Sunday, January 29, 2006

Roe vs Wade; Revisited

Lately, the newest topic of discussion on the Northup Family Yahoo Group, has been the issue of abortion, which has been hotly contested since The Supreme Court through Roe v. Wade in 1973 formally legalized abortion. This topic came back into the attention of the media following the Bush Administration's attempts to get a more Conservative Court through the appointment of two key Supreme Court justices. Also, in November, former President Jimmy Carter, interviewed by reporters about his upcoming book, "Our Enduring Values-America's Moral Crisis", stated: "I never have felt that any abortion should be committed - I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors...I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion...I have always thought it was not in the mainstream of the American
public to be extremely liberal on many issues."

Of course, to add to the mix, Norma McCorvey, who was the "Jane Roe" in the Roe v. Wade suit, has changed her opinion on the matter, 23 years after she first brought suit against then Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, because he denied her the right to an abortion. Now, she is bringing a new suit against the current Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill, asking that the previous decision be over-turned. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear McCorvey's arguments March 2, 2004. On Sept. 14, the 3 judge panel rejected the opportunity to re-open litigation, basing its ruling on procedural grounds.

I have always been opposed to abortion on a personal level, exactly as Jimmy Carter has outlined, however I have also always favored Roe v. Wade, based on an assumption it was saving a lot of young women from coming under the knife of illegal Abortion doctors in back alleys all over the country. Seems like many people have forgotten this aspect of the whole issue. It has been reduced to the simple analogy, "Choice versus Life". Nothing is ever this simple, unfortunately. Early on, I made the statement that I knew one gal, violently opposed to abortion on moral grounds, who paid for two abortions for her teen-age daughter.

My contention is and always has been that every case is unique and needs to be studied on a case by case basis. The High Court has consistently rejected all attempts by various venues attempting to circumvent Roe vs Wade. Essentially, what they accomplished in the 1973 decision was to prevent a single county or municipality from making any sort of law regarding abortion. This right they reserved for the highest court in the land. The Federal Government has spoken, "We hold this right to be self-evident..."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Northup Family BLOGgers

I like the BLOGs that bury links with access to the WEB.
Like this one HERE that takes you to a pic of Matt and Deb...
I mentioned in my latest Post to visit Ronnie's Poems,
I said he'd soon reiterate and visit all your homes.
You also ought to go and visit
Larry at his Spot.
He likes his Pics of daughters and he BLOGs around a lot.
Now Brandon is my Grandson and his Mom is Camelon.
She Loves her Boy and shows it when she puts his Pictures on.
April is my daughter, too and shares with us her Art.
And Beth is always ready for some Wisdom to impart.
There's lots of BLOGgers out there and they all have much to share.
Like Frank and Di and Jo and Faith or Vy and Lauri's Lair.

I really have to warn you all, The SPAMmers Love you, too.
You have to learn to block the posts that all the Robots do.

Success at last

Some folks have said my site's obscure,
and hidden on the web.
so here's a link to clear the trail,
good going Matt and Deb.

Matt and Deb; Christmas 2005

Matt and Deb announced they are getting married this Summer.
TheBlogger Welcomes you to Northup Family BLOG.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Worshipping Edgar Cayce

Of late, The talk around the Northup Family Group E-Mail has centered around discussion of whether or not the celebrated Mystic, Edgar Cayce was an authentic Christian motivated by the Holy Spirit, or if Satan was using him to lead people astray. The most recent development was the claim by David Wilcock that he is the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce.

Mostly, the Christian leadership is claiming that anyone who believes in reincarnation can have no part with Christianity, but of course, Cayce himself wrestled with this apparent contradiction and read the Bible over at least once for every year of his life, in an effort to maintain a proper Biblical perspective. He came to the conclusion that Reincarnation in no way is contradictory to Bible Teaching, and was , in fact, right in line with his own beliefs on the subject.

Now, of late, many question the sincerity of anyone who can even consider the possibility that Edgar Cayce, or for that matter, David Wilcock, has a place in Christian Theology. It has been pointed out that Jesus Himself was a Mystic and did many things that were considered heretic by the Church Leaders of his own day. And, as a matter of fact, anyone today who would claim to be doing any of the same things that were done as a matter of course by Christ and His Apostles, and indeed by their followers in the early Christian Church, would be condemned by the Mainline Christian Churches, in spite of the fact that Christ Himself made the claim that: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.", which can be found in the 14th Chapter of John, Verse 12. And yet, these same Christian Leaders of the day claim Jesus Christ to be worthy of our Worship as being actually God Incarnate, a one third part of a Trinity God.

One has only to look to the very words of our Lord and Saviour to know that he claimed no such high station for himself. In John, Chapter 5, Beginning with Vs 30: "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true." and again in Chapter 8, beginning with Vs 28: "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."

This does not sound to me like someone who is seeking his own Glory. Jesus gave all the Glory to The Father. I maintain that Edgar Cayce gave all the Glory to the Father, and he considered Jesus, the Christ to be "His Elder Brother". In fact, Paul, in the Letter to the Romans, made the following statement, beginning in Vs 16: "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together." And also in Galations: "And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." This seems to maintain that we are also Heirs to the Jewish Promise of being God's Chosen People. It should be abundantly clear why Edgar Cayce would consider Jesus to be His Elder Brother. In fact, Cayce claims the Promise of Living a Christ Life is for all Believers. Jesus was the Man, Christ is the attainable Goal for all Christians.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Thanks Dad I joined

Alrighty I figured out how to blog to this site!!