If abortion is so bad, why has Almighty God failed to stop it?
You might want to think about it again. This is an important idea.
Below is the full quote:
“It has been estimated that 50 percent of all human conceptions end in spontaneous abortion, usually without a woman even realizing she is pregnant. In fact, 20% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. There is an obvious truth here that calls for recognition: If God exists, he is the most prolific abortionist of all.
The point is, the idea that God condemns abortion makes no sense, in the sense that if he is all-powerful and could easily by divine decree not induce any abortion anywhere at any time – spontaneous or otherwise – why wouldn’t he do it? Why leave such a decision to human beings, who as he created them are largely unable to adhere to this edict? Would you like a mere mortal?
In the meantime, over the course of the world’s long history, it is fair to say that God has presided over – arguably caused – each of the billions of spontaneous, intentional and even accidental abortions that have occurred. In a divinely administered universe, Scripture tells us, nothing come.
So what are we to believe that God gives Himself a special dispensation to be safe from His own judgment by violating the moral imperatives He Himself created? But are humans to be humiliated, killed and avoided for the same behavior on a much smaller scale? What about his own personal responsibility for the moral order he has established?
As I said (and the Harris quote points out), it just doesn’t make sense.
This is one of the endless cases where the divine is allowed to escape responsibility for things for which humans are ruthlessly (and irrationally) punished. in his name.
If you take God out of the equation, the moral and ethical issues surrounding abortion end up in a whole different material (i.e. not divine) the context. Decisions about what is right or wrong should be based entirely on real world contexts – the stage of fetal development, any threats a fetus might pose to the health of its mother, the secular laws in place for it. abortion in various cultures, etc. – not what can be written in ancient texts arbitrarily judged “holy”.
Some of these considerations exist today, such as in the laws of some states allowing abortions in cases of fetal danger to the health of the mother, pregnancy through rape and incest, etc., but the overriding value seems to be the idea. than all life (at all stages) is sacrosanct.
It’s similar to how experimental smallpox vaccinations in colonial America were viewed: a blasphemous usurpation of God’s will and jurisdiction. But when a Boston doctor, Zabdiel Boylston, vaccinated himself, his family and 180 others, the vast majority of them survived the town’s smallpox epidemic of 1721 which sickened 5,889 Bostonians and killed 844.
The Reverend Cotton Mather, a prominent Boston clergyman, unpopularly supported vaccinations despite vehement opposition from most Christian leaders. According to an article online from Harvard Library’s Curiosity Collection, many Christians have found themselves at opposite ends of the debate:
“The religious debate was also important. Mather, who had lost his wife and three youngest children to a measles outbreak, argued that the inoculation was a gift from God. Those who opposed inoculation argued that epidemic diseases afflicted the people for a divine reason, and that to try to prevent them was to oppose the will of God. Others argued that inoculation, with its roots in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, was a pagan practice that was unsuitable for Christians.
But the point is, God, as far as anyone can verify, had nothing to do with either smallpox or vaccinations then, or unwanted pregnancies and abortion in the present.
And even though God have been involved, He continues to do a very bad job of limiting the number of abortions in the world. The opposite, in fact.