What Is Wrong With the Weather?

What Is Wrong With the Weather?

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It is one thing when the Caribbean gets hit with a hurricane, but northern Europe getting pounded by hurricane-force winds is something else altogether.

Europe got pummeled by one of the worst storms in decades on January 18. Winds of up to 133 miles per hour swept off the Atlantic and ripped across the continent all the way into Russia, leaving a swath of destruction.

The storm killed at least 47 people, and left hundreds of thousands of homes without power, including a million people in the Czech Republic alone. Airports across the continent cancelled flights and battened down the hatches, leaving tens of thousands stranded.

The German federation of insurers said the storm, the worst in 30 years, had caused around a billion euros’ worth of damage in Germany alone. For the first time in its history, the Deutsche Bahn railway company suspended all services across Germany. Off the coast of Britain, 30-foot waves wrecked the msc Napoli, causing her to spill her cargo of bmw motorbikes, wine barrels, carpets and more—delighting English scavengers. Russian oil deliveries to the European Union were suspended after a Ukrainian pumping station lost power due to the high winds.

Climate researchers blame the disaster on “unusually high temperatures in the North Atlantic—0.5 to 1 degree Celsius (around 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal,” which allowed “winds to accumulate more moisture and surge in energy” (Associated Press, January 19).

But as severe as this storm was, the past year has provided a whole host of unusually devastating weather worldwide.

In China, weather disasters during 2006 claimed 2,704 lives and cost approximately $27 billion in economic losses. Typhoon Saomai, the strongest typhoon to hit the People’s Republic of China since its founding, killed approximately 460 people. Meanwhile, as the coast was being flooded, inland China experienced 18 sandstorms and northwestern China is going through the worst drought in a century, leaving more than 17 million people with drinking water shortages. Compounding the drought problem, northern China experienced its worst acid rain in 14 years this past summer, and 80 percent of Beijing’s rain days were “acid rain days” (Xinhua General News Service, January 28). Chinese officials characterized the extreme weather as being “rare” in the country’s history.

Further south, Jahor, Malaysia, experienced its worst floods ever, after receiving the heaviest rainfall in 100 years. In Malaysia the weather has become so unpredictable that a government-commissioned report said the “weather was undergoing a metamorphosis” (New Straits Times, January 15). The report warned Malaysians to be prepared for more extreme occurrences.

Still further south, Australia remains in the middle of the third-worst drought in history, its worst in a century. In many regions, some farmers are losing hope; one anti-depression agency says that on average, one male farmer in Australia commits suicide every four days.

Tasmania was a freak show last year: Every month but September saw a long-term monthly rainfall or temperature record broken. May saw the lowest temperature for the month ever recorded. June experienced the lowest total rainfall. October set records for the hottest day, coldest night, warmest night and lowest rainfall.

In America, regular rainfall is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon in many parts of the country. This past summer, over 60 percent of America languished in abnormally dry conditions or drought. At the same time, record heat scorched the nation, with periodic surges of fierce and damaging triple-digit temperatures. Making matters worse, competition for surface water has heated up as groundwater levels in many drought-affected areas have been drawn down.

2006 also saw the highest average temperature in the United Kingdom since records began in 1914.

During 2005, the Arctic lost 14 percent of its perennial sea ice—the melt rate was 18 times greater than the average of the past several decades. Some scientists claim that it was the warmest summer in 400 years. According to nasa, the Arctic Ocean has lost about 20 percent of its sea ice since the 1970s, an area twice the size of Texas. (Click on these nasa links to compare satellite images of the arctic ice cap in 1981 and 2005.)

If current melt rates continue, it is speculated that Canada’s Northwest Passage could be open for year-around commercial traffic in as little as 15 years. That’s good news for merchants (since it nearly cuts in half the distance by ship between Tokyo and London), but not so good if you are a polar bear.

What in the world is up with the weather?

Many climatologists admit that they just don’t know. Meteorologists have trouble predicting the weather in the short term, let alone in the long run.

Climatologists and meteorologists are only able to rely on scientific observation, experimentation and reason—physical evidence—to forecast weather. But this tells only part of the story. There is another little-used source we can turn to for the other portion of the picture. It claims to pinpoint the causes of weather cataclysms, and to forecast long-term weather trends. Yet it is a source whose veracity most people would naturally question.

That source is God’s revealed Word: the Holy Bible.

Can this Book really tell us the real cause of weather crises?

