June 19, 2007

Christian/Abortion Paradox

#1: Many Christians are against abortion, because an innocent life is executed through no fault of their own.
#2: One of the main goals of many Christians is for as many people to go to heaven one day as possible.
#3: Many Christians believe that aborted babies go to heaven.

So, if the odds of an aborted baby going to heaven are 100% and the odds of that child growing up and trusting in Christ as their savior and redeemer are LESS than 100%, then why the massive outcry about stopping this injustice if the ends are satisfying enough?

UPDATE: So, I knew this was going to be a question that received a lot of flack (that's the point of this site, right), so I also put this question on yahoo answers. you can check out the posts there as well.


email said...

Interesting question. It appears you're not well-appreciated over at Yahoo. :) I think a lot of your responses over there were knee-jerk reactions to a question of which they didn't really get the intent. "Sicko" being one of them. :)

Anyway, I think one of the responders had a good point about trading one soul for more than one, in the case that the mother, doctor, nurses, etc. would theoretically go to hell. No one seemed to make the point that (as far as I am aware) ALL Christians believe in the sanctity of life. And God intended for this child to have a life, so aborting it, even for the purpose of sending it directly to heaven, do not pass go, would be considered wrong.

Anonymous said...

If you are ever desperate for responses, just post on Yahoo Answers. 20 responses in 4 hours or less.

Eric Olsen said...

yeah, except your guys' answers are actually thoughtful.

JMC, I think your "sanctity of life" comment is very insightful.

The first half, however, might slip into the bad assumptions I listed earlier, and the ones that people on the yahoo page jump to, including purgatory and hell for murderers.

Purgatory is an assumption based upon humans trying to figure out a divine conception of time.

The idea that murderers don't get into heaven means that Moses, who wrote the first part of the Bible, David, who was supposedly "God's favorite" and Paul, who wrote a majority of the New Testament letters, don't get in.

The Bible is clear that murder is a sin. The Bible is also clear that everyone sins. The Bible is also clear that there is redemption from sin.

I don't feel very safe making assumptions about the character or nature of God that we can't find Biblical evidence for.

That's why I brought up this abortion paradox today. I wanted to make sure people had consistent reasoning for/against this issue.

Thanks for the thoughts!

email said...

Ah, yes, it does seem I forgot the whole redemption thing. :) Guess I got caught up in the one responder's answer who seemed to actually think about the question, rather than attack you as Satan's minion, and I failed to think it all the way through. Oh, and I've been sick, so there's another excuse. :)

Eric Olsen said...

yes, strangely enough, despite all of the name-calling out of ignorance, i was mildly encouraged by the minority who tended to give the question serious thought. There's hope out there.

Anonymous said...

i have to laugh at how hostile most conservative Christians respond to controversial questions.

i think pastors nationwide need to preach a sermon entitled, "seeking the truth even if means you're wrong."

maybe then people will see that evil lies in apathy even more so than controversial questions.


here's an idea.
what about not being obnoxious little christians and creating massive outcry at the unsaved america's lack of morals and really try to impact the individual's life.

morals for the sake of morals is useless. unless you are living for Jesus Christ there is NO REASON to not be a hedonist and do whatever you please.

what good is saving a baby's life if no one shows him how to save his soul. it's kind of like spending a ton of money on all fairtrade goods when you could just buy cheap, save your money, intentionally give it to someone/some family in particular, and impact one family's life for eternity.

the church needs to Love the individual and not persecute the masses.

but that's just one hippie's opinion.


Eric Olsen said...

boy, for a hippie, you sure make a lot of sense.

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