infants?

Does our independence make us more valuable than the unborn? Only in a productivity sense. I can help out around the house whereas my unborn child cannot. I can cook, clean, vacuum, and bring home a paycheck. The fetus in my wife’s womb can do none of these things. Of course, neither can my two-year-old. And neither can I when I’m really sick. Does this mean that I am less of a person when I am sick? Or that my two-year-old is not a person either? Of course not. And ending the life of either of us would be wrong.

What about the complexity of our thought lives? Am I more a person because I consider ideas such as the meaning of life and the hope of life beyond the grave? I would hazard to answer this in the negative as again this would make me more worthy of life than anyone who doesn’t think about these things as much or as clearly as I do. Hitler killed thousands of people who did not reach a level of mental capacity to satisfy him; if we base personhood on how well a human thinks, we have vindicated his atrocities.

The difference of our various levels of development operates along similar lines as far as our value as human beings. As far as production value, of course the better developed are more desirable, but this doesn’t affect our intrinsic value as humans. I don’t think any of us are ready to start killing off or enslaving C students and those who run an 8-minute mile simply because they aren’t as well developed as the A students and those who run a 6-minute mile. The C students, the four-year-olds, and the mentally handicapped all retain their intrinsic human value in spite of their inability to perform at the higher levels that those who are better developed are able.

Does personhood depend upon the degree to which we contribute to society? Not remotely. If I get in a car accident this afternoon and am laid up in the hospital for nine months, I am still a person. If someone entered my room in the ward and shot me to death, he would still stand trial for my death for we, as a society, still recognize the inherent value of people (even if they have been injured). We also do not kill hermits in spite of the fact that their contribution to society is negligible.

And does personhood depend on location? Will I be less a person if I am here or if I am there? If location determines personhood, then we should fear constantly to go anywhere, for in being somewhere else, we might lose that which makes us valuable.

In fact, none of these things determine our value as humans. What does determine our value is simply this: we are humans. We are conceived in the image of God. God has breathed into us our human spirit—and it is that spirit which gives us our innate value. Therefore, all human beings—whether small or large, new or old, productive or unproductive, intelligent or not, strong or weak, here or there—are innately worthy of respect. To kill any of them as a matter of convenience is morally wrong.

Study Resources :: Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/abort.cfm

 

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I Am Overwhelmed by 55 Million Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade | LifeNews.com

40 years ago today, seven men on the Supreme Court decided in favor of a case presented to them from a 27 year-old, unknown, post-abortive lawyer, Sarah Weddington. That case was Roe v. Wade and, along with its companion Doe v. Bolton, it legalized abortion in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, in the United States.

Today, this 27 year-old is writing to you as a survivor of that decision. The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives.

via I Am Overwhelmed by 55 Million Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade | LifeNews.com.

 

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Courageous – Final scene – I will!

Sometimes you understand things late in life…

“….A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts.  He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God.  He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect, and should call out his children to become responsible men and women who love their lives for what matters in eternity.

Some men will hear this and mock it or ignore it.  But I tell you that as a father, you are accountable to God for the position of influence He has given you.  You can’t fall asleep at the wheel, only to wake up on day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value, but the souls of your children do.  Some men will hear this and agree with it but have no resolve to live it out.  Instead they will live for themselves and waste the opportunity to leave a godly legacy for the next generation.

But there are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do fur us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same, and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction.  And we are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution.

In my home, the decision has already been made.  You don’t have to ask who will guide my family because by God’s grace, I will.  You don’t have to ask who will teach my son (and daughter) to follow Christ because I will.  Who will accept the responsibility of providing for and protecting my family? I will.  Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family’s history? I will. Who will pray for and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do? I am their father…I will.  I accept this responsibility, and it is my privilege to embrace it.

I want the favor of God and His blessing on my home.  Any good man does.  So where are you men of courage?  Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord?  It’s time to rise up and answer the call God has give you, and to say I will, I will, I will!

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Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier beetles are ground beetles  which are most notable for the defense mechanism that gives them their name: when disturbed, they eject a hot noxious chemical spray from the tip of their abdomen, with a popping sound.

The spray is produced by a reaction between two chemical compounds, hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, stored in separate reservoirs in the beetle‘s abdomen and mixed when needed in a third chamber with water and catalytic enzymes. Heat from the reaction brings the mixture to near the boiling point of water and produces gas that drives the ejection. The damage caused can be fatal to attacking insects and small creatures and is painful to human skin. Some bombardier beetles can direct the spray over a wide range of directions.

Bombardier Beetle Defies Evolution

 

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