Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

November 4, 2012

Rape Pregnancy NOT God’s Intention

Filed under: Biblical/spiritual, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 11:11 pm

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recently said that pregnancy resulting from rape is “what God intended.” Baloney! To believe such nonsense is naive, at best. To speak such nonsense while running for Senate is idiotic and will likely result in a lost race. Unfortunately, many Christians agree with him.

Let’s consider this position. Mourdock’s belief implies that God is intimately involved in the conception of every human embryo, and without this divine involvement, conception would not occur. Therefore, every human child is a direct result of divine causation. If this is so, then every child born with a disease or birth defects or fetal alcohol syndrome or HIV or cancer was made so by God himself. Also, every still-born child is so by the will of God, as is every miscarriage, etc. What a cruel and sadistic God this would be.

Let’s also consider that, if Mourdock’s belief is true, then God – whom the Bible says is a “jealous God” – also purposely gives billions of children to people who have little or no faith or who believe in other gods and hold beliefs that are diametrically opposed to Judeo/Christian doctrine.

Moreover, it follows that such a God purposely gives children to parents who have no means (and sometimes no desire) to provide or care for them. Other children are given by divine will to sick, demented, evil people who will eventually abuse and molest them or allow others to do so.

Regardless of which faith one holds, it is difficult to believe that any deity would willfully and purposely create human beings under such circumstances. It is much more reasonable to recognize human reproduction as a natural process of physical and chemical reactions that were set in motion in the beginning (by God, of you’re so inclined), and which runs on without any further intervention. Therefore, pregnancies resulting from rape or affected by disease are merely unfortunate consequences of the human condition, not the cruel intentions of a careless deity.

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June 11, 2008

Embrace the Mystery

I have just read an article in the May/June 2008 issue of Outreach in which a former New Testament scholar and pastor describes his departure from Christian faith to agnosticism.  Apparently, his breaking point was his inability “to reconcile all the pain and misery in the world with the belief that there is a God in charge of it.”  It’s a sad story.  A Christian turning to agnosticism doesn’t indicate a failure of one’s faith, but rather his failure to exercise faith.  It’s not that Christianity isn’t up to the challenge, but that some believers give up in the face of the challenge.

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).  In order to succeed and persevere in the Christian faith, one must embrace the mystery of it all.  The believer must be willing to admit and accept that some things may never be understood during our earthly existence.  This does not deny the validity of curiosity and reasoned inquiry, i.e. the search for truth.  Jesus himself said that the Holy Spirit would guide believers in truth (John 16:13).  Indeed, there are some very reasonable and biblically sound theories for why God allows so much pain and misery in the world.  However, the Bible nowhere states or implies that believers would be given understanding of all things.  On the contrary, we are admonished to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).

 

Many are the times my own faith has been challenged by circumstances and difficult philosophical questions, yet it remains strong.  The reason for this is largely due to the reality of my relationship and experience with God.  I have personally experienced and witnessed in others the genuine presence and grace of the living God, confirmed and validated by the Bible, enough that I cannot deny the reality of his existence.  There have been times when, for various reasons, I have contemplated giving up my faith in Jesus Christ, the church and his people, but I always come back to the landmark experiences of divine visitation and intervention in my life and the lives of people I have known.  If my faith were based on the biblical text alone, I may have given up by now.  But because my knowledge of God’s word has been confirmed by my experience with God himself, I cannot cease to believe in him.  And, if God is real, then he is also in control and he is much smarter and wiser than I; therefore, I will continue to trust him even when I don’t understand why certain things are allowed to happen, or when questions remain unanswered.  

 

I truly hope the man mentioned above will soon realize his error and return to faith in Jesus Christ.  I hope he will go beyond intellectual agreement with the Bible to find a genuine personal relationship with its divine author and learn to trust him with the mysteries of this life. 

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