James R. Aist
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." – Jesus (John 10:10)
On the sixth day of creation, "...God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them."(Genesis 1:27). It was only after Adam and Eve were created that God said of His entire creation, "it is very good." (Genesis 1:31b). When God had created Adam and Eve, He said to them "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth." (Genesis 1:28a). God's first instruction to Adam and Eve was to reproduce, to replicate the crown jewels of His creation, human beings.
Now, God had already created Satan, but only mankind was made in the very image and likeness of God, and only mankind was given dominion over His creation (Genesis 1:28). This made Satan, who wanted to exalt himself above God (Isaiah 14:13), exceedingly jealous and hateful of mankind. In Genesis 3:15, after Satan had convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God's command to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God said to Satan, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel." And in John 8:44, Jesus said that "... the devil... was a murderer from the beginning..." Peter also referred to Satan as "our enemy" (1 Peter 5:8). Clearly, Satan is the archenemy of mankind and seeks ways to satisfy his jealousy and hatred toward us. And what better way to do that than to prevent human reproduction, or, failing that, to get mothers to murder their own children in the womb. So, let's look into this matter further and see if homosexuality and abortion are, indeed, tools of Satan to undermine God's command to "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth" and to satisfy his hatred toward us.
I have already shown that God would not and does not create anyone to be homosexual (click http://rethinkingtheology.com/2012/07/07/are-homosexuals-really-born-gay/). Like all other sins, homosexuality came into the world through the "original sin" of Adam, after God had finished His six days of creative activity. And it was Satan who enticed Eve (and through her, Adam) to disobey God (i.e., to sin) (Genesis 3:1-6). From that moment on, all of mankind has been born with a proclivity to sin. Therefore, Satan is the root source of all sins and of all temptations to sin, including homosexual temptations and sins.
Now, human beings are among the "animals" that reproduce sexually by the union of a male's sperm with a female's egg. Thus, homosexuality renders one incapable of reproducing naturally, because, to reproduce, one has to want to have sex with the opposite gender. And, that is how we can know that homosexuality is one strategy that Satan has used to thwart God's plan for human sexuality, that is, to "be fruitful and multiply." Moreover, from the human perspective, by destroying the natural, human sexual desire for the opposite gender, homosexuality steals from men and women their ability to fulfill one of their most basic, fundamental and precious human desires; that is, to conceive naturally and bear children (cf. John 10:10a).
Since homosexuality prevents only about 1.5% of the general population from reproducing naturally, Satan isn't satisfied to stop there. Abortion has become so common that it has greatly eclipsed homosexuality as the number one enemy of human procreation. About 3,200 babies are aborted in the U.S. alone each day (click http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/from-the-frontlines/42541-how-can-politicians-champion-the-life-of-1-over-3-200)! For this satanic strategy to be most successful, pregnant women have to believe the lie that their unborn child is not really a human being at all. Enter the pro-abortion lobby, led by Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion in America. They are doing everything they can to persuade pregnant women to believe that their unborn child does not become human until some arbitrary point in the gestation process has been reached. But the fact is, there is no identifiable point in this continuum of pre-natal development at which an unborn child becomes suddenly human; the unborn child, having the full complement of human chromosomes – one set from each of the two parents — is, biologically speaking, a human being from the moment of conception (click http://rethinkingtheology.com/2013/05/10/abortion-a-biological-perspective/). Now, recall that Jesus said of Satan, "... He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). This is how we can know for sure where this lie comes from!
Abortion violates not one, but two, God-given commands: 1) the sixth Commandment, "Do not murder" (Exodus 20:13); and 2) "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth" (Genesis 1:28a). And, being murder in its very nature (click http://rethinkingtheology.com/2013/05/13/abortion-a-biblical-perspective/), abortion is an obvious way that "The thief comes to...kill..." (John 10:10a; cf. John 8:44). What more evil assault on humanity can there be, than to convince a mother to murder her innocent, helpless child in the womb?! Moreover, abortion is not pro-woman, as the abortion lobby claims. In fact, just the opposite is true. Perhaps the most distinctive human function that defines and exalts a woman is her God-given privilege to carry, nurture and deliver a new human life. Abortion directly attacks the very essence of womanhood. And that is anti-woman, not pro-woman!
Jesus said, "...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Nothing could represent more direct attacks against this goal and purpose of Jesus than homosexuality (by preventing human reproduction) and abortion (by murdering unborn children). Satan, on the other hand, "...comes only to steal and kill and destroy" mankind's natural sexuality (via homosexuality) and progeny (via abortion). These two strategies, homosexuality and abortion, are Satan's sinister, sister attacks on humanity.
Through it all, let us be quick to treat homosexual people with respect and dignity and to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. And may we not let our hearts become darkened with hatred towards homosexual people, just because we hate their homosexual lifestyle. As the Apostle Paul said, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12).
And, regarding abortion, it's important to keep in mind that there is no sin that is so big and so bad that God will not forgive it. In fact, God wants to forgive you and bring you peace. He has made this promise to you: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9). He is "faithful" to forgive you because He has promised to do so, and God does not lie or break His promises (Numbers 23:19); He is "just" to forgive you because Jesus paid the full price for your sins when He suffered and died for them, in your place, and, therefore, it would be unjust of Him to not forgive you! And He doesn't stop there. He will also cleanse you from the stain of your sin and of the guilt and shame associated with it; God will separate your sins from you "as far as the East is from the West" (Psalm 103:12), and he will not keep bringing it up and holding it against you (Isaiah 43:25). You have God's word on it (Numbers 23:19), so take Him at His word, receive His forgiveness and move on with the peace of Christ.
(To read more articles by Professor Aist on HOMOSEXUALITY, click http://rethinkingtheology.com/welcome-to-re-thinking-theology/homosexuality/; and on ABORTION, click http://rethinkingtheology.com/welcome-to-re-thinking-theology/abortion/)