The Importance and Defense
of Innocent Human Life
Father David C. Trosch
Faith is not a question of feelings but is rather a question of acceptance
and adherence to authenticated teachings out of love and trust in God.
Christians should at the very least accept the Word of God – the Holy Bible
– as authentic teaching. Jesus Himself made the following statements:
The law Jesus referred to was teachings of the Old Testament with particular
reference to, "The Law of Moses." Saint Paul made the following
clear statement in regard to the approved Scriptures – now referred to
as the Old Testament,
"Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the
smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place." [Matthew 5:18]
"It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest
part of a letter of the law to become invalid." [Luke 16:17]
The authenticity of the Old Testament should not be questioned at least
in regard to matters of faith and morals as Jesus and His disciples frequently
quoted from many of the passages in a fashion that should be seen as giving
them unquestioned authority through the auspices of God the Father. While
the New Testament accounts had not been enumerated, it should be clear
that the teachings and writings of the apostles were also to be honored.
"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for
refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness," [2
After Noah and his family had finished their tasks in regard to the
ark, God gave them the following series of permanent instructions:
"Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions
that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours."
[2 Thes. 2:15]
"And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved
brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you,
speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are
some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to
their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures." [2 Peter
These directives of God establish the high value of human life and
the limited value of all other forms of life. Human fertility is of such
great importance that God both opened and closed this segment of instruction
with the command for pregnancy and care of human life following birth.
In verse six God made it abundantly clear that the wilful taking of innocent
human life was to be punished with the extreme penalty – death at the hand
of humans. (It should be kept in mind that God had set the example of taking
guilty human life when He brought the great flood upon the Earth. Men,
within their limitations and directives of God, are to follow the examples
set by God. While major destruction of human life should always remain
in God's control, it is man's duty before God to remove life from those
who are doomed according to just teachings.)
- "God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: "Be fertile
and multiply and fill the earth.[Genesis 9:1]
- "Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I
give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood
still in it you shall not eat." [Genesis 9:3-4]
- "For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from
every animal I will demand it, and from man in regard to his fellow man
I will demand an accounting for human life. If anyone sheds the blood
of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has
man been made." [Genesis 9:5-6]
- "Be fertile, then, and multiply; abound on earth and subdue
it." [Genesis 9:7]
In subsequent books of Moses further clarifications were made so that
those guilty of knowingly taking innocent human life where distinguished
from those who had accidentally or for legitimate reason taken human life.
It should be clear that all who wilfully take innocent human life without
moral imperative are guilty of cold blooded first degree murder and are
fit subjects to be put to death at the command of God. They are deserving
of no protection.
In recent decades a full understanding of the female fertility cycle
has been established. This understanding has been known by the Creator
from the beginning. God, the Creator of the Universe, also designed/engineered
all that it contains. In the following passages God established His design
for promoting procreation.
"Whoever takes the life of any human being shall be put to death;"
"All human beings that are doomed lose the right to be redeemed;
they must be put to death." [Leviticus 27:29]
The foregoing places coitus following a period of abstinence during
almost all women's period of fertility. Additionally during her fertile
period she emits pheromones that encourages associated males to have intercourse
with her. Also during this period she is normally more friendly, more desirous
of and more receptive to advances than she otherwise would be. The intention
of God is that women (married) become pregnant and provide potential
members for the kingdom of Heaven. God is unlimited in His ability and
capacity to share. Those who enter eternal life will also want to share
with as many individuals as possible. What is good for God is good for
God has also provided a means for natural spacing of children for women
who nurse (lactate) abundantly. There are also factors in life that
reduce the probability of pregnancy such as malnutrition, stress, as well
as some mental and physical health problems. Doctrine of the Catholic Church
also allows, under limited circumstances, the use of the fertility cycle
for temporary abstinence. Such usage may never be primarily for the avoidance
of pregnancy. The contraceptive mentality is gravely offensive to God's
eternal plan of maximum sharing with Him following this life.
To emphasize the importance of children Saint Paul associated motherhood
with salvation. It should be understood that men must accept their natural
responsibilities to obtain salvation. Any act by man or woman that frustrates
motherhood is offensive to God. While motherhood is normally the product
of the woman's pregnancy, it is also practiced in unselfishly taking care
of other children whether orphaned, abandoned or otherwise in need of mothering.
While it is natural to want to adopt an infant, and this is a good act,
it is more meritorious to adopt older children.
"When a woman has her menstrual flow, she shall be in a state
of impurity for seven days. Anyone who touches her shall be unclean
until evening." [Leviticus 15:19]
"If a man dares to lie with her, he contracts her impurity and
shall be unclean for seven days; every bed on which he then lies
also becomes unclean." [Leviticus 15:24]
"You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her
while she is unclean from menstruation." [Leviticus 18:19] – Stated
in the format of a commandment.
"If a man lies in sexual intercourse with a woman during her menstrual
period, both of them shall be cut off from their people, because they have
laid bare the flowing fountain of her blood." [Leviticus 20:18]
"In you are those who uncover the nakedness of their fathers, and
in you those who coerce women in their menstrual period." [Ezekiel
Both science and rational faith agree that human life begins at conception.
Science and faith both understand that only what is natural to adults –
nourishment, shelter, protection (love) – in their environment is necessary
for the unborn in their natural environment. From the instant of conception
the preborn are completely human and are worthy of full protection as is
any born human being. Adults, according to their status in life, who knowingly
fail to protect them will be subjects for the wrath of God.
