Throughout history, God has given man particular instruments that have permitted insight into His creation that in the past only God Himself was able to see and enjoy. The telescope permits us to gaze into the astonishing beauties and majestic wonders of the universe. As the Psalmist cries out, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge" Psalm 19:1-2.The microscope has afforded us the opportunity to view different wonders so small and so minuscule that without such an aid it would be impossible to ever enjoy such magnificent sights. Such opportunities leave us in awe of both the creation and its astonishing Creator.
The ultrasound is another such incredible instrument. It allows us to observe for the first time the wonders of God developing life in the womb. This instrument has given us two unique windows. One is a window into the womb of the mother where we can see the handiwork of God. In Psalm 139:13-16 we can witness the truth to this where it says: "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them."
The second window allows us to glimpse beyond the visible and perceive God's invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature. Romans 1:20 says: "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made." We can clearly observe the majesty and glory of God as He shines forth in the creation of the child in the womb.
|ABORTION IS MUCH MORE
THAN JUST TAKING PHYSICAL LIFE.
When viewing her baby through the ultrasound, the mother begins to see what is described in Romans. The creation of the child in her womb is a personal witness to the existence and goodness of God, although she may not understand all the facets and implications of what she is seeing and feeling at the time. The child she sees cries out to the existence, greatness, and glory of God.
The ultrasound and the written Word of God combine to:
Expose not only the child in her womb but also the reality and involvement of the Creator with the child. We can clearly see through the ultrasound that God is a God of beauty, goodness, love, grace, mercy, and sovereignty. He is surely a God of life and good news! The ultrasound demonstrates God's creativity (the baby) as well as His love and care of the child in the womb. Such a situation also points to the special calling of the mother to love, protect, nurture, and care for her unborn child. God's involvement with both the mother and the child evidences that both are taking part in a sacred relationship and event.
A child is a special gift. God has given her the gift of life! The ultrasound demonstrates the sacredness and preciousness of life as well as giving to the mother a further bonding experience that only she and God can experience.
Begin the witness of God. The ultrasound proves beyond any shadow of doubt that what is in her womb is human life, her baby. She begins to see with her own eyes the preciousness of this child that shows her about the God Who created her and her child. Building upon biblical counseling, the helper can easily discuss with her the preciousness of life and the sacrifice of God when He sacrificed Christ, His only Son, on the cross to give eternal life to others.
Combine natural revelation (creation) and special revelation (Scripture). In natural or general revelation, God the Creator is self-revealed in His work of creation (Romans 1:20). Through such revelation, the mother can come to a certain general knowledge about the nature and character of God.
General revelation about God is, however, insufficient when it comes to the mother's deepest and most pressing problem, which is her broken relationship with God. The basic problem is that she is a sinner in need of forgiveness and reconciliation to God. The answer to the problem of sin and a broken relationship is not given to us through natural revelation.
The picture the ultrasound displays does not tell us anything about Christ, His cross, grace, mercy, or Christ's dying love for sinners. That message comes to the client only through special revelation, which is the Bible, God's written Word. The Bible tells her about Christ and His redemptive work. It is only through God's written Word that one learns salvation is a free gift of God and that one is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
A key to understanding the potential of the ultrasound and how it can be used is to help the client understand that abortion, in its most basic sense, is much more than just taking physical life. Ultimately the decision is a spiritual one. According to Scripture, man is created in the image of God; therefore, abortion is:
• The destruction of His image in the womb of the mother and an indirect attack upon God Himself (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9).
• A sin issue that has its roots in the fall and has affected the heart and judgment of the client.
• A transgression of God's sixth commandment (Exodus 20:13).
• A violent rejection of the commandment to love one's neighbor (Mark 12:31).
• An issue of truth. Declaring the child to be anything less than what God has declared the child to be is giving false testimony against one's neighbor, which includes her child (Ex. 20:16).
• A revolt against the Creator King. Anyone who commits abortion has proclaimed himself to be his own god and morally autonomous, determining good and evil (Gen. 3:5) according to the desires and dictates of his own fallen nature.
Abortion is primarily a heart issue (Matthew 15:18-20; Mk. 7:21-23; Luke 6:43-45; Proverbs 4:23; Jeremiah 17:9-10), therefore:
• The woman's only lasting hope is to be found in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:1; John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
• The unregenerate heart is truly sinful, deceitful, and in desperate need of change and renewal (Jer. 17:9-10; Ezekiel 36:26; Ephesians 2:1-3; Rom. 5:12-19; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
• Scripture is clear that permanent change and renewal can come only through the re-creative work of the Holy Spirit and the client's response (1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; Jn. 3:5; Titus 3:5; Rom. 10:13-17; James 1:18).
Because of this firm conviction, Hope National has dedicated much of its resources and time to teaching, training, and encouraging pregnancy centers in the use of biblical counseling for their clients. It is only through counseling, guiding, encouraging, and loving clients biblically that we will see lasting and permanent change in our clients' lives both now and for eternity (Rom. 10:9-17; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:17-18).
The ultrasound gives the helper a wonderful opportunity to give the client hope for her and her unborn baby. The God who has created and bestowed such a miraculous gift upon the mother is also a God of promises and love.
As well as understanding the spiritual issues about abortion, it is important to understand the incredible instrument God has given in ultrasound. By placing them together, you have a powerful presentation of both natural and special revelation to the abortion-minded/vulnerable woman.
While it is true that each center may have its own procedures regarding ultrasound, it is at this point you have the opportunity to bring a tangible application of what your client has already heard. In addition to the biblical counseling she has received, she is now seeing the image of God in her womb. She has been instructed how God has created this child. The Gospel has been shared, and she has heard how God sent His only Son to pay for her sins through His life, death, and resurrection and we all have the opportunity to come to Christ so that we too may spend eternity with Him.
The ultrasound illuminates the marvels of God's hand knitting the child together. There is a powerful image that stares back at the woman when she is watching the ultrasound. The expression 'a picture is worth a thousand words' is put into full force at this point. Take this opportunity to reinforce the fact that this child is created and designed for a purpose and a plan. Reiterate the points of biblical counseling and reinforce that the mother herself has a purpose and plan designed by God. She is now seeing the witness of God in the picture the ultrasound brings into clear focus.
In the medical center, the most powerful and persuasive plea for life can be made using the ultrasound, interpreted properly, in the context of the Gospel presentation. There is nothing more exciting than having the privilege of presenting the Gospel to a client and watching the Holy Spirit apply that message to their hearts and lives!
James H. Dundas, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Lincoln, Delaware, is the President of Hope National, a ministry to pregnancy centers and churches that are committed to counseling biblically. They offer full training programs for staff, volunteers, and board members using a biblical counseling manual entitled "Focus on the Heart." For further information, call 302- 424-2166 or visit www.hopenational.net.