It’s something that occasionally jolts my conscience. We seem to live in a society that regards itself as peaceable, pleasant and (in the UK) avoids the death penalty and holds all life as sacred (or a “right”), even that of dangerous criminals. But the unborn seem to have no such protection. Are we as a society gradually inoculating ourselves to the horror of killing human beings, yet still perceiving ourselves as civilised? My personal position is twofold: one, the Bible’s point of view is pretty clear and should not be dismissed (by Christians) as wrong (see below), and secondly that the arguments for the current sort of abortion-on-demand are utterly feeble! There is a caveat here that I am not arguing against all abortions, as the pro-lifers are often publicly slandered and libelled as doing: when another life is at risk (e.g. the mother, or another child), there is a much more difficult dilemma at hand. Nor am I commenting on exactly where the law should stand.
The passage in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which covers covering, has been the subject of a long-standing confusion, even apparently for the translators, and also for my fellowship, my wife and myself. I think it is still relevant to think on this topic as Paul writes: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.” In other words, Paul is concerned that this tradition (action) as well as teaching is continued without alteration, in his absence. Continue reading