Three sides to every story

When I ask a question, I like to be given a precise answer. I want it cut and dry with no room for interpretation and no gray area. Guess what? We don’t always get what we want. This is where politics and I don’t mix. Throw religion, equal rights, and differing opinions in and an argument is sure to ensue. Never fails. So when all this occurs, who do we listen too? Which side is right and which is wrong? My answer will without a doubt will always be both. We are humans after all, unworthy of perfection. You know that saying that there are three sides to every story? Your side, my side, and then what really happened. When you want to know the facts you need to do your own research. Do not rely on someone else to do that research for you. Stand up for your beliefs but stand on your own leg and not others’. When differing viewpoints are argued I read them, perhaps I agree with some over others, but if I want to form my own opinion I search for my own facts. I usually do not let the influence of a prominent person, whether that is a celebrity, musician, or politician, determine my opinion. So here is the research I have done and this is solely MY opinion. Take it with a grain of salt and do your own information gathering.

The hot topic was abortion and the Bible was the first source I turned too. Most conservative Christians and most conservative Republicans have said that abortion should be illegal. On the other hand, some Christians and liberal Democrats will argue that it is the woman’s right to choose. The argument is that you can only be pro-life or pro-choice. Here’s what I think. I believe that the Bible never once says the word abortion. But that does not however mean that the idea of abortion is never mentioned. It is. This is the closest passage I could find. “When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine.” Exodus 21:22.

That’s it? All this controversy over abortion and all I can find is a verse that vaguely mentions that if a woman were to have a miscarriage while fighting with someone then that someone pays her husband a fine as long as the woman is okay! I do not get it. Does this mean I am for abortion? Absolutely not. But do not make controversy over something that frankly the Bible doesn’t seem to make an issue of.

There are references in the Bible that relate to life beginning in the womb. One of the most commonly used in the abortion debate is from Psalm 139:13, which addresses God with the statement that “you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” This to me proves that yes, life begins in the womb, but does not say anything pertaining to abortion.

If people really want to have laws based on God’s word then we need to use ALL of God’s word, not just the things we pick and choose and deem important. For example, why is money and tithing not a hot topic in politics? I’ve recently learned that money is the most used word in the Bible. Paul speaks of giving in 1 Corinthians 16:1–2 “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 Of the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.” Where’s the outcry for laws demanding that we must give to churches? Why is it that some are so quick to say what it is a woman can or can’t do with her body but denounce the idea that they should be told what they should do with their money? Doesn’t that seem a little hypocritical? Money is the issue that God spent the most time on so shouldn’t it be at the forefront in religious and political debates? Yet it is so often brushed under the rug and most refuse to speak of it. Why? The Old Testament has laws that state you must tithe ten percent while the New Testament offers no set percentage but does speak of setting aside your income, all while being a cheerful giver.

The next time you find yourself witnessing a heated religious or political debate, investigate the facts for yourself. Do not take mine or any other person’s word for something. Take the time to further your knowledge of someone’s article, comments, and opinions for they are all skewed, consciously or unconsciously, by our beliefs.

11 Responses to Three sides to every story

  1. TommyK says:

    That is where people just cannot seem to understand what an opinion is. Too many people think that their opinion is fact, and if you disagree, they are quick to vilify you. It is rare that people are genuinely open to hearing what someone else has to say. In our political system, for example, if you are registered as a Democrat, you automatically want an abortion clinic on every corner; likewise, Republicans are all about restricting women’s rights. The truth is that there are plenty of Democrats that are not proponents of abortion and some Republicans that believe that women should have the same rights as men. People are quick to judge without realizing that we are not perfect and thus not qualified to judge someone.

  2. TommyK says:

    Plus, our society, in general, is filled with people who are intolerant of the opinions of someone else if they are not in lockstep with their own. It’s a sad reality.

  3. ryan85 says:

    You’re correct in saying the word abortion isn’t in the Bible, however the Bible is far from silent on the issue. The reason passages like Psalm 139 are relevant is because the debate shifted away from murder to “when does life begin.” Many abortion proponents justify their position by defining life in terms that allow them to abort without, in their minds, killing. The Biblical perspective is that God upholds life and particularly loves little children, He also sets murder out of bounds. Understanding that life begins at conception, we say God opposes abortion. The Bible would be silent on sex trafficing too, but we would still outline how God is opposed to it based on it being kidnapping, rape, etc. The Bible doesn’t speak to driving drunk and sending my car into a crowded sidewalk, but again, we would speak against it because the Bible prohibits drunkenness, again murder here, etc.

