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Jesus Without The Junk: Personhood

By: Molly Painter

Defining personhood and its characteristics is as controversial as it is varied.  The US Supreme Court recently refused to examine a case by the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding a proposed personhood amendment that sought to give equal legal protection and due process to those yet born, specifically those at the conception stage of life.  Supporters of the amendment believe that at conception life begins, opponents believed the amendment would ban abortion   Yep, here we go again but this is hardly a believable outcome, considering most of the justices are Christian.  Proponents were only asking that the amendment be put on the November ballot for the voters to decide.
Opponents to the amendment stated that if passed, this would have had devastating effects on a woman’s right to have an abortion, not their only but biggest objection.  Those against the measure clearly see no value in the human embryo and do not view it as “true” life yet.  The issue of “personhood” is clearly defined in the Bible.  Life begins at conception and science, often at odds with Christianity, tells us the same thing.  From the very start, the genetic makeup of a person is determined, along with other characteristics, such as the sex, hair and eye color are also already established. 
God tells us in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” and in Psalm 139:13, David tells us that …”your eyes saw my unformed body.” 
Why we continue to pursue with such vigor that the unborn life is of no value goes against the very grain of God.  The yet unborn life still has a purpose to fulfill and who knows, your destiny may hinge on that very life you are trying to deny rights to. This Supreme Court may have reinforced their decision about the starting point of life but the real question I would like to ask those brilliant scholars is, “What will you tell your maker when you see Him as to why you took the position you did on a life He created in His own image, not yours?