God intends rape and abuse?
I am a 54 year old white male. Graduated from a prominent Christian college in the south and have worked in the business world all my life. I believe the Bible is the word of God and that God sent his son Jesus to this earth to redeem mankind from sin and death. I assume I am like all Christians and have had to deal with and seek God on the subject of abortion.
Today Richard Mourdock (R) Indiana came out and said “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a gift from god and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen,” said Mourdock.”
Rape is Evil
I am amazed at what kind of thought process it takes to arrive at this conclusion. Mr Mourdock’s statement is saying that God somehow intended for the rape to happen. There is no scriptural basis for this. Does God intend for abuse too? Rape is abuse and abuse is rape. There are several instances in the Bible where bad things happened to people and it was not God’s intention for it to happen. This line of thought is just so inconsistent with logic and scripture, its just nonsense. But, the right wing extremists love this kind of talk, especially when the name of God is brought into the conversation.
Mr Mourdock’s statement is referring to God’s intentions, regarding rape. I would like to make a few comments regarding abortion, as pregnancy sometimes result in rape.
#1. The Bible talks about the age of accountability, which basically says: That if a person/child dies before the age of accountability that person/child would go to heaven. The age of accountability is a age where a person/child has the conscience ability to choose Jesus Christ as their personal savior. So according to the Bible, if a child is aborted (they have not reached the age of accountability ), the child would go straight to God’s presence in heaven. I understand that anti-abortionists say they are fighting for the rights of the unborn child. But according to the Bible, God has already fought that fight and made provisions for a child if they die before they are born. The Bible says a aborted child goes straight to God’s presence in heaven and does not come into this world with all its trials and tribulations. Why do extreme right wing people want to keep this conflicting issue still alive?
The one passage that seems to identify with this topic more than any other is 2 Samuel 12:21-23. The context of these verses is that King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, with a resulting pregnancy. The prophet Nathan was sent by the Lord to inform David that because of his sin, the Lord would take the child in death. David responded to this by grieving, mourning, and praying for the child. But once the child was taken, David’s mourning ended. David’s servants were surprised to hear this. They said to King David, “What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” David’s response was, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” David’s response indicates that those who cannot believe are safe in the Lord. David said that he could go to the child, but that he could not bring the child back to him. Also, and just as important, David seemed to be comforted over this. In other words, David seemed to be saying that he would see the child (in heaven), though he could not bring him back.
#2. The other side of the abortion issue: is the “sin of the act of abortion”. The Bible says” let everyone work out their own salvation.” The Bible also says “judge not that you be not judged “. “let him who has no sin cast the first stone”. Abortion is emotional, personal and something between the person and God ( and their doctor). Where do Politicians, or anybody else for that matter, feel it is their responsibility to judge , condemn or try to govern this aspect of a woman’s life? Let the person having the abortion work out their own salvation. Maybe if extreme right wing politicans would stop yelling about it so much, tGhe person having the abortion might be able to hear what God is saying.
#3. These right wing extreme Politicians who think they are suppose to govern this are the same politicians who are voting and condoning war. War is killing people who are already here on this earth, some of which who may not have made a decision to accept Christ yet. Isn’t there a hugh irony and hypocrisy here? Extreme right wing politicans want to condemn a woman for her decisions, yet we go to war and kill people. War is so terrible and yet some politicians encourage it. And those very politicians are the extreme right wing people who want to point a finger and condemn someone, who is a child of God working out their own salvation. Its illogical and contrdictory.
#4. I do not believe in abortion, but I also do not believe that it is my right to impose my beliefs on someone else. When we as a nation or as a people try to govern this or regulate it, we end up with these hugh conflicts that go on for years and years. Then these conflicts produce these extreme right wing thoughts such as the one from Mr Mourdock. Mr Mourodock has come to the conclusion that God intends for rape to happen. Mr Todd Akin’s thought process brought him to the conclusion “that ifs its a legitimate rape….the woman’s body has a way to shut the whole thing down” Extreem right wing people love this kind of talk because God Almighty is always added to the conversation.
Old white grey haired man Todd Atkin talking about God and women’s bodies. ”if its a legitimate rape the women’s body has a way of shutting that whole thing down”. With that line of “reasoning”, why doesn’t Atkin use God and mens bodies as an example ” ifs its a legitimate rape, wouldn’t the rapist body not be able to get it up?
God made us to be free will agents/beings. What gives us the right to take away someone else’s right to make a decision regarding their life, health and body? Is it wrong for pro-choice people to accept the beliefs of pro-life people ? Is it wrong for the pro-life people to accept the beliefs of pro-choice people ? Didn’t we as a nation, settle this with Roe v. Wade ? What is the point of continuing to stir up this conflict. Or is it extreme right wing politicians just stirring the pot for votes ?
The extreem right wing thinking of this country needs to sit back and listen to what they are saying. If they are gonna bring God Almighty into the discussion then they should see what he has to say about it and not pick out a few convenient scriptures to quote.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.