To the Editor,

From the Bible, the book of Genesis 6:5-6:

5). And God saw that the wickedness of men was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6). And it repented the Lord that He had made men on earth. And His heart was filled with pain.

How close are we today to fill the Lordís heart with the same kind of pain He felt before the great flood? How corrupt and violent has our world become? In the news the week of June 24, we read of a 5-year-old boy who got a .22-caliber rifle for his birthday the year before, recently he took the rifle and shot his 2-year-old sister and killed her.

A 10-year-old boy argues with his mother about his chores, upset, he takes a gun and shoots his mother in the head.

A 6-year-old girl is found in the middle of the street bound at her feet, with a plastic bag over her had wrapped in a tarp, dead.

People of all ages found in their homes, woods, off by the side of the road, shot or beaten to death. Not one or two, but several.

And the worst show of disrespect to God was at the Texas state capitol where people showed up in large numbers to make sure that a bill restricting abortions would not pass. When the announcement was made that the bill had not passed, the cheers of the crowd made me think of this, ďwas this what it was like when the lions, tigers, bears and gladiators were turned loose on the followers of the way (Christians) as they stood there defenseless? Men, women and children all innocent of any crime.Ē And the people full of evil, with no remorse, their hearts cold as an iceberg, cheering wanting to see blood.

Now, when an abortion takes place, no matter if it is 20 weeks, 20 hours or 20 minutes after conception, it is a crime against God, who created this new life out of nothing. Out of His will.

The sixth commandment says this: ďDo not commit murder!Ē It is written in stone. Not to be changed, not to be erased, not to be altered.

Some people including doctors argue that what is in the motherís womb up until 20 weeks is only a blob of blood.

Others say it doesnít matter because the fetus has no feelings until after 20 weeks. The truth is ó what is in the motherís womb is a miracle that God performed. Donít believe me? Look in the mirror, you too at one time did not even exist. God created you.

Your parents met, they fell in love, got married, you became a dream, they had intimate relations and there, an egg furnished by your mother was fertilized by a sperm furnished by your father and there in a tiny cell, not visible to the naked eye, was all that is needed to form a complete human being, a new life was started.

Thatís right, inside that tiny cell was a brain, eyes, heart, liver, etc., and most important a soul. And life started, the cell divided into two, then four, then eight and so on. If the cell was not alive, it would not be able to divide. Yes friends, God works in mysterious ways. We will never understand how, when, or where, but He does.

Can you tell me how someone who at one time did not even exist is reading this letter today?

God created you and He loves you. And all He asks in return is for you to love Him, and obey His commandments. Itís that easy.

When nothing else will help, give Jesus a chance. He is always there for you.

Chaplain T.R. Rios,