The Irony of Pro-Life Christians
Few debates are as divisive and heated as the debate over abortion. Back when I was a Christian, and for a short time after, I held a pro-life view though eventually I came to see abortion as a necessary, if still unfortunate, reality of being part of a species that cannot fully control it's own sexual reproductive urges (and that I had no right telling a woman what she could and could not do with her body). Rather than discuss the actual issue however I am going to discuss the irony of Christians who call themselves pro-life and why this extremist view clashes harshly with the realities of Christian scripture and Christian history.
Along with the war against abortion certain fringes of the Christian faith have also begun attacking birth control. The idea that sexual union can take place without the chance of a pregnancy is apparently denying God the right to give life. God is, in this view, nothing more than a Cosmic stork, or perhaps a Universal Jedi guiding your sperm spiritually to the thermal exhaust port that is only two meters wide.
The idea that human beings might not be able to afford another child due to financial pressure, or simply that a family might not want another child, is apparently lost on God. God created us to be fruitful and multiply and some Christians take this so seriously that anything but good-ol'-fashion unprotected intercourse is forbidden.
Of course to sane Christians this is, well, insane, but then so is the view that once the sperm reaches the egg and forms a zygote that it becomes magical. Why does it become magical? Because the zygote is then infused with a spirit or soul and becomes, in the minds of pro-lifers, a full on PERSON. Even before the first cell division is underway, and way way before any brain-function begins, we apparently have ourselves a person. If something were to happen during pregnancy the soul would just be returned to sender unsuccessful leaving the child's purpose unfulfilled. Of course if any miscarriages happen naturally (which many many do) that's obviously God's will.
And He Taketh Away
God kills lot's of people. In the view of some Christians God has appointed every human being on Earth a time to die. This includes some folks who die before they can be born of perfectly natural causes, so one has to wonder why God even bothered. If indeed every sperm is a spirit guided missile designed to create life and God indeed does decide when a woman will get pregnant than God must be thwarting his own work with natural miscarriages. This whole business is, if you think about it, pretty fucked up.
The irony however comes from the idea that life is sacred and that life begins at conception. If life is so precious and sacred than why would Christians kill for God? What's that you say? Christians WOULDN'T kill for God? I think they would. What's that you're asking, God WOULDN'T demand Christians kill anyone?
For those asking those questions I have a question of my own, Have you read the Bible at all? God commands and commits horrifying acts all throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament right up to Revelation. For those Christians who believe that being under the so-called New Covenant exempts them from having to commit murder when their lord commands may I remind them that the scripture also says that God is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER. There is no new characteristic for God that prevents him from commanding killing. Even on the Cross Jesus alludes to the fact that if he felt like it he could call down an entire Angelic legion to wreck the Romans and get him the hell out of there.
Even if God doesn't directly command the killings Christianity's history is absolutely stuffed full of war, death, and forced assimilation of other cultures. You might argue that the Inquisitions were not commanded by God but they were carried out in his name, same for the Crusades.
The irony is that for folks that claim to be all about life the truth of Christianity and it's teachings hardly supports your beliefs regarding abortion. God commands the deaths of children, and God carries out the killings of the unborn. Your God drowned everyone, the innocent and guilty alike, in a horrific flood, this included any unborn children as well.
Death, and Taxes
At it's root Christianity is a death-cult. It surrounds a Martyr, after all, who was deified by his followers and whose sacrifice, they believe, brought the entire world a chance for eternal paradise. In order to gain the benefit that Christianity offers you must follow Jesus, to your grave. Your eternal reward isn't gained until you've accepted Christ, repented and died. In fact the connection to death is so powerful that most sects of Christianity make suicide a SIN to prevent desperate folks from just putting a gun to their head to get to Heaven or drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid.
The Old and New Testament are replete with death, genocide, slavery, destruction and all manner of horror. The authors in the New Testament refer to the metaphor of dying to yourself in order to be reborn in Christ and while this can be seen as a metaphor there is no doubt that getting to the actual Kingdom of God required you to be literally dead. Jesus even leads his disciples in a ritual of mock cannibalism where they pretend to feast on his flesh and drink his blood and amazingly, in the twenty-first century, this tradition still exists in many churches.
With all the death their God and their religion have commanded, condoned and committed, and the fact that their entire religion is based on the brutal execution of an innocent man, it is amazing that any Christian can oppose abortion with a straight-face. If anything those souls that are aborted go straight to Heaven right? Why on Earth would parents want to let their child ever be born? After all being born means being born into sin, and that means the chance of going to Hell. Without being born there is NO chance for the soul to go to Hell. So mass abortion isn't necessarily a bad thing then if Christianity is taken at face value.
Ironically many in the Christian right aren't just opposed to abortion they are actually pro-death penalty. They will protect the rights of a fetus, but abandon anyone found guilty. These seems utterly strange, to protect the unborn with venom and fury but support with similar fervor the killing of another human being. Surely the soul of a murderer is still in play? I thought that they believed that life was sacred and that only God could decide the appointed time that someone could be born or die - our use of birth control or abortion were somehow mucking up God's will and that all human life was precious to God and had to be defended.
No, apparently once you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to death some Christians revoke compassion. Sure they'll visit you before your execution, to make sure you convert to their way of thinking, but as far as actually caring about your mortal life, eh, not so much.
Life isn't what is sacred to these people, PRE-LIFE is, having control over your sexual tendencies is their goal here. They want to promote a world-view where sex is only between a man and a woman and is only allowed when procreation is a primary goal.
Believe what you will about abortion, have whatever position on the issue that you feel is right, but whatever you do do not be as detached from reality as the insane fringe Christians who promote these ideas. They are confused not only about abortion itself but about their own mythology and scripture which, rather than condemning killing, often approves of it in various forms. These folks serve a God who has aborted more fetuses than human doctors ever could and who, often times, let's those children that do successfully make it into this world starve to death or die of diseases.
There are children born addicted to drugs, with horrible deformities, with AIDS, with -insert terrible condition here-. Is this all God's will, God's brilliant plan, God's undeniable command - Be fruitful and multiply? But then who is to say that ABORTION isn't part of God's plan? Who is to say he is not planting the idea to abort fetuses into the minds of various women who's zygote's have souls that he would like to have back and who he feels are not ready for or in need of any (more) children.
I leave you Christians with the mercy of your God in 2nd Samuel 12:
“Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
On the seventh day the child died...”