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Archive for May, 2010

”Are you late?”

Posted by lauraoli on May 25, 2010

For the first time ever, an abortion clinic advertised on national TV on Monday. The advert for Marie Stopes, in my opinion, is misleading and inappropriate.

Not once in that advert does the word ‘abortion’ actually appear, even though the Marie Stopes clinic carries out one third of all abortions that take place each year in the UK.

To advertise abortions like they are just another consumer product is appalling and completely disregards the sanctity of life. A life is a life, no matter what circumstances surrounds the child’s conception or family. As soon as those two cells fuse, a life is created. Abortion is murder.

The bible has many things to say on this subject, but I have chosen just one verse to illustrate my point:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.               Jeremiah 1:5

God designed us, created us and has plans for each and every one of us. We don’t have the right to ‘play God’ – we’re no good at it. That’s his job, and he is good at it.


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Suffering: hopeless or hopeful?

Posted by lauraoli on May 21, 2010

On Sunday we had a talk entitled ‘Why does a God of love allow suffering?’ in our church. It was given, very eloquently, by a man who had been through his fair share of suffering, and although I didn’t agree with absolutely everything he said, some of his talk really impacted upon me.

He spoke of how he can now see the way God has used all those awful experiences that had happened in his life for good purposes, and that this is a truth that we can hold on to – no matter what suffering we are going through, we can be sure that God will use it in a beneficial way, although, obviously, we may not be able to see that at the time. But this is fantastic news! It means that suffering is NEVER pointless. That’s a great thing for Christians to hold onto when they are going through a rough patch in their lives. All those people who dispute the existence of God have no hope during times of suffering, because if we are all just here because of random chance, then there is absolutely no benefit ever to be found in suffering.

Paul has some encouraging things to say about this in Romans:

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.      Romans 8:18

Nothing is too awful in this life that it is not worth going through for the hope of the glorious life to come. That’s going to be a whole lot better than anything we can imagine.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.      Romans 8:28

Whatever is happening, however terrible, we can be sure that God will use it in some way for our benefit and for our good. What an amazing thing to know! Suffering is NEVER pointless.

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