Slavery, Christianity and Abortion

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I think it has been forgotten that the abolition of slavery was brought about almost exclusively by Christians and while Christians may have many spots in their historical past the abolition of slavery is not one of them. When you think about it, the abolition of slavery was a miraculous event. Every country that utilized slavery benefited enormously from it economically. That it could be eradicated throughout the majority of the world when it did benefit so many is a major miracle. How was this achieved? In fact, one person commented that in Britain the abolition of slavery was the equivalent of econocide (and yes I know that's not a real word). Furthermore, looking at Britain's economy today one might assume that he was right.

The abolition of slavery was brought about through the constant reminders by Christians that slavery was against the will of God, that the institution of slavery, as practiced in recent history, could not be justified against the word of God which states that God is no respecter of persons and to do unto others as you would have done to you. This constant barrage against the conscience of the people finally enabled slavery to be outlawed in Britain. The colonies took a little longer and with the violence of the civil war finally outlawed slavery.

In my opinion, it was the irreconcilable values of Christianity with slavery that enabled slavery to be overturned. The same is true of abortion.

The argument that fetuses are not living human beings has all but been put to death thanks to modern medical science. We can now look at these babies in the womb and see that they are living beings that when threatened will actually recoil in a futile attempt to save their own lives. And as far as I know, nothing but human beings are birthed by human beings!

The argument that the child is simply part of the mothers body really doesn't hold weight either since that may provide the mother with 4 eyes, two blood types and a penis. It is quite evident that the child is separate from the mother's own body but simply residing in her body for a short time.

As with slavery, abortion is an act that is completely selfish and self-serving (on the face of it). The mother doesn't want to carry a child for 9 months, or what really may only be 7 months because she usually doesn't find out she is pregnant for a month or two. She has the option of adoption but may consider it to shameful to carry the child, so she aborts him or her.

The case against abortion is the same as with slavery, God is no respecter of persons and therefore all human beings are made in his image and do unto others as you would have done to yourself, in other words, you would not want to be murdered, therefore do not murder.

As with slavery abortion is a lucrative trade, paid for either privately or publicly, giving no reason to abolish it other than it is wrong.

Moreover, as with all sin, there is a price to pay personally as well as nationally. With slavery that price has been strained race relations, poverty and crime. Abortion has eradicated over 53 million persons since Roe v. Wade in America alone. Who can say what the economic impact of all those people would have been. 53 million tax payers alone might have made a huge difference in social security alone, as it is now we can no longer fund this one program.

However, personally I can't help wondering about all the women out there who had abortions and then never had children. I can't help wondering because I had a child out of wedlock and he has been my greatest source of joy. I wonder if the real price of abortion is incredible loneliness and regret.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Brie, thank you for great hub you wrote. I do appreciate it. America brought to world freedom and equality. There is more to be done.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, it's too bad America has lost her way.

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darrinintheden 6 years ago from Edson, Alberta

very well said, great hub, if slavery can be done with, can we as Christians move our governments to abolish abortion?

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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

Brie you are right counselors have many women that they have to counsel because of guilt over have aborted a baby. It hangs like a spectre over them. Wonderful hub. You know my two wonderful children that Julie-Ann and I adopted. They were the greatest blessing. Each of them could have been aborted but the Lord moved in those women's hearts to save their children. I think of them often and every time I do I pray that they are being blessed. Thank you Brie. Love ya. Bob.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Darrinintheden: There is hope because slavery was a very difficult institution to overcome for some of the reasons stated.

No body: Thanks, I'm so glad for you. I too think of my son and I think of all of the other children out there that should have been born, they are with God now.

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Marquis 6 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

Darrinintheden, abortion at one time was illegal within all states. However, the liberals, the ones who were mostly feminists, attacked the laws of the American nation.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great topic! Good job!

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting Michael Shane!

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Please don't put links to other sites on my hubpage.

Justcallmeleroy 6 years ago

Brie, Thank you for the Hub on Abortion we need more and more we as a Country should be ashamed we let the Evil one use people to pass laws to make abortion legal. Check a few of mine to see what our President has done in Illinois. God Bless you for your stand. I always Pray for the Women who were deceived and also for the ones who use it as birth control. Jesus Loves them all. He is so Merciful to forgive. Amen

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting Justcallmeleroy, I will check out your blogs as soon as I can.

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slcockerham 4 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Good article Brie, thank you for a difficult stand on a controversial subject! There's always a price to pay. The roots of racism, genocide, and evolution are seen in Margaret Sanger's comments on abortion.

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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Slcockerham..yes they are, and so many people are unaware of it. Thanks for commenting.

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SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I am of the persuasion that slavery was abolished because it became economically unviable, not because of some moral (or religious) epiphany

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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

Since when would "free labor" become economically unviable?

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SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Slavery was a business, it cost money to build ships & to move people around etc. and you must spend money to make money. When the costs started to rise it started to become economically unviable and this was the main reason it ended, of course not many people like to acknowledge this!

It was a two birds with one stone situation. They could close a business which was failing and score a moral victory.

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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

Umm..slaves reproduce, at the end of slavery they didn't even need to bring more over, they had enough to simply reproduce them. The end of slavery was most definitely a moral victory.

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SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Keeping (for lack of a better word) slaves, like prisoners is expensive. With the introduction of mechanisation the need for forced labour was reduced and slavery started to become less economically viable.

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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

Really, this doesn't hold water if you ask me. In the U.S. we have the largest prison population in the world and we use that population for prison labor..most of these prisoners are black. If you ask me we still have slaves and it still benefits corporations, which is quite unfortunate. Therefore, I stand by my opinion that institutionalized slavery was stamped out through a moral power. But like I said we still have a form of it in our prison system today.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

You brought up some really good points. I pray for the day when legalized abortion is no longer in the United States. Voted up and shared.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

When I watch women old enough to be grandmothers jump up and down and scream for the right to kill babies I have to wonder what happened to the world I thought I lived in? It is repulsive and they get so violent over it and still they are allowed to dig these human formed beings out of their wombs in flesh and blood pieces. God have mercy on their souls.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "Ologsinquito" I appreciate that.

Jackie, I wonder too. I think it's demonic.

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blueheron 2 years ago from Odessa, MO

I am really torn on this issue. I feel that abortion is wrong. Yet I also fell that the underlying issue that should be addressed is that childbearing is punished. Having a child should not destroy a young woman's future. I often frequent very conservative websites and forums, in which many posters (often male) affirm that motherhood is the most important job in the world and decry the disappearance of the stay-at-home mom--and wonder why she is vanishing.

Duh. "The most important job in the world" is uncompensated.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

If a woman doesn't want to be a mother, there are myriads of people who would take her baby in adoption in this country.

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