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Chapter 23

“For of Such Belongs the
Kingdom of God”


We are not some casual and meaningless product
of (materialistic/atheistic) evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
—Benedict XVI



Our Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for of such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)  Children are to be welcomed as a blessing and to be blessed, to be received as a gift and to be given the gift of true love.  They are not to be rejected, contracepted, aborted or abused.  They are not to be treated as an object or an animal, a pet or a plaything.  Like every human being, a child has a spiritual soul and a physical body.  Both are to be respected and protected.

Among the many factors that militate against this is a false understanding of freedom.  When freedom means “free love” or sexual promiscuity, a decadence sets in affecting the whole of society, including a “hookup culture” of mutual exploitation and outright abuse.  When free speech means a flood of pornography, the dignity of humanity is debased and even the most innocent are corrupted to some degree.  This kind of freedom is really a slavery to sin that leads to spiritual death.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

  Furthermore, because of another form of false freedom, unrestricted technological progress, we can now produce children in a laboratory, like products at a factory, resulting in test-tube babies by the process of in vitro fertilization.  Putting it satirically, why not create designer babies custom made to order through genetic engineering, now that we are playing God?  At the very least, we should be able to select the sex by a process of elimination, discarding or freezing unwanted embryos for the girl or boy of our choice, right?  After all, we know when the soul is created, because we are the Creator, and certainly it is not before the embryo is implanted in the womb.  I know you will say, “But the embryo is human with its own unique DNA.”  What is the difference?  It does not look like a baby to me, does it to you?

Seriously though, this domination and manipulation of human life, obviously, does not respect the dignity of humanity, treating unborn children like physical objects or farm animals, rather than human persons at an early stage of development, fully human, even if not fully developed.  They deserve to be conceived in love.

Advocates of the sexual revolution promised to men and women a false freedom—liberation from the consequences of sexual activity by way of reckless abandon, contraception and abortion.  The resulting “culture of death” and slavery to sin has left many wounded or dead, both spiritually and physically.  In truth, “free love” is a lie.  Sin is expensive.  True love is what we need, for “the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)  Sex is for marriage, and marriage is for life, both for the good of children, and for the good of husband and wife.


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