In God's sight the lives of the unborn are to be more valued as they
have not yet had an opportunity to develop a direction of relationship
with Him. Without bodily form they will never be able to develop to their
maximum designed potential and are therefore in reality deserving of the
greater protection (defense).
Punishment following conviction for a crime is in the hands of legitimate
authorities. Vengeance is not defensive action and is not authorized by
"But she will be saved through motherhood, provided women
persevere in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." [1 Tim.
"Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath;
for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
" [Romans 12:19]
Jesus, who is the fullness of truth, came for division; to separate
the just from the unjust through conflict that calls for death to this
life and can result in material death.
"for it (moral government authority) is a servant of God for your
good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword without
purpose; it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoer."
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
Jesus' admonishment of Simon bar Jonah was due to his failure to distinguish
between proper and improper usages of the sword. Simon had both failed
to understand the prophesy of Jesus regarding His death and failed to recognize
the long term spiritual value of the arrest and ultimate death of Jesus.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword." [Mt. 10:34]
This is made even clearer when Jesus commanded the use of the sword
for personal protection from common robbers and murderers as follows:
"Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its sheath,
for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that
I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment
with more than twelve legions of angels? But then how would the scriptures
be fulfilled which say that it must come to pass in this way?"
"Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall
I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?"" [John 18:11]
Murder is the willful taking of innocent human life.
NOTE: While the NRSV renders Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder*,"
(* Or kill) most other versions do not begin to use the term murder or
a variant until the book of Numbers. It seems apparent that the translators
of the NRSV recognized the proper meaning of the commandment and relegated
the literal translation of the word to a footnote. The probability is that
the term "murder" had not yet come into common usage.
Killing has the broader concept of taking the life of any human being
whether innocent or guilty. A person who kills in defense of himself or
another innocent human being acts righteously. A person who is about to
take the life of an innocent human being is to be defended against in whatever
way is deemed necessary for surety of protection. The impetus for defensive
action is even greater when a known, practicing, publicly unrepentant murderer
of innocent people is at hand. God's command to punish murderers is clear.
The life of an innocent person has great value to God while the life of
a murderer is forfeited through his intent and action. The lives of innocent
children are valued for their potential relationship with God and their
ability to reproduce according to God's thrice repeated command. (See Gen.
1:28 for first reference.)
No passage in Scripture states, "Thou shall not judge," but
cautions as follows:
"He said to them, "But now one who has a money bag should
take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should
sell his cloak and buy one."" [Luke 22:36]
On the last day Jesus will be the judge of all mankind (Mat. 25:32ff).
Eternal judgement is at the hand of God. Temporal judgements based upon
the Word of God are to be made by man. Failure of man to judge according
to God's will should be seen as condemnatory.
In reference to the following passage it should be noted that the death
of the unborn child was not intended. The sense of the reference is that
two men were fighting and a wife gets involved. It is because of her action
in that fight that her baby miscarries following having been struck by
the man; possibly even in his own defense. It is because of the value of
life that he must pay a penalty, the more so had he been responsible for
starting the fight. Had he intentionally struck the woman to cause the
death of the child he would have been guilty of murder and put to death.
Although the woman's involvement could be considered instinctive, she had
no right to place her child at risk by interfering in the fight of her
- "For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with
which you measure will be measured out to you." [Matthew 7:2]
— [Judge rightly and you shall be judged rightly.]
- "Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?"
- "Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly." [John
- "on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people's
hidden works through Christ Jesus." [Romans 2:16]
- "The spiritual person, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone." [1 Cor. 2:15]
- "Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the
world is to be judged by you [Paul is speaking to Christians of faith.],
are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?  Do you not know that
we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters?" [1 Cor.
- "Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed
be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers."
The importance of procreation cannot be overemphasized. Many women
do not realize the value of the service they do in bearing children as
gifts to God in unity with the activity of the Holy Spirit. No act of a
woman that is apart from motherhood or in support of motherhood, at least
indirectly, is of value to God. It is heartbreaking that opposition to
life is rapidly increasing and resulting in the loss of so many to eternal
life. While God's forgiveness is available, denial in regard to the offense
of abortion renders the mercy of God unobtainable. Mercy is freely offered
but is not given unless there is both request for mercy and penitence.
One must rationally be able to understand the content of the Bible,
in faith, in order to believe, read, teach, and practice it. Emotional
reactions (feelings) are not proper foundation for understanding or interpreting
the Bible. Women are instructed to be silent in meetings as at least some
would cause disturbance through emotional presentations that would be counterproductive
to learning. Additionally it is well known that the thought processes and
natural interests of women differ from those of men. Proper interaction
between husband and wife on matters of faith strengthen the marriage bond.
The husband has responsibility for helping his wife understand matters
of religion. He must search for or inquire about answers he does not know.
NOTE: The phrase, "should be subordinate," does not mean
that women may be subjected to injustices or immorality. For everyone God's
will always has priority. Absolute obedience is due God, not man regardless
of his title.
"When men have a fight and hurt a pregnant woman, so that she suffers
a miscarriage, but no further injury, the guilty one shall be fined as
much as the woman's husband demands of him, and he shall pay in the presence
of the judges." [Exodus 21:22]
"When two men are fighting and the wife of one intervenes to save
her husband from the blows of his opponent, if she stretches out her hand
and seizes the latter by his private parts, you shall chop off her hand
without pity." [Deut. 25:11-12]
"As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep
silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should
be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything,
they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a
woman to speak in the church." [1 Cor. 14:33-35]
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