The God of the Bible claims He controls the weather. He challenges us to believe Him! He says He causes the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. He sends the snow and ice as well as drought and heat. He bathes the Earth with gentle rain to show His loving concern, yet also sends flood and mildew to punish (Matthew 5:45; Job 37; Deuteronomy 28:22).

Further, God, in His great purpose, also allows Satan—the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)—to have a role in producing catastrophic weather, for man’s ultimate learning (see Job 1).

Whereas humankind, in explaining weather, looks to material causes exclusively—physical phenomena measurable by scientific instruments—the Bible shows that there is a spiritual dimension to this question.

Most people today consider themselves too sophisticated to believe that there is a God who can control the weather and that He would use it to punish or teach lessons. Weathermen and news reporters would scoff at the idea that wrong ways of living—wrong lifestyles, morality and thinking—and chaotic weather are related. But the reality is, the majority of mankind has been deceived (Revelation 12:9), and will end up being victims of the very prophecies they reject.

So what does the Bible forecast? The answer to that question is directly related to the moral and spiritual state of the world. Because that is decaying, so too is the state of our weather.

The chaotic weather we have experienced in recent decades will soon seem tame by comparison, unless we alter our present course as a civilization. In the near future, our weather is going to go completely haywire (see Revelation 6:5-8; 8:4-12). The powerful forces of nature will be unleashed upon a disobedient world. We should consider the worsening weather trend a warning.

However, if we follow and obey God, He promises to bless us. In Leviticus 26, God pledges “rain in due season” and that “the land shall yield her increase” (verse 4)—“if ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them” (verse 3). Were the nations to do so, we would find ourselves blessed with beautiful weather and stable climates. We would not have to fear global warming, crop failures and famine, or being killed in a severe weather event.

We can experience prosperous living with pleasant, balanced weather—when mankind is willing to recognize God, His laws and His government. That will mean the dawning of a new age—the wonderful World Tomorrow. If you would like to know more about that soon-coming world, request a copy of our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like!

EU President Wants Free-Trade Agreement With U.S.

EU President Wants Free-Trade Agreement With U.S.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also presently the EU and G-8 president, has big plans for relations between the United States and Europe. Three weeks ago, Chancellor Merkel met with U.S. President George Bush to discuss, among other things, a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement, reported United Press International. The January 4 article said Merkel proposed ideas that go beyond “removing more trade barriers to creating a transatlantic free-trade zone.”

Chancellor Merkel is looking to repair the damage to the “Atlantic Bridge” caused by differences of European and American opinion, specifically on Iraq, wrote Spiegel Online. The logic of such a decision is clear: “The U.S. and the EU share—economically at least—more common interests than differences, and merging the economies could help buffer both sides of the Atlantic from the negative effects of globalization. By creating joint standards, innovations and policies, it would also help to level the playing field with low-wage, newly industrialized nations like China and India” (January 4). As Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, Merkel is capitalizing on the “common interests that make the Europeans and the Americans natural partners.”

Though the emerging threat of Asian economic domination may provide some motivation, a European Union and U.S. partnership is still a bold idea. Merkel’s positive stance toward America as an ally is something rare in European politics, even if the alliance is only economic. A similar idea already failed a few years ago when France derailed it. But Merkel’s power position lends weight to her ideas. The chancellor’s proposal certainly shows a willingness to extend a friendly hand to America. With its economic future looking unstable, America may be eager to hook up with Europe.

The Trumpet has for some years foretold of the rekindling of a romance between Germany and the U.S. This is based on a striking prophecy delivered by the Prophet Ezekiel, who describes a “lover” relationship between the two peoples. In the end, America will regret its having trusted so implicitly in a foreign nation rather than in God: Ezekiel warns that Germany, after gaining America’s trust and support, will betray America. To learn more about this biblical forecast, read our book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

Making Idols of Ourselves

Making Idols of Ourselves

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A lesson from America’s most popular television show.

“I am the next American Idol.”

Those words are commonly spoken into the camera of Fox’s most-watched reality show by conceited auditioners. The young hopefuls may lack social skills, fashion sense and, most audibly, the ability to carry a tune in a wicker basket, but one thing they do not lack is confidence and self-assurance.

And so it goes, that when the three music industry professionals proffer their sometimes brutally honest and usually untactful critiques, the young Americans—overdosed on their own self-esteem—yell, curse, weep, and/or force the producers to stamp an American Idol logo over the top of their hands to censor the final obscene gesture before they storm out of view.