    It isn’t a political or legal issue, it’s a moral issue being debated in those arenas. I loved this comment from Ron Paul, “The law is very important, we should have these laws but, law will not correct the basic problem, and that is the morality of the people.” He’s exactly right. Legal or not, there will still be a choice. The church had to raise it’s voice when Roe v. Wade happened. The idea of abortion was immoral and illegal, until this case came into the spotlight, but afterwards the debate left the moral ring and entered the legal one, hence the loud debats over the last 40 years or so.

    • TommyK says:

      There are also a large contingent of pro-life/anti-abortion people who find it acceptable to bomb abortion clinics in the name of Biblical principles. They don’t see any issue with killing a doctor. Now, I am no abortion proponent at all, but it is equally as wrong to kill the doctors who perform them.
      It is also the case that a good portion of the pro-life contingent is all for the death penalty. They have no trouble taking the life of another human in that case. I know you do not fall into that category, but it is also very much a moral issue.

  4. ryan85 says:

    We cannot allow the errors of men be used to justify further errors. For example, we would be wrong to conclude that the Bible is tolerant of abortion because pro-life zealots bombed a clinic. Men make mistakes, both willful and out of ignorance, but their mistakes don’t erase the exixtence of a moral right and wrong. However, the thinking goes like this. A doctor kills X amount of people every year, so by killing him I’m saving X amount of lives. I don’t think this is the way to approach the situation, but the same culture that criticizes an assassin in the name of pro-life would celebrate an assisin of a terrorist. We live with in a culture that sees morals as jello, when the truth is in stone. Again, I’m not advocating violence at an abortion clinic, I’m just pointing out the moral inconsistency. Why is it okay to murder hundreds of thousands of babies each year but wrong to kill a dozen doctors?

    • TommyK says:

      One thing you will never hear from me is that is ok to perform X number of abortions and be ok, but killing the doctor is not. What you will hear from me is that the same people that scream about abortion have no ground to stand on when they celebrate the murder of the doctor. By that same measure, celebrating the death of a terrorist is wrong as well.
      But we also cannot pick and choose our morality just to fit a certain view we have. And that is where our society is messed up; we choose when we are moral, and when it is ok to be immoral.

  5. I quite frankly don’t care what side people take on the whole abortion issue as long as you’ve done your own research and came to your own opinions yourself without listening to the words of others’. My point is this is the research I’ve done and this is my conclusion, therefore my opinion. I think if we are going to take a stance on one issue in the Bible, we need to take a stance on every issue in the Bible. No room for interpretation. The Bible is Truth. We can not modernize it to fit our current views, we must mold our views to fit it. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, burn for burn, etc. Are certain things immoral because society has deemed them immoral or because God’s word said it? I’m just saying it shouldn’t be okay for people to pick and choose what they deem relevant or irrelevant from the Bible. It’s all in there for an intended purpose. Divorce is another topic clearly frowned upon in the Bible but no one is crying out for that to be illegal. Why? It’s another moral inconsistency.

    • ryan85 says:

      If it’s any consolation, I’m crying out against divorce. I catch heat for it as well. You are exactly right in pointing out the church’s inconsistent approaches. We’ve simply been cowards at best, greedy people of compromise at worst.

      The only thing I’d point out about the “pick and choose” argument is that one must understand Biblical revelation. Here’s an example, during the Old Testament people were commanded to sacrifice animals as a sin offering. But, that’s not required anymore becuase Jesus was the final sacrifice. To refrain from animal sacrirfice isn’t to cherry pick scripture, it’s to apply the whole thing. There are many laws that pertained to the temple or tabernacle and the practices of sacrifice that were fulfilled in Christ. Therefore we are no longer required to practice them. We could explore examples you might wonder about, but I wanted to show a general example of how it works.

      • TommyK says:

        Why would you catch heat for crying out against divorce? That just confuses me. The whole “till death do us part” thing should mean something to people.

    • TommyK says:

      I think the three of us all feel the same about divorce and are probably all frustrated with the rate at which they occur, and their relative acceptance in our culture. But you are right, that is an area where we turn a blind eye and don’t think twice. The same people that preach “family values” are having an affair.

  6. I believe that to be understandable because yes the Bible talks about Jesus being the final sacrifice, therefore we’re good to go on not having to sacrifice animals…though if you’d like to get rid of all snakes, I’m all for it! =) I simply believe everyone should just do research before they go off on a soapbox. They tend to take what they hear a politician or news media say and take it as gospel. And I’m all for the fight against divorce!

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