I didn’t really want to get into this. I never wanted to have a religious argument. I didn’t want to open up a can of worms. I do know from meeting with other Christian Psychics that reincarnation is something we are all aware of. It’s because of our talents that we know this. We just all accept it. We may not advertise it to most other Christians but when we talk to each other we are very open about it.
I don’t know if they personally have any internal conflicts trying to reconcile this concept with their faith, but I don’t. When I was improvising pretty much every single day in 2009, my third eye started to open up. I started to see my own past lives as well as the past lives of others. Fortunately, I had a Christian Psychic friend that helped me through this transition. However, my gifts for seeing past lives were a lot more developed than hers. For me, it was like an entire movie. I wish I had been more accepting of my talents because I could have used this for inspiration to write historical novels.
Before my third eye opened up, I still was able to see past life visions but they were really quick. They were a few seconds at the most. That still happens. I have to develop a really close connection with someone to see their past life stories in graphic detail. However, when I have conversations with people from time to time I do get snippets of their past lives. I don’t tell them of course, not unless I get permission to. When someone asks me for a reading they are giving me permission. Otherwise, I just keep what I see to myself. I just assume it’s information for me. It lets me know if I can trust them or not.
I know that it is very hard to reconcile this concept with Christianity in it’s current form. This is not discussed in any modern theology, but I did not just thump the bible. I studied all the religions in college. I studied Buddhism and other religions where the idea of reincarnation is accepted.
You would be surprised about how similar these religions are to Christianity. As far as the way things really are; it’s a combination of Judaism, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Buddhism. On the flip side, perhaps Mormonism and the Illuminati. Those are Lucifarian religions that are masked as Christianity. It’s all true, but they are much different camps of thought. For the purpose of this essay, we will focus on the camps of thought that results in salvation. Illuminate type religions don’t.
The problem with Catholicism is in how they perceive Jesus Christ. There wasn’t always this problem though. When Rome took over the church they changed some things around. One of the main things that they changed around is the idea of reincarnation. Jesus says over and over again that he will save you, and that you will be born again in the flesh. Early Gnostic Christians took this statement quite literally and that’s why they were so willing to sacrifice their lives. Early Christians were fed to wild beasts to entertain Romans. This really happened. It was brutal. So of course when Rome took over the church they couldn’t have any of that. You can’t have a society of people not afraid of death. There is no control there. So they changed things around a bit. It’s not like it’s in some hidden scripture. It’s the same exact scripture. Perhaps priests knew, but the population didn’t. As long as they were getting out the message, it didn’t really matter. They were still saved.
I had a friend Nick who is the most flaming gay man I ever met. While talking to him, I got snippets of his past lives. The one that intrigued me the most was when he was in a Roman colosseum and he was about to be eaten. I did have a chance to see one of these colosseums when I went to Spain. He gave his life for Christ, and that’s why he’s here today. Obviously, Christ does not hate him. However, present day Christians do a very good job of making him believe that. Many of the first Christians were gay because Rome was a very gay culture. Ancient cultures typically were. I never told him about the vision, but it has really helped me reconcile my own beliefs and how I see the world. This vision challenged my perceptions of reality; which has since been reconciled.
The world used to be a lot better for gay people than it is today. Traditionally, only the act of sodomy forced on a man and the act of marital union outside of a marital union (penis in the vagina) was considered sinful. Any form of rape is sinful, whether it’s forced on a man or a woman. Outside of that box, pretty much anything else goes even if technically on paper it didn’t. It’s not something people ever talked about.
People used to be a lot more physically affectionate than they are today. People really didn’t talk a lot about sex. That’s not something polite people discussed. In today’s world, since people talk about sex so much and view pornography the definition of what is actually sex has expanded exponentially. This has vastly restricted the amount of physical affection people are allowed to show each other. Everything is sexualized now.
You can’t even hold each other without it being sexualized. Unless you are in a romantic relationship with someone; it’s only brief hugs and high fives.
Now I need to make myself clear, because Satan also uses physical expression as a tool to destroy people on the inside. I don’t want any perverts reading my blog and using what I wrote as an excuse to morally justify their actions. That is always a mortal sin. That is not an act of love. This is not permitted in the bible. The bible is very much against it. In fact, God destroyed two cities because of it. However, when people are not able to express love naturally they tend to fall in unnatural means of expression. They fall to the devil. They start committing moral sins. That might explain the rise of Priests abusing children in the modern age. They are forbidden against expressing any kind of love at all. They turn bad. Those kinds of acts are always demonically inspired. This is not a part of Christianity. It’s demonic. There is no grey area concerning that, God has already made himself very clear.
