“Thou shalt not destroy thy conceptions before they are brought forth; nor kill them after they are born.” (The Epistle of Barnabas 14:11; page 163, The Lost Books of the Bible, MCMLXXIX.)
***[Here is info from Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia, (via google) on the disciple, Barnabas, who along with St. Paul, spread the gospel of Christ Jesus and Christianity throughout Jerusalem and many other parts of the ancient world following the ascension of Christ Jesus]: Barnabas (Greek: Βαρνάβας), born Joseph, was an early Christian, one of the prominent Christian disciples in Jerusalem. According to Acts 4:36 Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew. Named an apostle in (Acts 14:14), he and Paul the Apostle undertook missionary journeys together and defended Gentile converts against the Judaizers. They traveled together making more converts (c 45–47), and participated in the Council of Jerusalem (c 50) Barnabas and Paul successfully evangelized among the "God-fearing" Gentiles who attended synagogues in various Hellenized cities of Anatolia. Barnabas' story appears in the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul mentions him in some of his epistles Tertullian named him as the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews but this and other attributions are conjecture. Clement of Alexandria and some scholars have ascribed the Epistle of Barnabas to him, but his authorship is disputed.
For a long time, I have failed to write on the subject of abortion because of its divisive nature in the USA. It is better to be positive than negative in most things, so I’ve just kept silent. But I finally felt led to write because young girls in America are growing up today with the notion and practice that it is all right to kill and mangle their off-spring while these individuals are incubating in the womb, or until they have grown enough to move about outside the womb.
This has even led many women across the country to reason that since their bodies carried their off-springs, they have the right to destroy these individuals. This conclusion even leads some women to believe that they have the right to actually kill their children after they leave the womb and are growing up, since she ‘gave’ them their life in the first place. If she has the right to take away their life in the womb, she has the right to do so, at any time. (This accounts for many parental murders, sometimes of their helpless children by drowning, poisoning, or leaving them in hot cars to die.)
In other words, believing this fallacy that life comes from us, instead of through us, some women declare ownership over these individuals in the womb, claiming that since she created them, she has the right to destroy them, anytime, at will. This conclusion was conveniently reached, despite the fact that no one destroyed the woman’s own life as it was materializing in someone else’s womb. Having no sense of even ‘fair-play’ to the new life emerging from her womb, she also has no sense of a spiritual component of life’s chain of existence that connects us all.
So, because other females in our society have killed their young, many girls of today are taught, or just like to believe, that it is right and good to follow them in this kind of cowardly destruction…and yes, I said cowardly. For harming those who are so tiny and vulnerable and need to grow a bit before they can pop out into the material scene is an unbelievably cowardly thing to do, despite what false sense of ‘rights’ one may entertain.
No one’s life is ours to give or take. God, alone, is the giver of life. No one is ‘born’ alone. Each individual life materializing itself is connected to an endless chain of life forms that eventually emerge from a womb. Each unique identity brings parts of the past from the links that came before us. Each life form is reaching forward, toward a future that will still tie us to every other identity that arrives here, in this earthly experience. And this endless chain is not to be broken.
We will each leave this material sense of existence at our own, appointed time. But, no woman (or man) ever came into this physical, finite identity as the source or creator of anything, or any one. No woman ever, ever, ever, owned one of the material off-spring she conceived as her part in the continuation of the life chain. Those who have conceived have an assignment which they have accepted, or were chosen, possibly for some higher reason than they could imagine.
All of creation comes from the same divine Source. All life belongs to the Creator; therefore, each woman who has killed one of her human off-springs has interfered with this spiritual chain of God that exists beneath the surface of everything and everyone. Each woman who has killed an individual who is gestating in the womb has materially-killed one of God’s off-spring…not man’s off-spring. Each one conceived was pre-ordained for a divine reason, or mission, while here, in this finite, material sense of existence.
For any individual woman to believe that she was allowed to live, but she had the divine right to kill her human off-spring is engaging in ‘fuzzy thinking.’ We are each, and every one of us, a caregiver and a part of this materialistic life-chain; but the Source of that chain has connected us all to each other. And deep within each soul-link of this never-ending chain is that divine Spirit and Infinite Intelligence of the universe, called God, who contains each and every, unique soul, or identity.
Now, each soul’s identity has made a journey into this finite, material sense of reality for some, individual, reason. And we are not to interfere with that divine reason. Every identity created by God has his and her own, unique, purpose of existence. We are to walk our own path, without being destructive to the path of others. We are to ‘live and let live’ in this temporary, material sense of existence, until we are called Home by God...not by man nor woman. And we are not to walk another’s path, nor cause any destruction to others, if we can avoid it.
“Thou shalt not kill” has always been one of the Ten Commandments handed down to Moses on the Mount. Christ Jesus, in his ministry, talked often of the importance of the little children among us, in order to protect them from the evils of this world. Jesus even spoke of more concerning the murder, or doing harm to the innocent young ones among mankind. He once told the crowd following him, “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:5 & 6; King James Version (KJV).
Christ Jesus also told his followers: “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” (Matthew 18:9-11; New King James Version (NKJV). (I think this last sentence means, ‘lost in one’s material sense of existence that doesn’t yet perceive the spiritual reality of being’.)
