Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My two cents on a discussion today about Abortion

Hi There ... I just wanted to get some stuff off of my chest ... We had somewhat of a discussion in class today .. about abortion ... there was one girl who got very angry a girl who had said, "abortion is murder" ... and the girl who got angry said in respsonse .. "you believe in God, right? .. well God doesn't judge ... and you shouldn't judge" .... at the end of the class my teacher's assistant said she was catholic and was taught that abortion was wrong, however she was a very pro-choice advocate because she believed that if a person was raped it would seem horrible to have to carry the child of that horrible memory around with them ... I wanted to say something ... but everyone was trying to get their opinnion in ... and all these people I thought were religious and I thought were people of faith .. well .. they determined that it is a person's ... a woman's choice .....

I did not get my two cents in at that time ... but now I want to say what is wrong with this ... it is not a person's choice! It is God's choice! no matter how much a person wants to choose ... and yes ... we are not supposed to judge ... Jesus did say "let him who has no sin cast the first stone" ... however ... Jesus did not say that that adulterous woman in that case was not committing a sin ... in fact, He said ..."go and sin no more" ... he did not say that what she had done did not count as real sin because of circumstances ..but He did forgive her sin ... and he did want the people around who were going to stone her acknowledge that they were all sinners .. but they were judging her as if their sin was not as bad as her sin or something .... (then again there is a whole thing about her sin being sexual ... so in some ways it actually is worse) ... however ... what the point is .. and something that I actually had to learn as I grew up in the faith too ... is that "all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God" ... and "the wages of sin is death" ... no matter if our sin is being involved in a gang and maliciously raping and robbing and physically killing or beating people up ... or whether we've gone to church our whole lives ... and maybe the sin we have to deal with may even be worse ... because maybe our sin is pride ... maybe we like Lucifer .. think we are holier than thou ... and do not even realize it ... and so ... THIS ... is what it means not to judge .... we should not judge people ... and we should not judge whether a person is doing the best they can or not when it comes to trying to live a good life ... but should we judge an obvious predicament that hundreds of women find themselves in every day ... and try to find out what the right thing is to do ... so that first of all....the woman can find the right thing to do so she will not suffer the concequences of a bad decision .... and secondly ... so we can figure out what exactly God's word says ... so God's Word can be followed so He can be glorified by being obeyed.

In actually  .. it should be first ... to glorify God .. and then secondly  .. so that the mother will be saved from making a bad decision ..  but when talking to people who are not Christians .. I find that these are reversed .. because the 'to glorify God' argument just doesn't work for them .. because they don't believe in God .. however ... the second argument .. the good of the mother ... is really interesting  .. because in the long run "all things work together for good for those who love [God] and keep [God's] commandments ... one of my favorite teachers at Bible college said"God doesn't give us rules to make life harder and annoying ... He gives us rules so that we don't get hurt ... because he loves us" ... it's like (also from that same teacher)   God says "hey  ... stop hitting yourselves with bricks"   I mean we can keep on ignoring God  .. and deciding to continue hitting ourselves with bricks if we want to  .. but that would just be really stupid ... wouldn't it be better to listen to someone who loves us an knows what's best for us ...   

This is how I see it  ..... it is a very very very large assumption  .. as far as I am concerned that having an abortion after you are raped will help with coping with the traumatic event ..... as far as I am concerned .. if you are raped ... and God blesses you with a child from that .. well then .. God has faith in you that you will be strong enough to deal with the raising of this child ... and not only that  .. but God says "all things work for good for those who love Me and keep My commandments" ... and so  .. God does not give us hard things in our life to hurt us .. but to teach us things and to bless us in ways what we may not realize until much later down the road"  If God wanted to decide not to give a person a child with a perosn who raped her ... God may be blessing that person by not giving them a child ...but if does give her a child by the rapist .. well then ... God has a reason for doing this ... we do not know the reason .. and it may be very very very hard at first .. but there is a reason .. and to trust God is to trust Him completely .. just as Abraham trusted God with his only son.  If we go against God's word because it doesn't make sense to us in the moment, then we won't be able to get the benefit of what He was trying to bless us with. 

Practically speaking, studies have been shown about the tremendously devastating psychological effects that happen to women after they have had an abortion ... Something is definitely telling their psychie that something terribly wrong has happened .. and more than that .. it has also been shown that many mothers are comforted and helped in their recovery by the blessing of a child in the months and years after a rape has occurred.  The ability to produce good from something horribly painful and evil .. is very important to the healing process of many mothers.  As for the "they won't be born into a good life" argument ... that does not hold because first, there is adoption ... and secondly,  no one knows what God's plan is for a child being brought into the world ... How many children are brought into the world in to a poor-as-dirt family  .. and even in a bad situation  .. and go on to do great things. ...  Leonardo Da Vinci was a bastard and shunned .. Charles Dickens grew up dirt poor, and Mozart died dirt poor with out enough money to be buried ... It part of the human condition to be born in to misery and sinfulness .. and being born into difficult situations is how I believe God creates people who will grow up to do something about changing these conditions.  God's ways are higher than our ways .. and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  What we may see as a child who would have been better off not being alive at all .. God sees as a person who sees another side of life, a child who grows up with humility, insight, and wisdom about life, and a child that will be that much stronger coming out of that situation when he or she grows up. 

We do not have the right to make choices about human life and death .. only God does .. but God is full of love, mercy, and grace .. and if we do what is right no matter how difficult it is .. He will not abandon us .. God will make a way .. when there is no other way. 

Thanks for listening
God Bless You,
- Creation Chick