In today’s world, anything that results in an orgasm is considered sex. Almost every other kind of affection is considered sexual. That wasn’t always true. “Happy endings” were allowed. There is even a scene in Hamlet where Ophelia gives Hamlet a “Happy Ending”, which in turn makes Polonius really excited. Of course no teacher would have go into the context of that scene in a High School classroom, but it’s very obvious as to what is happening. The mere touch of her hand gives Hamlet a “happy ending“, which means that Hamlet must find Ophelia to be really attractive. When her father hears about what happened, he’s like the happiest man ever. He clearly doesn’t think his daughter was used, raped, or dishonored by his King in any way. “Happy Endings” are allowed, even encouraged. In another scene, Hamlet asks to return the favor. He asks if Ophelia if could lie on her lap, she says no (sex). Then he asks if he could just lie his head in her lap, and she agrees to that. Hmm.
In Victorian times, a common cure for hysteria was for husbands to take their wives to a doctor where he or a midwife would manually stimulate her to achieve an orgasm. That solved the problem. It was a common practice. Happy endings were allowed for happily married Christian women seeking relief from hysteria. It was the cure. It was not considered sex. In this text the treatment is even recommended for the religious, widows, and women who live chaste lives.
Gay marriage is a hot topic today, but in reality gay marriage was always allowed in the Church. It was even encouraged. It’s considered a vocation. Gay people were considered to be God’s chosen ones. Families thought this was a sign that they should do God’s work. Gay people were elevated in society. Of course this was before all types of affection became sexualized. They could openly express affection to the people they loved. Women went to convents and men went to monasteries. They had a ceremony where they marry God, and now this was their new vocation. It was like a marriage. It was marriage.
I see glimpses into past lives of most of the gay people I meet, and I feel so bad for them. They are forced to live in a world without love. They are forbidden from expressing their love to anyone. They are denied Christ. They are not allowed to form permanent bonds with each other. They are rejected from Churches. Perhaps in the modern world we are living in is a little extreme about what the definition of sex is. Even if the affection doesn’t end up with a happy ending, it’s still sexulized. Culture is all that has changed. Humanity hasn’t changed. The basic needs of humans to express their love and emotions towards each other has not changed. People should be allowed to express affection towards each other, and traditionally they were. The definition of what the marital act is was very specific. The definition of rape through sodomy was very specific. Rape is specific.
We live in a world where so many gay people who were so loved by God in their past lives are not allowed to follow their true destiny unless they are willing to give up expressing any kind of love or affection at all. Perhaps we as a culture have become so completely sick and twisted regarding basic human affection and we need to lighten up a little bit. Love is allowed in the Christianity. Expressing that love is allowed. People have been traditionally encouraged to love each other. Love is a gift. Human beings desire love. It is the nature of humanity. Sometimes that love ends up in happy endings, but not always. Sometimes it’s just affection and there is nothing sexual about it at all, but it’s still sexualized.
I thought I would also briefly talk about the topic of abortion. Did you know that until the “quickening”, that abortion was traditionally allowed in Christianity? The “quickening” is when the baby starts to move. It happens around 17 weeks. Until then, the baby wasn’t really considered to be alive. Of course this was before science. However, I don’t think religious people should be allowed to decide when they are going to use science and when they are going to reject science. It’s one or the other. Are you using science or theology? Make up your mind. In the theology, the baby is not really alive until the quickening.
Some people think that this should be all God’s decision and not the woman’s decision at all, and sometimes God makes that decision. Miscarriages prior to 17 weeks are fairly common. God makes that decision literally ALL THE TIME. It’s even recommended that mothers not tell anyone they are pregnant until 17 weeks because the possibility of a miscarriage is so high. Why? Why is it so high? Perhaps this is because this is the window of opportunity where God makes these kinds of decisions. Miscarriage after the quickening is very rare. It rarely ever happens. There is a reason for these rules.
Having sex is a choice we all make, but sometimes it’s not meant to be for this child to be born at this time to this particular family in this particular timeline. That’s when God decides to step in. God knows. God ends it. However, since the choice to have sex in the first place is a choice that we all make I think the woman should also have a say in the decision during the window of opportunity. Immaculate conceptions are not common. There is always choice involved. If there is a baby, it’s because two people chose to have sex. Sometimes, it’s not really a choice. Sometimes the devil is trying to screw up your life and destroy your destiny. Only she really knows if this is a good time or not. God makes this decision all the time, so I think women should be able to make this decision as well. If the theology says it’s the quickening, then the quickening it is. Why change it?