Whatever false belief we’ve accepted in the past, there is still good news for those who suffer (i.e., the babies killed; those who suffer from the news of all these baby murders; or those who are suffering guilt from a past abortion). God is a loving God and does not turn away from anyone who truly wants to find the way to correct whatever past wrongs we’ve done. If we truly want to get right with the Almighty, the way always comes. For, even though we appear to live and die as finite, material beings, appearances are quite deceptive. Material man or woman is not the real identity of anyone. We are spiritual, not material beings.
Whoever believes we are finite creatures, unconnected to our God-Source, is existing in a false, sense of reality. Therefore, as we awaken more and more to spiritual, rather than physical reality, the false, material sense of ourselves and our ‘universe’ begins to fade from thought, along with wrongful behavior of every kind we’ve previously entertained.
Here is the reason we must turn away from all our destructions, including killing our young: In the Kingdom of God, there can be no murder of any thing or any one. If any destruction were to be in the kingdom of Heaven, that destruction, however minor, would eventually destroy the entire kingdom from within.
Therefore, wrongful thoughts and their subsequent behavior are kept out of our heavenly kingdom (Home). Oh, the kingdom of God is always ever-present within our spiritual memory banks, but we don’t remember it in the materialistic, false sense of reality that we entertain. As Christ Jesus said, “…the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21; New King James Bible Version (NKJV). That means it is in our deeper, spiritual memories.
The invisible kingdom of God (our Heavenly Home) has never left us…we just have to awaken to it. It is always, but invisibly, omni-present with us. But we will not see it with these eyes, nor hear it with these ears…for we are still sleeping in the dream of finite materiality and do not remember who we really are (God’s spiritual children).
Concerning the killing of our young, there is no one who can really die; for whom God has created is spiritually alive, forever. But this temporary human experience is our school, and we are the students. In this school, it is our spiritual ignorance that makes us think we are creators of anything; for the divine Mind, alone, creates all that dwells within its spiritual realm.
Fleshly, finite life and death both seem real, on this material level of thought and perception, to those who do not yet discern our spiritual Selfhood, which is our own, individual Christ-identity. Jesus’s name was never, ‘Jesus Christ’ (like, John Smith). But rather, he was ‘Jesus, the Christ’ meaning ‘Jesus, the spiritual one’.
More precisely, ‘The Christ’ is a universal symbol that identifies God’s spiritual children, as opposed to the false, (and temporary) earthly names we carry in this human experience. The Christ Consciousness is the shared, spiritual consciousness that dwells deep within us all. But as long as our false material sense of being allows such barbaric, murderous actions, as killing the vulnerable among us, we are not awakening, in much of any way, to our innate, spiritual level of thought and existence, nor our own Christly Self.
It is only through the process of spiritual awakening that thought draws the inner memories which begin to emerge from our divine consciousness within. Even then it may take several material life experiences before some awaken to the reality of being. But we must all evolve, or come out of the deep-sleep, (the Adam-dream) of finite, fleshly being, sooner or later. When we each fully awaken to our true, spiritual Self and our spiritual place that eternally lives in the divine kingdom of God, we will find no destructiveness there, nor in ourselves.
In this human experience (where we seem to be both spiritual and material beings), to kill anyone, however small or at any stage of development, is a big deal, spiritually speaking. It is a lower, spiritual level of thought that fails to perceive any spiritual component to life. For, until we begin to awake spiritually to the higher principles of existence, we will seem to be trapped in this finite, physical level of thought, where we experience all the nightmares of our own material beliefs and the results of our darker behavior.
Evil, on any level, cannot enter (awaken) to the ever-present kingdom of God. For the ability to fully awaken to spiritual reality and the harmonious kingdom of God is hidden to us, (or keeps us asleep in the false sense of materiality) possibly for many lifetimes. Until we seek to be ‘born again’ (mentally put on our own Christ identity as Jesus advised) as individuals, we will not shake off this finite, collective ‘Adam-dream’ of finite materiality. Nor will we leave all our destructive behaviors behind us.
In the Kingdom of God, there can be no murder of any thing or any one. For, no one can really kill what or whom God has created. It is our spiritual ignorance that makes us think we are creators of anything; for the divine Mind, alone, creates all that dwells within its spiritual realm. We do not have the right, or ability, to actually kill anything that divine Spirit has created. But, just as our human laws declare, ignorance of the law is no excuse. There is a price to pay for breaking spiritual laws, and unless we pray our way out of our wrongful acts, get right with God concerning whatever bad we’ve done, we won’t find heaven, even in our dreams.
It is the realm of infinite Love we must reacquaint ourselves with, before we even come close to the harmonious kingdom of God that is invisibly present all the time, even though we can’t perceive it with the material senses. For, it is universal love that is the key to enter the door of Heaven’s harmony and everlasting life.All Life, like everything else, belongs to God. We have eternal life from God, but we don’t own it. We don’t run things. We don’t make the stars shine, or the grass grow. God is the divine Source of everything created…every concept ever conceived, every breath anyone takes. So, if you’re thinking of having an abortion, please consider the possibility that I might be right, and please take some time to re-think your decision. It may bring your soul’s journey closer to Home.