In some cases, they passionately proclaim to America via the camera that they will still be famous—threatening that Randy, Simon and even the usually positive Paula will have to eat crow.

In other cases, these musical misfits flow straight into the arms of friends and family. While some of these support groups merely offer appropriate, unconditional consolation, in too many cases we see them fanning the flames of self-fanaticism. They continue to shower unwarranted praise on the appalling auditioner and assure him or her that the music experts in that room must not know what they’re talking about.

Now, this all makes for riviting television. The premier of American Idol’s sixth season on January 16 garnered about 37.3 million viewers—nearly the population of Poland. Its first two nights were the Fox network’s two biggest nights of prime-time entertainment in its two-decade history.

Surely the producers, when they cull through the initial tens of thousands of auditionees, let the more eccentric ones through for sheer entertainment value. Let’s face it, conflict sells, whether between judges and contestants or judges and judges, and so does human embarrassment.

In some cases, surely these young people purposefully sound terrible and act awkward in order to get their moment on national television. Still, the show illustrates an unpleasant truth: that narcissism is alive and well in America.

Our self-worship has been fueled by the educational philosophy that a young person’s self-esteem is more important than his measurable achievement in any area, and that empty praise will actually increase his achievement. Like the late-night comedy character, we are becoming a nation of Stuart Smalleys, looking into the mirror each day and saying, “I’m good enough, smart enough and … people like me.”

Try taking that thinking into any professional field. How many cds would you buy from an artist who sang poorly, but felt he was good enough and smart enough? Would you let an architect build your house if you knew he got his degree simply because his teachers were too worried about labeling him a failure? Would you board a plane with a pilot who had supreme confidence in his ability to fly, yet whose only qualification was a love of documentaries about aviation? Obviously, self-esteem cannot remedy a lack of musical training or talent, bequeath an ability to design buildings that don’t fall down, or keep a plane in the air. In the end, delusions of self-worth collide with reality.

As much as we like reality shows, we are rearing a generation to ignore reality. Our educators, our friends, and even our family, are afraid of it. Lying is okay, they say, if it spares someone hurt feelings. This goes far beyond the biblical admonition to speak the truth “in love” and to exercise tact in dealing with our fellowman. It is filling someone’s head with deceptions in order to skirt a necessary critique.

If we can take a lesson from the parade of self-confident incompetents on this reality show, perhaps it is to remember the elegant wisdom in the Bible’s warning to each of us “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). We love to love ourselves far too much. We are, in fact, our own idols.

God knows where pride leads. He shows us throughout His proverbs: It leads to foolishness (Proverbs 14:3), shame (Proverbs 11:2), and, most importantly, destruction (Proverbs 18:12). True as this is individually, it is also true on a national level. When a nation becomes inflated with pride, full of people who exalt self-esteem while loathing the slightest criticism, these scriptures indicate where we can expect that arrogance to lead to.

The Trumpet magazine commonly warns about the curses plaguing this land, and those to come—as well as why those curses are happening. God is sending His criticism rather bluntly these days. We can curse Him back, make all the obscene gestures we want, but the constructive criticism will keep coming—and intensifying—until we heed God’s correction.

Would a good dose of national humility not save us from national destruction?

Healthy self-respect is necessary, of course; but improving our character is paramount. And that requires criticism, evaluations, correction and chastening, as Hebrews 12 points out. This passage says God gives us that kind of treatment because He loves us. He does it in love and mercy; He knows that withholding it would only harm us. It is what will make us achieve spiritually. Would to God that we can take that correction when it comes.

Kassam Rockets Rain on Sderot Despite Ceasefire

Kassam Rockets Rain on Sderot Despite Ceasefire

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“We cease—they fire,” is a common lament in the Israeli town of Sderot. Over 100 rockets have been fired into Israel since the November 26 ceasefire agreement between the Israeli army and Gaza militants. Most of those are falling into Sderot (Agence France Presse, January 7). An average of two rockets per day fell on the citizens of Sderot in December.

Living in a city under constant attack has taken its toll physically as well as emotionally on the city’s residents. Imagine living in a town where the “Red Dawn” siren means you have less than 20 seconds to find cover. This is not a recent phenomenon. Kassam rockets have regularly rained down on Sderot since 2000, launched from covert bases in Gaza.

The constant threat demolished the local economy long ago. Realtors can’t move property at any price, much less a profit. Said one resident, “Those who had the means to leave did it long ago. Those who are still here are people like me. They are people who don’t have a choice.”

