I posted this on another site in speaking about abortion and I decided to go ahead and post it here too, since the danger of relativism is one which needs to be seen and overcome.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the "dictatorship of relativism". Although not all Christians are Catholic Christians, relativism is something we should all take a careful look at, because unfortunately, relativism is rampant in society and it has even influenced Christian thinking to such an extent, that although we accept that the truth exists, many are hesitant to actually say what it is. That kind of relativism isn't what our Lord Jesus promised, and some careful re-examination of things needs to take place. Someone mentioned abortion, and that is something that is literally a matter of life and death.
When it comes to abortion, the matter comes down to this question: Is the baby in the womb a living person with a soul from the first moment of conception or not? For secular society, it's easier to understand how confusion over this can exist, since many don't accept that the baby in the womb is a living person with a soul or that anyone at all has a soul. But even those who don't believe in the existence of the soul, generally do accept that we all have rights; at least those of us no longer in the womb of our mothers. They also generally accept that murder is wrong, even though the laws society has against murder doesn't require that anyone believe in the existence of the soul. So why isn't the law against murder extended to protect the life of the uborn when it comes to abortion? I say "when it comes to abortion" because in some places in America, a person who murders a pregnant woman can be convicted of DOUBLE homicide. Why "double" in a country that allows the killing of unborn babies by the thousands every day? Again, it's understandable that such confusion exists among unbelievers, but among Christians such insanity should be easy to spot. Sadly, relativism is rampant in society and it has even influenced Christian thinking to such an extent, that although they accept that the truth exists, no one can actually say what it is. That kind of relativism isn't what our Lord Jesus promised, and some careful re-examination of things needs to take place.
For now, in speaking of abortion, let's consider this passage from the holy Bible, to shed light on this.
For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)
These words were proclaimed by Elizabeth, who was at the time pregnant with John the Baptist, to the Blessed Virgin Mary when she came to visit. Although still within the womb incapable of conscious reasonable thought, the baby is still alive and with a soul. Only a living soul can experience the presence of joy as shown in Luke 1:44. Whereas unbelievers will deny this, there is no excuse for Christians who are told, "Thou shalt not kill." As I have learned, the word for kill in this commandment speaks of murder of the innocent. Let's also consider carefully what is said in the following passages of Holy Scripture:
Psalm 139:13 For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well;
15 my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
16 Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
From these passages from the Book of Psalms and Jeremiah, it is seen that it is the Lord Himself Who forms the baby in the womb; His unseen hand guiding the course of nature of which He is the Creator. He is Sovereign over all life, and yet many presume to unlawfully take the Lord's authority upon themselves and call the killing of the unborn a "right". The fact that not everyone believes that the unborn are people with rights is not a sufficient reason to tolerate abortion.
In our history, the humanity and personhood of other peoples have also been denied, like the Indians of the Americas whose rights were ignored and lives taken. Denying the personhood of others makes it easier to kill them when they are seen as an inconvenience. Terrible, horrific atrocities have happened because people's personhood and rights were denied. Another infamous event in our history is the Nazi holocaust. Today it is the unborn, who are dehumanized in such a way that this barbaric practice has become institutionalized as "law". The culture of death exists, and tragically even many Christians have come to cooperate with it.
Let's make no mistake about it. Abortion is another holocaust.