The Ottumwa Courier


April 13, 2013

Remember: 'Thou Shall not Kill'

Thou shalt not kill — no exceptions. Isn’t that one of the Ten Commandments? Some of the Bible can vary with our different interpretations. But the commandments are very clearly stated, with no room for variance. That being the case, how do we justify doing anything different?

I may be a Democrat, but I strongly disagree with Roe vs. Wade, which is for abortion. Some think it is fine in the first trimester. It is beyond my understanding how anyone can think it is not a human being after fertilization. Don’t we call a seed a plant after it sprouts?

My wife and I did something that deeply influenced our thinking. We adopted a baby boy in 1971 and a baby girl in 1976. Carla’s biological mother wrote the most tearful letter we have ever read. In this letter she also informed us that on her way to get an abortion she changed her mind. This dramatic event has given us great pause foreverand also set in stone the commandment – Thou shall not kill. How could we think differently?

Some feel that capital punishment is fine but are against abortion. How is one better than the other when each is taking a life? Why do we justify things to coincide with our thinking vs. the Lord’s Commandment? Do we believe the word of the Bible or not? Let us quit swaying in the wind and either be a believer or not. God is the one we must answer to, not to our own subjective thinking. Let us remember that God etched in stone “Thou Shall not Kill.”

Gary Askew


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