Like most things, evangelicals don’t think too deeply on issues they claim to be passionate about, like abortion.
17For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?”(Romans 9:17-22)
11″In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.“(Ephesians 1:11,12, see also Jn. 1:12,13, Col. 3:12; cf. 1 Cor. 1:27; 1 Thess. 1:4,5, 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:9,10; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; 2:9; 5:13; Rev. 17:14).
2″for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.”(Deuteronomy 14:2)
The above passages are foundational to the doctrine of election and have their roots in the ancient Israelite idea of “God’s chosen people.” The main tension with this idea is it overrides free will and in the case of Israel’s being singled out among all nations is sectarian. Because Christianity was originally rooted in Judaism, the transference of this concept was natural. After Gentile inclusion, they too were “grafted into” this ideal.
17If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root…” (Romans 11:17)
48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.“(Acts 13:48)
Let’s put on our theologian cap for a moment. Election or predestination is a core Christian doctrine. Let’s face it, Arminianism is absurd in a world where culture determines religion. Theoretically, is it plausible God would send someone to hell for being born in Riyadh instead of Grand Rapids? Or that someone would go to hell for the failure of evangelicals to evangelize as commanded (Evangelicals rarely evangelize despite claiming the gospel of Jesus is vital to one’s eternal salvation. Go figure.)
So now let’s consider the fetuses/children who are aborted. Presumably they are from non evangelical parents, right? (If not, we have a bigger problem). Second, the chances that child would have grown up and become a born-again evangelical Christian are remote. The overwhelming majority of evangelicals are from evangelical homes. Therefore, these aborted babies are guaranteed a place in heaven which the otherwise would not have received. Problem solved. Abortion guarantees salvation!
4″For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”(Ephesians 1:4,5)
But what about the doctrine of sovereign election which states, God had determined who will be, and conversely won’t be, his children in eternity past. But that means he already knew Adam would fall and the world would need Jesus, so he had a contingency plan in place. So did Jesus know he was going to one day suffer and die since eternity? When exactly did Jesus know about his “future” death?
According to Paul in Ephesians, God’s original pre-creation plan assumed the fall of mankind and death of his eternal son. God foreknew every “Christian” who would come to Jesus before the earth was formed. Therefore he knew his chosen people would reject their Messiah and be punished for two thousand years (and counting) for this act which like Pharaoh, he orchestrated by “hardening their hearts.” That is a big theological meatball.
Back to predestination. Does the age of innocence override election? In other words, if a child is aborted or dies before it reaches an age of accountability, is it saved? Why then has the church practiced infant baptism since the second century? It is still more widely practiced than believers baptism.
Very few evangelicals would argue aborted fetuses go directly to hell unless elected by God. By this weird atheological logic, heaven is teeming with children who were aborted who might otherwise be suffering through the ravages of hell fire. Or, if you’re an Arminianist, they are in heaven because they never had a chance to exercise their “free will” so they get an automatic pass.
I wrote an extensive article on “the Bible and Abortion” which clearly shows if anything the ancient Israelites advocated an unborn fetus was not equal to human life since its death required property payment not life payment vise a vie “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Furthermore, there are multiple examples throughout Israel’s historical narrative where God or his divinely appointed rulers slaughtered “innocent” babies, infants and children indiscriminately. It would be hard to prove God loves all the little children from these accounts!
In actuality, all this is hypothetical speculation since there is no God as defined in the Bible and therefore no divine mandate either way. It is up to science and common sense to dictate society’s position on terminating a pregnancy.
By the way, why don’t evangelicals aggressively petition for preserving the life of someone who due to head trauma has no functioning brain waves (aka. vegetative state)? Medical science tells us an unborn fetus spends roughly two thirds of its “life” devoid of independent brain waves, so are the two not synonymous? In the case of a person outside the womb, they have had part of a life already. Logic would suggest they deserve to be kept alive as well. But we don’t because they will never recover unlike a fetus which has the potential to achieve personhood which is why abortions are restricted to the first two trimesters.
What about about pregnancies which are terminated naturally? Are those fetuses in heaven? If so, at what “age” are they? Having no life experience, education or physical development, what will they look and act like? Can they talk and walk? This what you call opening a big can of worms, so let’s open it.
Obviously there can be no hierarchy in heaven. There can be no disparity in intelligence, emotional maturity, aptitude anything else for all eternity. So how does a Christian physicist relate to a Christian two year old? Does everyone get an intellectual “boost” in heaven so all are at their full potential even if they never reached it on earth? Are entertainers, athletes and actors treated as such or do we ignore their stardom in heaven? What about a twin who dies as a child while his brother dies of old age? How do they relate? What about a person who is the only one of his or her family who gets to heaven. Do they have the awareness of the pain and torment their parents and siblings are enduring throughout eternity? Does everyone have the same basic personality they had on earth or are they purified in heaven? Is an eight year old at the same developmental stage throughout eternity? How do parents relate to their children? Nothing about heaven makes common sense, nothing!
As I said, this is all just hypothetical conjecture of a religion invented by men after Jesus failed to flex a single messianic muscle. The Jews realized he was an impostor and rejected him after the first century. Paul, however, in an act which could only be described as a desperate attempt to salvage his own religious career, re-invented the gospel. He stripped it of its Judaistic requirements and offered it “law free” to Gentiles who were only too eager to take advantage of this deal. They were suddenly allowed to participate in the ancient promises without having to conform to the law or be circumcised. It was an easy sell.
9″But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”(1 Peter 2:9,10)
There is no heaven and there is no hell. Christians have been trading on this myth and trafficking in fear of death and the afterlife from the start. Being “chosen by God” was supposed to result in a life of holiness. Sadly, today’s believers show no signs of eternal gratitude towards the God who selected them from among all others.
I realize this is a post about abortion and election but the rampant hypocrisy among evangelicals fits perfectly with this topic.
If evangelicals were the moral beacons of society they are called to be, society might be inclined to listen to them. However, it is no secret, evangelicals represent the worst of society by preaching a standard they themselves are unwilling to live up to. They pick and choose their moral causes in a way that inconveniences them least. They focus on changing others lives while ignoring explicit teachings in their own Bibles of how they should live.
15″But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”(1 Peter 1:15)
Holiness is the quintessential mark of a true believer, anything less is evidence of an unregenerate life.
16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”(Matthew 7:16-18)