All which crawls, which has life, to you it is to eat. As the light colored grass, I give it to you to eat. Only flesh, in his anima, his blood, you will not eat. Only, the bloods, which is your anima will I seek. From the hand of all life, I will seek it. From the hand of Adam, from the hand of the brother of the Mensch I will seek the anima of the Mensch. Whoever sheds the blood of Adam, in man his blood will be shed. In the Shalom of God he made Adam. Genesis 9:3-6
The Personal Name told The Upraised One, Where is Mist, your brother? He said, “I do not know. Am I the guard of my brother?” He said, “What have you done? The voice of my blood of your brother calls to me from the Adamah/the ground.” Genesis 4:9-10
Be bonded together in not eating the blood. The blood is the anima. Deuteronomy 12:23
Over the past twenty years or so I have observed something strange about the people who identify as so called pro-life. I will take a strong pro-life position as it relates to dignity in the workplace, dignity for people in the home, anything that relates to pro-life after birth. What I will receive in kind from the pro-life people in Reno Nevada and elsewhere is a strong statement that I am wrong because I am pro-choice. They will spend the next hour trying to convince me of a position that I started with long before I met these Reno Nevada so called pro-life people.
This is strange because, first, I am pro-life and arguing a pro-life position. Second, this is strange because I never mentioned the pre-natal position in my presentation. Where is this defense coming from? It can only come from one place. The position assumes that you can only be pro-life for one side of the birth canal. If you are pro-life for this side of the birth canal, post-natal, you cannot be pro-life for the other side, the pre-natal side, and vice versa. I will therefore spend the next hour debating pro-lifers about a pro-life position, with me taking the positive position.
Genesis 9: 3-6 is clear. “Only flesh, in his anima, his blood, you will not eat.” “In his anima, his blood.” The anima is the blood.” Life/anima/soul/blood are all the same thing. If an organism has blood, it has life, a soul/anima. “What have you done? The voice of my blood of your brother calls to me from the Adamah/the ground.” Genesis 4:9-10 In this passage God takes the position further. He says that any attack on any human being for any reason, no matter how well justified, is an attack, not upon that person, but upon God’s blood, which is in that person. God says, “My blood,’ calls to me from the ground.”
The passages are therefore clear on two points, when there is blood there is life. It follows that life begins when there is blood. As a past medic in the Navy, I learned that there is blood when there are two cells. Blood is unique among the organs of the body in that it is both fluid, alive, and in that it nourishes every other cell of the body. That is what God asks of us, to be fluid, alive, and to nourish every other cell, human being on this planet. There is blood moments after conception. So-called pro-lifers, when we debate, you spend your entire argument trying to convince me of a position I start with.
Still, there is massive room for disagreement between us. The Torah goes a large step further than your position. Torah also says, “Whoever sheds the blood of Adam, in man his blood will be shed. In the Shalom of God he made Adam. Genesis 9:3-6 Man is made in the Shalom/image of God. He is also made in the likeness “Damoth” feminine plural of Dam/blood of God. How we treat our neighbor is the way we treat God, in his image and in his likeness.
In America, we have the debate about burning the flag. In most countries, they have the idea of burning unwanted leaders in effigy. In most countries, either act is a capital offense. Our neighbor is in essence an effigy of God. How we treat this neighbor, this effigy of God is therefore the way we would treat God, pre-natal and post-natal. That is right; on both sides of the birth canal.
There are those, most claiming to be pro-life, who want to eliminate the minimum wage, pay less than is sufficient to live life, not just sufficient to survive, but to live life, with all life means. There are those who want to cut funding for public education, and the arts, because life is about being a means of production for someone else. They are not attacking their employees, or those who live on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. They attack God himself, and God has a way of getting even. That is why we see the problems we see in our country today.
When I argue for life, after birth and receive the position that I must be pro-choice, I hear an either or argument. Either you are pro-life before birth, or you are pro-life after birth. I hear the argument that only those not yet born are truly human. I, and those who are poor and in want have the bad fortune of having been born, so are no longer really human. To this, based upon my reading of Scripture, I cannot agree, because I am pro-life, supporting life as made in the image of God.
There is, of course, room for legitimate disagreement on method. The problem is that rarely do I state a method in my discussions, merely the view that life extends after birth. The so-called pro-lifers take exception to that position. For them life begins at conception and ends at birth. To be honest, I find their position repulsive to the point of nauseating.
I remember watching Caesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer and Victoria Stilwell of Its me or the Dog. The show generally begins with the dog in the stairwell or the dog somewhere else intimidating its owners. We glue ourselves to our seats, waiting to see what Caesar or Victoria are going to do when they meet Fido in the stairwell. The only problem is that Caesar and Victoria rarely, if ever meet Fido in the stairwell. They pick the battleground and Fido rarely has a chance.
Most people who identify with the so-called pro-choice position are fueled in their positions, not so much with the idea that life does not include those on the wrong side of the birth canal. Rather, their position is fueled by the idea that life, life lived to its fullest, as made in the image and likeness of God, also includes them. Their position is fueled by the idea that life as made in the image and likeness of God also includes the mother.
The so-called pro-life people insist on meeting Fido in the stairwell, and attack the values of Christians because we want to meet Fido on our battleground. They insist on fighting the abortion issue head on, and then find out that once mom is three months pregnant, it is too late. She has nothing but bad choices. She can give up her child, after it is born and she becomes attached to it, or she can abort it, or we can force her to raise it, often with money she does not have. None of these choices are moral choices.
There is room for legitimate debate on the issue, not of pro-life versus pro-choice. There is room for legitimate debate between the Caesars and the Victorias among us. Where is the right battle ground to fight this Fido. Both Caesar and Victoria will agree, it is not in the stairwell.
That is why I am not a member of the pro-life crowd. Nor am I am member of the pro-choice crowd. I am a member of the pro-God crowd.