There are letters to the editor that are inaccurate and irritating, but most of us shake our heads and move on. John Burns’ letter on July 2, was nothing short of abhorrent, however, and requires a response.

When the creator and sustainer of the world is credited with not addressing the murder of innocent children (the ending of a beating heart, working organs, sucking thumbs, waving hands, functioning ears that hear the world around them…) in his word to us, the Bible, I can’t stay silent.

Jesus, the Son of God, lived and died so that the guilty (us) could benefit from the innocent (him) and spend eternity the way God originally intended – in perfect peace and joy. John 1 tells us that Jesus, the Word of God, was present with God and was God from eternity.

Jesus’ entire message was one of life eternal. For humanity, life begins in the womb and the soul continues past death.

In Genesis 1 he declares the creation of humankind to be very good. In Exodus 20, he forbids murder.

All throughout the Bible the message is one of a sovereign God giving the keys to earthly life and life eternal. He says we are the apple of his eye, his beloved, his very children, and he will not overlook injustice done to one of his own. Jesus said in Mark 10:14, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

I can’t think of a better defense than the prayer in Psalm 17: “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies surround me. They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.”

Protecting the vulnerable, defenseless baby in the womb ought to be a high priority of any person, any family, any church, any society, any nation that desires to continue to have God’s blessing.

Natalie Peterson

Willmar