As far as the baby is concerned, the baby will just be born to someone else. If it were a huge problem, then miscarriages would not be so frequent. God will take care of it. If it is not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be. Don’t worry. Your child will be born to another family. God will take care of it. When it’s meant to be it will happen.
So I do think women should have some say in the decision up to a certain point, and theology has established that already. I do know that Satan often uses sex as a means to trap women and force them off course. Satan does this all the time. Satan uses sex to destroy the lives of women. I am a rape victim myself. Some men actually rape women with the intent of getting them pregnant, so they will be forced to be a permanent fixture in her life. Then she is mentally abused and harassed by her rapist her entire life. Sex is one of the biggest tools Satan uses to destroy the destinies for both women and men. If you in your heart know this is all wrong, then the woman should also have that choice during the same window of opportunity that God typically makes that choice.
However if the pregnancy sticks past 17 weeks and the baby is healthy and growing, then there is probably a reason for it. God obviously has a plan for this child and he wants this child to be born. He has given the go ahead. You left that choice up to him and he made that choice. I don’t think we should mess with God’s decision. This is challenging the plans of the Universe. It is a mortal sin. Abortions screw up timelines. I once met a destiny friend who was much younger than me. The reason he was so much younger than me is because he was aborted, I was able to “see” that. Of course I didn’t tell him. That was information was just for me. Even if he asked for me a reading I wouldn’t tell him that.
Since abortions have been allowed, there can be huge age gaps between destiny friends. There is a possibility that you are doing everything right, but your destiny friend just isn’t there because they were not born in the correct timeline. Things are now slightly off.
You can seriously screw up God’s plans by having abortions. There is a reason why this child has to be born in that particular year. Go ahead and carry that child to term. If you can’t care for it, then give the child up for adoption. You don’t want to be responsible for screwing up God’s plan. You missed your window of opportunity, so deal with it. This child is alive now and deserves to be born. The child has a plan. This child deserves to have a family. Since this is God’s child, have some trust God to take care of things. He will. God will love you and reward you many times over for going along with his plan for this child.
This is where the concept of the immortal soul comes from. At the end of the day, genetics don’t matter. It’s the soul that matters. We need to accept this child is here for a reason.
I also have some personal experience with this. God took care of me. While trying to conceive my son, I conceived a few times. You know when conception happens. Your internal chemistry is all screwed up. However, none of those stuck. It wasn’t a miscarriage persay, I just had a regular period. It was a little late. Then I found out my husband neglected to add me to his insurance policy. When it was the right time, I carried my baby to full term. I got pregnant the very day that I was added to the policy. June 1, 2014. I can guarantee that he is the son I had visions about. This also happened one time after my son was born. The condom broke and my chemistry was all wonky. It actually led to a fall out with my aunt, because I couldn’t tell her why I was so sick. God took care of me and nothing implanted, even though conception had clearly happened. It was not the right time to have another child.
My point is that God makes these kind of decisions ALL THE TIME. Your body isn’t some sort of machine. You need a blessing from God to move forward. You decide if you have sex, but God decides if it is the right time to have a child. If God can make these kinds of decisions in the weeks before the quickening, then why can’t women? In a way, it’s a self-induced miscarriage. If God allows Satan to screw with our lives by using sex as a weapon, then it’s only fair to provide a way out of it. It’s never really the right thing to do, but then again neither is the moral sin that got you into that position in the first place.
Satan preys on the innocent, people with depression problems, and misguided people. God allows this to happen, so God must also provide a way out. That’s why theology says it’s the quickening. The question is, “Is this God’s plan?” or did Satan trick you into having sex at an inappropriate time with an inappropriate person? Who’s plan is it?
That being said, I am getting visions of a child again. So if I have another child it is God’s plan. This is being reinforced by several people. One of my teammates even went up to me and said, “By this time next year your going to have a baby.” That’s a strange thing to say.
I just had my yearly, and I was considering getting an IUD. However, my doctor said I couldn’t get one until I got my diabetes under control. I have had the flu all week so I didn’t feel like protesting his advice. I didn’t think being sick was a valid reason to avoid seeing a doctor, so I went anyway. Prior to him coming in, the nurse was going on and on about how I should have another child. When I connected to my angels they assured me that the pregnancy will be easy and I won’t have any problems giving birth. Those are my main concerns. I may need a little more convincing.
