Can humans lose their “humanity” in God’s eyes?

I have always thought the answer to this question is “no” because Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.  So I’ve always thought sin is just a matter of degree and that no one can put themselves beyond God’s reach and lose their humanity (Imago Dei).  That is why a number of years ago when the late Lawrence Auster referred to a group of young criminal men as possibly being “sub-human,” I strongly disagreed with him.

But I have no idea how it is possible that Dr. Ginde of Planned Parenthood can be considered “human” and retaining her Imago Dei.  Has she not become a monster in Satan’s image?

During the conversation, [Dr.] Ginde is asked if she ever gets intact specimens.

“Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact,” she said.

CMP alleges that, since this particular Planned Parenthood affiliate does not use feticides in its second-trimester procedures, any intact deliveries prior to an abortion “are potentially born-alive infants under federal law.”

Near the end of the more than 11-minute video, Ginde digs through the remains of an 11-week-old fetus in a petri dish, showing different body parts to the undercover activist.

At one point, a sound identified as a skull cracking is heard. Later, someone in the room asks questions such as “Do they want brain?” and “Do people do stuff with eyeballs?” The activist laments that using water in the petri dish has caused some of the tissue to come apart.

“Well you know, a lot of times, especially with the second [trimester fetuses], we won’t even put water, because it’s so big you can put your hand in there and pick out the parts,” Ginde says. “So I don’t think it would be as war-torn.”

As Ginde looks over the fetal tissue she says, “It’s a baby.”

The last quote in the video comes from a medical assistant, joyfully proclaiming “And another boy!” when she realizes the sex of the fetus they are dissecting.

The horrifyingness of this is unspeakable.  How can it be that these women somehow retain Imago Dei?  Are they not the foulest agents of evil imaginable?

It’s not that I think God could not forgive their sin or that Christ’s shed blood would not cover it.  It’s that I wonder if these women any longer retain the ability to avail themselves of Christ’s atonement.  Is it possible that their choices have rendered them inhuman monsters, dead souls in living bodies?

I suppose I am just having an emotional reaction.  I am not a theologian and only have introductory-level education in formal logic.  I know that other people such as Ted Bundy have committed horrendous acts and still been able to repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness.  But those people were insane and on some level seemed to be able to acknowledge they were insane.  These women behave as if sane and are accepted by society as being entirely in their right minds.  If someone is entirely in their right mind and yet able to commit such atrocities, where is God’s image in them?

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10 thoughts on “Can humans lose their “humanity” in God’s eyes?

  1. I have only sen the first in this series with the administrator negotiating prices while eating salad. What has surprised me is the lack of outrage on the part of the public. When I found out that half of lanned Parenthood’s budget was from taxpayer dollars, they may as well be a government agency but, then, they would be subject to oversight. GOOD.

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    • I saw it. These people are ghouls.
      Years ago, I was watching a fast paced comedy show. Count Dracula walks into a blood bank. “Why are you here?”, he is asked. “I vant to make a withdrawal”, he responds.
      That is not ghoulish.

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  2. It’s truly horrifying, isn’t it? It seems as if the general public is not terribly concerned about harvesting and selling organs from human babies but the “murder” of a lion sure has people all riled up.

    From a faith based perspective, I do believe people can lose their humanity, that their hearts can harden past the point of no return, and that even in that there is God’s mercy at play. Sometimes I think God allows hearts to harden so people will not have to feel the weight of what they are doing, or carry the burden of what they have now lost.

    Ephesians 4:18-19 speaks to this, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over….”

    However, I also believe that we are never supposed to go there, to remember that we don’t condemn anyone, that only God judges, and that the blood of the Lamb is truly powerful enough to cover anything. We people here on Earth have our own human biases and cannot fully see into other people’s hearts, so we are unqualified to make those kinds of judgments. Who I might chose to write off as beyond all redemption could turn out to be one of God’s favorite sons or daughters. And far too often I’ve learned that I cannot always see the darkness that might lurk in so called “good” people, so God judges, not I. 😉

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    • It’s my guess, too. They’ve been blowing off mandatory reporting requirements for the victims of statutory rape that come through their doors for years, fight basic sanitation and emergency room privilege requirements, and the like. They have the media in their pocket, as well as the Democrats and some liberal Republicans, and they know it.

      Send notes, keep the pressure on. The Bible tells us that even the corrupt judge attempts justice for the meek if only they keep asking.

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  3. At the intersection of God’s word (the “seared conscience”) and science is psychopathy.

    They probably cannot respond to the gospel.

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  4. I suppose it might depend on your view of salvation, but each time I encounter another story such as this I keep going back to Romans 1:

    28 And just as they did not see fit [u]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, [v]haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

    I’m confident that Jesus’ atoning sacrifice is sufficient even for them, the question becomes will God choose to save them, or will they choose God despite their being slaves to sin, blinded towards God by Satan, and being active servants of Satan.

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