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Friday, November 15, 2013

Should Christians Support Abortion Because Aborted Babies Go to Heaven?

This is a rather barbaric argument that I occasionally come across from a pro-choice person who wants to score rhetorical points against a pro-life person. The statement, of course, would only work against a pro-life person who believes in Heaven. The argument goes like this: Babies go to Heaven. The unborn are babies. So we should allow abortion because it sends them directly to Heaven, rather than letting them grow up and risk going to Hell? The argument is obviously made by someone who has absolutely no understanding of Christian theology.

I'll never understand the mindset of some pro-choice people. This argument is as bad, if not worse, as the argument that says because unborn children die naturally we can justify killing them intentionally.

I do believe that unborn children go to Heaven. I believe that God is a merciful God, and will not hold someone accountable for their sins if they commit sins before they can understand what they are doing. And when David lost his seven-day-old son after an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, he was confident that he would see his son again. But the problem is I am not confident enough to stake a child's eternal destination on it. What if the Calvinists are right, and unborn babies who are not elect will go to Hell? Then you could argue that there's nothing you could do about it anyway, but then you're doing them a harm because you're actually speeding their journey to Hell. Now, I don't believe that the Calvinists are correct. I believe that God has given us free will, and while God is the one who saves us, he doesn't force anyone to go to Heaven or Hell. He is a just God, and if one is not responsible for his actions, then it would be unjust to punish or reward them for actions they had no control over.

On top of that, the Bible never gives us permission to kill someone to speed their journey along to Heaven. I also don't believe we can lose our salvation, but what if I'm wrong about that, too? What if Christians can, in fact, fall away? Maybe we should kill them once they convert so that they go right to Heaven, rather than allowing them to live and risk them falling away. That's equally ridiculous. God has given us a command not to murder because murder is morally reprehensible, and that includes the ridiculous excuse that you're killing someone to get them to Heaven faster. Plus, God has created this world, and he has given us this world to enjoy it. God expects us to enjoy this world before we get to Heaven. And we are to remain here so that we can continue the work of evangelism to bring more people to Christ.

In short, this is just an inane argument. We are not justified in taking an innocent person's life. If this is the best a pro-choice person can do to argue for abortion, their position is on shaky ground, indeed.

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