Unceasing bombardment has taken its toll on flesh and bone. “We have been here since the rockets began, suffering as usual,” said another resident. The rockets have killed six people and injured scores of others. In late December, an attack severely injured two ninth graders walking home from studying for an exam.

Low morale in Sderot is not just due to the onslaught of rockets, however. Sderot’s problem is largely government inaction. The saying in Sderot is, the government has ceased firing, but the militants across the border have not. The lack of reprisals against the rocket attackers is nothing short of betrayal in Sderot residents’ eyes. Incredibly, they are suing their own government for not defending them.

The most pervasive fallout is mental. Adriana Kat, director of the city’s mental health facility, says her organization is helping “an enormous number” of patients. “Insomnia, depression, inability to work, family squabbles, medication dependency—it is all very serious.” In this city of 24,000, fully 5,000 have checked into this facility.

Residents of Sderot live in constant fear of their lives. Amazingly, this condition was prophesied as a curse against Israel thousands of years ago. God decreed that “terror” would cause “sorrow of heart” for those who turned from His law (Leviticus 26:16). A consistent hail of explosives falling on your city certainly is a curse in itself, but the emotional and mental consequences linger after the shattered glass is replaced and the pitted concrete patched. The ever-looming threat of attack has ripped the hope out of Sderot. Its residents see themselves as outcasts. “If the rockets were falling in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, the army would have found a solution a long time ago,” said one citizen.

Terrorism is living up to its name in Sderot. The terrorists don’t have to kill anyone in order to drain the spirit of their victims. Perpetual fear of attacks coupled with government neglect saps hope. Said Adriana Kat, “The worst thing is that we cannot tell them: ‘Be patient, it will calm down soon’ …. Here, we know that tomorrow will only be worse.”

Does tomorrow only hold more pain for Sderot? The shelling of Sderot may continue through more manmade cease-fires in coming months and years, but the rockets will stop—though not because of Israeli government action. To find out more about the coming times of peace, read our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow.

OPEC Sells the Dollar

OPEC Sells the Dollar

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The nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are selling U.S. Treasuries at the quickest pace in more than three years, according to U.S. Treasury Department data. Concerned analysts predict a dollar sell-off coupled with rising interest rates.

In the three months ending in November 2006, oil-exporting nations including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela sold 9.4 percent of their U.S. government debt—a significant amount, considering these countries own more than $100 billion worth.

Over the past few years, oil producers have become very important dollar supporters, rivaling the United Kingdom, and even China and Japan.

Since most oil is sold in dollars, rising oil prices meant that opec countries’ dollar reserves ballooned. In fact, during 2006 alone, oil producers amassed a whopping $500 million in dollar-denominated savings. Fortunately for Americans, the dollar’s historic role as a stable store of wealth influenced many of the world’s oil exporters to either save those dollars or recycle them into U.S. Treasuries.

However, some economists worry that mounting dollar sales and slowing Treasury purchases indicate the dollar is losing its reputation as a stable reserve currency.

“The dollar has been subjected to a great amount of exchange-rate volatility, and it’s not a good store of value anymore,” said Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate and economics professor at Columbia University in New York. “There will be a significant sell-off.”

In many cases, dollar reserves are being replaced with euros. However, oil-producing nations will likely also “convert some of their reserves into gold,” according to Dorothee Gasser, a Middle East and Africa economist at ing Bank nv in London. Either way, it’s “bearish for the dollar.”

opec members are not the only countries diversifying away from the dollar. Central banks in China, Romania, Italy, Russia, Kuwait and Venezuela have all recently announced intentions to reduce dollar-denominated assets.

Reduced dollar support from China, if felt in its full intensity, would be just about the biggest blow to the dollar imaginable. China is the second-largest holder of U.S. debt and has one of the largest U.S. dollar reserves of any nation. Although China’s central bank has announced its intention to cut its dollar holdings, most analysts do not predict a major dollar sale by China, yet. However, during the first 10 months of 2006, the Chinese central bank did trim purchases of U.S. Treasuries by 1.7 percent.

The bottom line for America is that prolonged dollar sales mean the Federal Reserve will need to keep interest rates high or even increase them to support the dollar—not good news for the economy. Yet if America doesn’t defend the dollar, it runs the risk of angering its many creditors who are loath to see the value of their dollar holdings decrease along with the dollar’s value.

