Wallace Henley: We Cannot Claim to be a Civilized Country So Long as We Continue Killing Babies

Abortion and infanticide gauging the value of a human life on such utilitarian criteria as “capacity,” and “viability” of a baby, are playing with “hell fire.”

Jesus said that “whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22)

“Raca” comes from a root word meaning “to spit.” It means “empty” and “worthless” to the extent it deserves to be spat upon. “Fool,” moros (“moron”) in the original Greek, refers to someone as “silly” and “stupid.” These two terms used together express a level of contempt that is “utter vilification,” according to The Hebrew-Greek Study Bible.

A person speaking “Raca” (in some form) against another — especially one’s own kin — is in danger of the “council,” says Jesus. But those evaluating a person as a “fool” are in danger of the judgment of Hell. Any human council — like the Sanhedrin in the era in which Jesus spoke — can judge based on external behavior. However, only God can judge the internal motives. “Hell fire” is the biblical expression for the perfect justice of God that must come if there is no repentance.

History is replete with examples of how people have rated human beings made in God’s image as “worthless.” Slaves were killed or allowed to live based on their capacities for work. Women were judged in some cultures as having worth in proportion to their abilities to serve men. Prior to labor reforms the value of workers as human beings was sometimes determined by how hard and long they worked, and how much they produced.

The ancient Canaanites were and are infamous for their sacrificing of children to their idol, Moloch. Even in later antiquity, people living in Jerusalem would take handicapped or “inconveniently born” (unwanted) babies to the Gehenna ravine, and hurl them into the fires that burned there continually, along with all the other refuse.

Archaeologists were shocked recently while digging at a site near Poggio Civitate, an ancient Etruscan town in Italy. The diggers found human infant bones scattered around, dating back 2,500 years. Anthony Tuck, a member of the team from the University of Massachusetts, said the tiny skeletal remains were “simply left on the floor … or ended up in an area with a heavy concentration of other discarded remains of butchered animals.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley

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