Saturday, September 11, 2010

Christ and Choice

This is just a thought that came to me. Did Mary ever complain to God that she was a slave to her fetus Jesus? Did she gripe about her rights being ignored by a “forceful” and “unrelenting” God?

I’m sure there were plenty of inconveniences that came with having baby Jesus. Joseph had originally planned to call off his engagement with Mary so she wouldn’t be embarrassed. Why? Because they weren’t married yet! Mary was most likely shunned and or taunted from behind her back. In her day as in ours she would have been considered promiscuous and an adulteress (although it meant much more back then). In that context it was worse than being raped, because then she could have made an excuse for the pregnancy.

“Oh, God came to me and said I was to give birth to the Messiah.” Right. How many people do you think believed her? And would you believe a friend today if she told you such a thing after becoming impregnated?

So why did Mary rejoice instead of complain about this “good news?” I can imagine a pro-abortion friend saying to Mary, “You know, you don’t have to be embarrassed about this kind of thing. Our latest technology is so good Joseph won’t even know what happened.”

And it’s bologna to say that people thousands of years ago didn’t have options to having “safe” or fetal abortions. They were optional before Mary’s time by at least a couple centuries. For a Scripture reference, Ex. 1:15-17 comes to mind. “Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as a midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live (ESV).” For historical evidence read the italics below.

Assuming that Mary underwent pressure to terminate a child born literally outside wedlock, and knowing that abortions were optional; is it just coincidence that she instead sang a song of thanksgiving and praise to God for His blessings (Luke 1:46-55 ESV)? Did she doubt the prophecy of the Messiah or resist God‘s purpose? No. Then why should a woman abort a child today? To me, “women must have a right to control their own bodies,” is not a satisfactory answer.

For historical references, type in “Abortion in Ancient Times” on the internet and you should get a long list. Maybe you have an encyclopedia with relevant information. All I will mention is that one of the main tools for abortion was poisonous herbs. The rest is for you to study.

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