That’s the trouble with debt: You become beholden to your creditors. America is the world’s biggest debtor, and indications are it will soon pay the price.

What Every College Student Needs to Know About Sex

What Every College Student Needs to Know About Sex

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Your school health clinic isn’t telling the whole truth.

Our young people are being lied to. Sold a damnable bill of goods that is wounding them physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Some few, it is killing.

You probably realize that a majority of unmarried college students—80 percent or more in America—are having sex. Almost two thirds of high schoolers have had sex by their senior year; over one in five has had four or more partners by that point.

What you may not realize is how much this sexualized culture is hurting these students. One quarter of sexually active teens contract a sexually transmitted disease. Teenaged girls are over three times more likely to feel depressed a lot, most, or all of the time if they are sexually active, and almost three times more likely to have attempted suicide, according to one study; teenaged boys become eight times more likely to try to kill themselves if they are sexually active.

Other surveys show that sexually active high schoolers are 50 percent more prone to drop out of school and 60 percent more liable to be expelled. They are also half as likely to graduate from college. Even among teens from identical socio-economic backgrounds, sexual activity dramatically hurts academic performance. Sexually active college students, living out the dramas of making and breaking sexual relationships, have lower grade-point averages than their chaste peers, they seek counseling more often and are more apt to consider their relationships stressful.

The risks associated with early sex experience are many, and the younger it begins, the higher the risks. It boosts the probability of unmarried pregnancy and abortion, births and single parenthood, and poverty among mothers and children; the danger of infection by stds is higher not only because of increased exposure but also because of the biological susceptibility of less-mature sex organs. At the same time, early sex experience lowers happiness and decreases the odds of later marital stability.

What makes this tragedy more than merely sad—what makes it truly outrageous and angering—is the fact that these students are, at least in part, acting in ignorance, having been deliberately fed false information that obscures how destructive their behavior really is.

Unscrupulous educators—people more committed to politically correct principles of “sexual freedom” than to protecting our youth—are suppressing solid, scientific evidence, damning facts, that might endanger their own perverse social agendas.

If you are a young person contemplating or having premarital sex, you desperately need the whole truth. If you are an adult who has teens or children off at college, or with friends who have, you owe it to those young people to get these truths into their hands.

Truth is power. As Jesus Christ said, truth can set us free.

The Biology of Bonding

One book that exposes this devastating reality and supplies some of the truths our young people need is Unprotected. It was authored by “Anonymous, m.d.,” an Ivy League-trained psychiatrist working at a prestigious American university, trying to treat the physical and emotional wreckage in the lives of thousands of ace students caused by reckless sexual conduct. She won’t publish her name for fear of censure by colleagues who demand that those in her profession toe the politically correct line.

This book speaks of a hormone called oxytocin that is released in a woman’s body during sexual activity and while nursing a baby. Oxytocin is proven to increase maternal attachment, devotion and trust. In married women and mothers, such effects can be wonderfully beneficial. In college girls, however, the premature release of this hormone can make a young woman emotionally vulnerable as she bonds with and trusts a guy who has no intention of sticking around.

Unprotected’s author says she deals every day with students, particularly women, wounded by the heartache (and other, sometimes quite serious related problems) of failing and failed relationships. Surely these girls need information about their body’s “bonding” hormone in order to make better-informed decisions regarding sex. “Why isn’t oxytocin—likened to a ‘love potion’ by one neuroscientist—part of the vocabulary of our youth …?” she asks.

She answers: “I submit that the notion of being designed to bond is to some an unwelcome finding. It implies that sexual activity, especially in women, might be more complex than, say, working out. It suggests women may be vulnerable, unprotected.” The trouble with that concept is, it runs directly counter to the fallacy—heavily promoted by radical social engineers—that men and women are essentially the same, virtually interchangeable. Is this why the truth about this hormone hasn’t been more widely publicized?

You will never hear this in a school health clinic, but it is beautifully true: The woman who chooses to wait until marriage ensures that this hormone binds her emotionally to just the right individual: the man with whom she plans to spend the rest of her life.

The Myth of “Safer Sex”

Information from official college sources about sexually transmitted diseases runs through a distorting filter.

Consider. First, these pamphlets and websites tend to overpromise on the amount of protection offered by “safer sex” precautions like using prophylactics and “limiting” your number of partners (what does that mean, exactly?). Thus, many students engage in terribly risky behavior and think they’re safe.

