To the editor:
We have quickly reached Christmas time, the time God becomes man in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Many theologians reference Romans 5:12-18 "Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ" in their homilies at Christmas service. In reference to Adam, Paul's "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned" - Paul describes original sin which we received through Adam's disobedience to God.
In contrast, Paul's " For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people." And that life would be sin free through Jesus.
Jesus gives everyone the opportunity to be sin free - even abortionists. He forgives sins of murder (abortion), suicide (euthanasia) and gay consummation (gay marriage). He forgives the killing of embryos. As much as they are abominations, God still loves the sinner. Because of these abominations our group will continue to pray for the sinner.
Prayer works as is proven by changes in society. Protestant denominations have declined but the numbers of ministers has risen. The Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.
This year's tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Prayer is also working in abortion. The Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood's research arm) reports that 1.6 million babies were aborted in 1990. In 2007 to 2012, there were 1.2 million-plus abortions per year consistently. Approximately 3,200 babies die every day from abortions and every 23 seconds a baby is killed by abortion in the U.S.
Unfortunately, 40.2 percent of abortions in the United States are performed on African-American women, while they represent only 13 percent of the female population of the country. We must improve in our prayer direction.
As Ronald Reagan once said, "We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life - the unborn - without diminishing the value of all human life." Once we've rejected the intrinsic worth of all human beings, we have no firm basis for equal treatment regardless of unequal abilities or characteristics."
Accuracy in Media reports "48 percent of Americans polled say they consider themselves 'pro-life' and 44 percent are 'pro-choice.'"
Gallup found in July 2011 that the question about "a law requiring women seeking an abortion to be shown an ultrasound image of her fetus at least 24 hours before the procedure," the response was that 50 percent of Americans favored this and 46 percent opposed it. Also, if a married woman decides to have an abortion, 64 percent of Americans believe that the husband should be notified by law. When asked whether physicians should notify and inform the patient of the effects of having an abortion, an overwhelming 87 percent of Americans said they would support such a law.
In May 2003, 56 percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal in this case. In the last three months? Seventy-four percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal if the mother doesn't have a specific reason to raise the child. In May 2007, an overwhelming majority of Americans of 72 percent said that late-term or partial birth abortion should be illegal.
As stated, prayers do work. It is important that we continue our prayers on Jan. 19, 2014, at the Bethel AME Church at 1 p.m. after our Lewistown Pro Life March. Look for our ads.
Citizens Concerned with Human Life Mifflin Juniata Inc.