There were complications with Joren and the birth was horrible on me. I was in labor for 38 hours and then I had a c-section. I never want to go through that experience again. I was sick during the whole pregnancy. I just spent hours laying in bed. My health was all screwed up. I am still not very healthy.
I am even having dreams about babies. In the dream I posted in this blog; that one was a boy. The visions all have a girl though. She has dark curly brown hair and eyes. Her name is Angela. Angela is a brilliant young lady. Her purpose is to help Joren on his path. She is very artsy and has her own sense of style. She has a beautiful singing voice. She really loves her grandma, and they become very close. She is a straight A student.
I don’t know. Should I take a leap of faith? Should I try to have a baby? Now? I am not usually one to get in the way with God’s plans, but this is quite an undertaking. I don’t really know if I am ready for all of that again. It’s hard enough taking care of one child. We are so all alone, and there is no one here to help us.
But I think having a sister would be very good for Joren, and I should probably just go with it. What do you think? Should I just go with it? I still don’t know. I am on the fence. In the end, the choice is mine. I am just saying that I don’t think birth control is evil either because God will let you know when the time is right. There is no need to go through false pregnancies over and over again until the time is actually right. Protect yourselves!
So abortion is a mortal sin if the baby is indeed God’s plan and the abortion takes place after the quickening. A mortal sin is an action that screws up God’s plan. If the baby is a part of God’s plan, then you need to go ahead and have that baby. If you cannot care for the baby yourself, then find someone to adopt your baby.
But this saving of embryos epidemic is very wrong. Ironically, the majority of people doing this are Christians. They are Christians desperate for children.
These embryos are quite literally souls held hostage. They are not dead or alive. They are just saved. This takes that decision away from God. God will intervene if the problem escalates. He will wipe out those companies. We do not have the right to hold souls hostage like that. Souls are immortal and they come from God.
It’s funny that the same people that are so against any form of abortion or birth control are all for holding souls hostage if it suits their needs. Life is not meant to be something we have control of. At least in the terms of an abortion or miscarriage, that soul is free to be born again elsewhere. It will be OK. Death is natural.
Of course most Christians do not believe in reincarnation, so they don’t think they are doing anything wrong. What do you think Jesus Christ is for? Why would he explicitly say such things unless it is true? Why would he say it over and over again? Why do you take the bible literally in every other matter, but not when it comes to the most important matter? Jesus is not speaking metaphorically. Jesus can’t save the souls of embryos held hostage. Jesus cannot reincarnate them. If you don’t plan to have those babies, then you need to destroy those embryos. Don’t save them forever whatever time is convenient for you.
As far as late-term abortions due to perceived development issues I have a lot of mixed feelings about that. I think that the reason why parents choose late-term abortion is because they fear the child might not die right away. They don’t want to watch the child suffer. Killing the child is only legal if they are still in the womb.
If this is such an issue, then why not legalize euthanasia? What’s the difference? I think in some states it is legal. Let that child be born and breath air. Let that child see your face. Let that child be hugged by their family. Let that child feel your heartbeat. They deserve this. They need to feel loved.
If you are sure that the child will die, then why not just give birth to the child? It’s the same exact process. All late-term abortions involve labor. You don’t need to carry the child to term. You can induce labor early. The only difference is the child is born alive and not dead. Why not give birth to the child and allow them to see your face? Why is it necessary to kill the child first? This is a child, not a pet. You don’t put babies to sleep to end their pain, and if that’s all that’s bothering you their pain can be alleviated.
It may be painful to watch a baby to live for just a few hours, days, or months. Death is also pretty painful. It’s the worst kind of pain that there is. Death without being given the chance to be loved by your mother is even more painful than that. Death without being allowed to take a breath and see light is more painful than that. There is a reason why this baby wasn’t miscarried. This baby has a purpose. Why not just trust? There is a lack of trust, and that’s the real issue. People don’t trust God. Have some trust in God.
I know that people seek to avoid pain, but sometimes pain is a good thing. In the medieval world, the most feared thing was a death without pain or warning. There is a play called Everyman that touches on this aspect. If you know you are going to go, then you want to be able to take care of loose ends. You can ask God for forgiveness. You can make things right with the world. You can make things right with yourself. People who die without pain or warning are not even aware that they are dead and they are trapped between worlds. They are very confused. They tend to be a little bitter at God. Your baby will not receive salvation. Don’t you want your baby to be saved?