At the same time, these materials play down the harmful health costs of stds. And as a result, millions of college students are shocked when they end up with diseases that often have uncomfortable, painful and disgusting effects—and sometimes irreversible consequences like infertility, cancer and death. hpv, a highly contagious infection rapidly spreading on college campuses, afflicts 43 percent of college women getting annual check-ups, according to one study. The American Social Health Association says oneout of twostds occur in people younger than 25.

Many clinicians would have you believe that such diseases are just part of growing up. For example, of hpv, health center pamphlets say, “hpv infection is very common … almost everyone gets hpv at some time. … [H]aving only a single lifetime partner does not assure protection. … [A]nyone who has ever had sexual relations has a high chance of being exposed to this virus … most men and women are infected with hpv at some time in their lives.”

Reassuring as these statements may be, they are misleading at best, false at worst. There are people who need not fear such terrible diseases at all: those who wait until marriage, and marry someone who waits until marriage.

You probably won’t hear this in a school health clinic, but some stds, including the dreaded hiv, almost exclusively affect homosexuals and drug users—not because the virus is politically incorrect, but because it spreads primarily through behaviors engaged in by homosexuals and drug users. That is a proven fact that gets papered over because some people consider it “judgmental,” and because certain powerful segments of society simply refuse to consider curtailing their behavior.

Information about hiv and aids says that everyone is at risk—that no one is safe. Wrong. If you don’t use illegal drugs and don’t sleep with anyone other than the person you marry, you are approximately 100 percent safe. That’s the truth.

Infertility

Also conspicuously absent from these professionals’ health advice is information on how to protect fertility. Apparently they are concerned only with preventing parenthood, not with facilitating it once someone desires it.

Though virtually all women in college plan to have children at some point in their lives, they generally do not hear information about fertility and about planning for children. Professional counselors generally focus instead on helping women overcome “sociocultural indoctrination” (that is, having a desire for anything that might look like a traditional family), encouraging them to put off children so they can aggressively pursue careers.

The problem is, stds aren’t the only thing that can make a person infertile. Age can too. A female doesn’t manufacture new eggs—she is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have. As she ages, so do those eggs. Many women are led to believe they can easily have children into their late 30s, early 40s or even later. But by the time they finally decide they want a baby, many are devastated to discover that—even with the help of expensive drugs and fertilization procedures—it’s a lot harder than they thought. For the great majority of these older women, they physically can’t.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, setting out to write a book about high-achieving women turning age 50, realized in her research that there is a remarkable amount of childlessness among these women. “There is a secret out there, a painful, well-kept secret,” she wrote in what turned out to be the book Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children. “At mid-life, between a third and half of all high-achieving women in America do not have children. … The vast majority of these women did not choose to be childless. Looking back to their early 20s, when they graduated college, only 14 percent said they definitely had not wanted children. … When I talked to these women about children, their sense of loss was palpable. I could see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and sense it in their words.”

Here is something your college clinic won’t tell you about: These high-power professional women wish they could go back and do what society generally ridicules a younger woman for today—foregoing the big career in order to be a wife and mom.

The Trauma That Doesn’t Exist

Unprotected also speaks of another unmentionable problem in today’s universities: the pain—particularly emotional—suffered by women who decide to abort their babies, and even the men who fathered them.

American Psychologist says that “severe negative reactions” to getting an abortion “are rare. … [A]bortion is usually psychologically benign.” Planned Parenthood dismisses abortion trauma as a “non-existent phenomenon” and says most women consider it “a maturing experience.” “Women who have had one abortion do not suffer adverse psychological effects. In fact, as a group, they have higher self-esteem, greater feelings of worth and capableness, and fewer feelings of failure than do women who have had no abortions ….”

Does that even make sense? That a woman would feel better about herself after accidentally getting pregnant and then having the unwanted child evacuated from her body?

A million abortions are performed each year in the United States, over half in women younger than age 25. And the truth is, for many of these women it is very traumatic. A study cited by Planned Parenthood (which it used as proof that “most women do not experience psychological problems or regrets”) indicates that after two years two out of seven women said they felt more harm than benefit from their abortion; almost one in five wouldn’t do it if they could make the choice over again; one in five were depressed; and 1 percent had post-traumatic stress disorder. That last statistic amounts to 10,000 women a year. Support groups attract thousands of them (e.g. afterabortion.com—“This website contains information, help and resources for women dealing with Post Abortion Stress Syndrome. … Regardless of whether your abortion was three weeks ago, three years ago, or 30 years ago, you can find other women who understand, and lots of support”). In some, the pain grows with age rather than subsiding; many experience tremendous sadness, anguish and guilt, and become overwhelmed with emotion over seemingly minor triggers.

Why, then, do young pregnant people who receive professional counseling not hear about these individuals? Why are they encouraged to view murdering a fetus as a simple procedure akin to a tonsillectomy? Because too many feminists and feminist-sympathizers are married to abortion as a political issue. They want no obstacles in the way of women being able to terminate their unwanted babies, and thus flatly reject and ignore the psychological damage it can generate. By putting “the cause” ahead of actual people, they encourage countless youths into making choices with tragic consequences.

The vast majority of abortions are performed as a form of birth control—for people who wanted to enjoy the “recreational” aspects of sex without its responsibilities. Young people should not be lulled into carelessness by false promises regarding abortion. It is not like having a wart removed—it is eliminating the life of a child who exists because of your decision to procreate.

Don’t expect to hear this from your school counselor, but think seriously about it: If you wait to have sex until you are ready for the responsibilities of parenthood, you will never have to face the possibility of having to make such a devastating choice. You will be free to view the conception of a new life as the pure blessing that it is.

Unrealistic?

A lot of people will react angrily to the facts in this article. They don’t like things that repudiate their vision of how society should work and how they should be able to live their lives. They want to disregard the undisputable consequences of the poor choices they have made. But facts are facts—and ignoring these facts simply imperils lives.

Many people also think waiting until marriage is unrealistic—practically impossible—and hence not even worth seriously discussing.

That is ridiculous. I know this because I waited until marriage, and so did my wife. We are free from the emotional, physical and spiritual traumas associated with stds, unwanted pregnancies, abortions or infertility. We have two lovely daughters and are about to have our third child. This is not to say that waiting until marriage guarantees a problem-free life. But the problems associated with sexual looseness are virtually non-existent for anyone who chooses this path. It works.

I also know this because I am an instructor at Herbert W. Armstrong College, a privately funded liberal arts college in Edmond, Oklahoma. The students here date, and date a lot—but they date around; school policy forbids exclusive dating until just before a student graduates; sexual activity is forbidden. This means that these students’ education isn’t befouled by distracting and destructive trysts and dangerous “experimental” behavior. The students are free to develop strong friendships with all different ones; free to enjoy and develop their personalities through regular dates with dozens of people of the opposite sex; absolutely free of the depression, diseases and pressures associated with unmarried sex. As a result, they are happier, more care-free, and better able to concentrate on the education they came here to receive.

This is not boasting—it is merely meant to demonstrate that there exists a real alternative to the half-truths and outright lies being promulgated in the educational world at large. Our young people need the truth.Anyone who avoids unmarried sex will avoid problems and reap wonderful long-term benefits.

And the truth that will truly set you free—in your family and sex life—is an understanding of the real God-ordained purpose for sex and family. This is truly a dimension completely ignored by the “experts” in health and family planning; and it is their ignorance on this subject that leads them to advocate—even in the face of overwhelmingly contrary facts and logic—behaviors that are destroying the very people they have pledged to help.

If you would like this truth—if you would like to understand why God made male and female, marriage, sex and family, if you want to understand how to prepare for marriage and family during your youth, and how to make these things work in your adulthood—then we want to send you a free copy of a book called The Missing Dimension in Sex, by Herbert W. Armstrong. Just request it via e-mail, telephone or letter, and a copy of the book is yours.

It so happens that the way of life free from the troubles we’ve discussed, and that leads to wonderful blessings, is spelled out in the Bible. God tells us to “Flee fornication” (1 Corinthians 6:18), which is all sexual activity before marriage. He forbids adultery (Exodus 20:14), which is all sexual activity outside of marriage. He forbids homosexuality (e.g. Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-27) and bestiality (Exodus 22:19). He does this for our good—to increase our happiness and personal fulfillment! Anyone who believes these laws are “done away” should honestly consider the curses plaguing those who break them.

If you have made mistakes in your life, know that—although at times we may have to live with certain physical consequences—there is no sin too great for God to forgive. If you repent, Christ says to you, as He said to the adulteress in John 8:11: “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The truth is simple and beautiful. We need to cling to that truth in order to remain committed to going against the grain of a society bent on feeding its own lusts. As we do so, that truth will set us free.