As a psychic medium, I see it all the time. Their death happened so quickly and painlessly that they didn’t even realize it. They don’t find the light. They don’t search for Jesus Christ. The only way they can get to the light is if a Christian Psychic Medium opens a connection to source and summons Jesus Christ for them. And yes, sadly I have run into infant souls as well. They are the most confused. They are the hardest to cross over.
God wants your baby to live simply so that your baby knows that he or she has died. God wants you to baptize that baby. Not every soul is a “born again”. We do not all have past lives. Many times, they are brand new souls. Perhaps this is a new soul that needs to be saved, and that’s why you didn’t have a miscarriage. Born agains just go straight back to the light. You don’t know this. No one knows this but God.
If you want your baby to have a second chance at life, then you need to have that baby born alive and baptize that baby. If the fear of your baby living for days or months in pain scares you, then change the laws or trust that there is a reason for it. The only reason people consider doing such a thing is because it’s only legal if the baby hasn’t been officially born. Do what is right with your conscience, not the law. Follow the laws of God not man.
For those that just can’t take my word for it, I did a quick google search and pasted several references below.
Article “What does the Bible say about abortion?”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
First Peter 1:2-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”
Romans 6:3-4: “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.”
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
The following is excerpts from this website: Reluctant Messenger
Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. God knew Jeremiah before he was even formed in the womb. This is plain biblical speech of an individual existing before birth.
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job says here that he will return to be born again in a womb indicating that he expects to reincarnate.
“Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again…What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-9)
The Hebrew kabbalists interpreted this quote to mean that a generation dies and subsequently returns by the process of reincarnation.
“And the disciples asked him, saying, ‘Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ But he answered them and said, ‘Elijah indeed is to come and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand.’ Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:10-13)
“No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or wife or children or land for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields … and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30) Christ knew that his disciples would reincarnate more than once and that because of the sacrifice made for him, their subsequent lives would be repayment for what they lost.
Matt 24:34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. NIV The only way this verse can be true is if the disciples and others alive at that time of Jesus are reincarnated just before his return. Otherwise he is a liar.
THE FIFTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL THE SECOND COUNCIL OF CONSTANTINOPLE A.D. 553 IF anyone asserts the fabulous pre-existence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema. I also would like to point out that the Catholic Church outlawed and put to death those that preached reincarnation.
Excerpt below taken from: http://reluctant-messenger.com/reincarnation-gnostic.htm
The Woman and the Dragon
1 A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months (1,260 days). 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. NIV
One of the overlooked facts of history is that the believers killed and subsequently wiped out by the Roman Catholic Church were THE GNOSTICS AND OTHER CHRISTIANS who believed in reincarnation. It isn’t a coincidence that the century that saw the abolition of the Gnostics and other Christians who believed in reincarnation is the same century that the Roman Emperor Justinian (545 A.D) made it punishable by death to believe in reincarnation. The prophecied 1,260 years began in 538 A.D. and the elimination of reincarnation as a tenet of Christina Theology was in full force only seven years later. See Pope Arrested for Believing in Reincarnation. The universal assumption of Christians today is that the Gnostics were heretics who deserved to be wiped out. However, if Christ prophecied through the apostle John that the true Christians would be killed and that a false church would replace them, then IT IS THE BELIEFS OF THE ONES KILLED THAT REPRESENTS THE TRUE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST, NOT THE TEACHINGS OF THE ONES THAT SURVIVED!!
|The Apostolic Constitutions (circa 380 CE) allowed abortion if it was done early enough in pregnancy. But it condemned abortion if the fetus was of human shape. “Thou shalt not slay the child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is begotten. For everything that is shaped, and his received a soul from God, if slain, it shall be avenged, as being unjustly destroyed.” 7:3:15 This document claimed to have been written by the apostles. However, it was actually written late in the 4th century CE at about the time that Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire and serious oppression of Paganism started. http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_hist.htm
St. Augustine (354-430 CE) reversed centuries of Christian teaching in Western Europe, by returning to the Aristotelian Pagan concept of “delayed ensoulment.” He wrote 7 that a human soul cannot live in an unformed body. Thus, early in pregnancy, an abortion is not murder because no soul is destroyed (or, more accurately, only a vegetable or animal soul is terminated). He wrote extensively on sexual matters, teaching that the original sin of Adam and Eve are passed to each successive generation through the pleasure generated during sexual intercourse. This passed into the church’s canon law. Only abortion of a more fully developed “fetus animatus” (animated fetus) was punished as murder.
Pope Innocent III (circa 1161-1216):
||He wrote a letter which ruled on a case of a Carthusian monk who had arranged for his female lover to obtain an abortion. The Pope decided that the monk was not guilty of homicide if the fetus was not “animated.”
||Early in the 13th century he stated that the soul enters the body of the fetus at the time of “quickening” – when the woman first feels movement of the fetus. After ensoulment, abortion was equated with murder; before that time, it was a less serious sin, because it terminated only potential human life, not human life.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) also considered only the abortion of an “animated” fetus as murder.
Pope Sixtus V (1471-1484) issued a Papal bull “Effraenatam” in 1588 which threatened those who carried out abortions at any stage of gestation with excommunication and the death penalty.
Pope Gregory XIV (1535-1591) revoked the Papal bull shortly after taking office in 1591. He reinstated the “quickening” test, which he determined happened 116 days (about 17 weeks) into pregnancy.
St. Jerome (circa 340 – 420) wrote in a letter to Aglasia:
“The seed gradually takes shape in the uterus, and it [abortion] does not count as killing until the individual elements have acquired their external appearance and their limbs“
For centuries the quickening also had important legal ramifications. British common law, eventually imported to Colonial America, outlawed abortion only if it took place after the quickening. Likewise, a pregnant woman could not be executed post-quickening. The English jurist William Blackstone wrote in 1770, “To be saved from the gallows a woman must be quick with child—for barely with child, unless he be alive in the womb, is not sufficient.” In other words, a fetus whose movements could not yet be detected was not yet fully alive. An 1812 Massachusetts court case, Commonwealth v. Bangs, confirmed that pre-quickening abortions “would remain beyond the scope of the law.” Even though states began to pass criminal abortion statutes in the 1820s, courts before 1850 rarely heard cases involving pre-quickening abortion.
Over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the quickening lost its prominence as a legal and moral distinction. In 1857 the American Medical Association lamented the “belief, even among mothers themselves, that the foetus is not alive till after the period of quickening.” The Catholic Church, which had long treated pre-quickening abortion as the destruction of only potential human life, finally forbade abortion at any stage in 1869. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court divided pregnancy into trimesters and discussed the quickening as a relic. Today state laws on abortion refer either to viability outside the womb or to a set number of weeks. …
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Wikipedia Article on history of abortion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christian_thought_on_abortion
While the Hebrew text of the Bible only required a fine for the loss of a fetus, whatever its stage of development, the Jewish Septuagint translation, which the early Christians used, introduced a distinction between a formed and an unformed fetus and treated destruction of the former as murder. It has been commented that “the LXX could easily have been used to distinguish human from non-human fetuses and homicidal from non-homicidal abortions, yet the early Christians, until the time of Augustine in the fifth century, did not do so
And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide. “But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, (NAS, Exodus 21:22-24)
Prior to 1973, abortion was legal in some of the 50 states of the U.S., usually with restrictions. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, ruled that a woman has a right to an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, the states are still allowed to regulate abortion during the second trimester and prohibit it during the third trimester2. Since that time, abortion has become one of the most controversial and divisive issues within society.
The Pro-life Position
Pro-life activists represent one extreme of opinion. They believe life begins at the instant of conception. Therefore, abortion is murder and is prohibited by the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:13). They strongly support laws banning all or almost all abortions.
However, the belief that life begins at conception does not have clear support from medical science, the Bible, religious tradition or legal tradition. Some early Church fathers (e.g., Tertullian) wrote against abortion, and it has been considered sinful throughout Church history. However, early Christians apparently did not view abortion as murder until well beyond conception. In the thirteenth century, Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote that a soul enters the body at 40 days after conception for males and 80 days for females. That became church doctrine for many centuries, and abortion before that time of ensoulment was not considered a mortal sin. The belief that life begins at conception apparently has its origins in an 1869 decree by Pope Pius IX that abortion at any point in pregnancy was cause for excommunication.3,4
English common law apparently tolerated abortion until “quickening,” the first detectable fetal movements, around the fifth month. Similarly, abortion was largely unregulated in the U.S. until the mid 1800s. Laws against abortion were passed around 1900, but the primary reasons had to do with the injuries and deaths resulting from unskilled abortions and a struggle between opposing factions for control of medical practice.5
Wikipedia Article on the Topic of Ensoulment