what did you think we were going to say?

Yesterday I heard a couple of stories in the media about the Christian owned businesses and schools that are suing the government over our right not to fund abortions. The arguments against the lawsuit seemed to be that corporations aren’t people so they don’t have the freedom of religion and the slippery slope argument of what will the religious people object to next, vaccinations?

Neither of these arguments seem weighty enough to ask someone to violate their conscience and pay for the destruction of human life. And Christians have always thought so. I was reading again Rodney Stark’s superb The Rise of Christianity this morning and found this timely paragraph that Athenagoras wrote to the emperor Marcus Aurelius (p. 125):

“We say that women who use drugs to bring on an abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion…[for we] regard the very foetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God’s care…and [we do not] expose an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child murder” (Plea, chapter 35).

Their website problems may have been a surprise, but anyone who was paying attention to the last 2,000 years would have known that our lawsuits were coming.

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  1. On the Rise of Christianity, I find his three thesis on page 74, 75 intriguing especially his third point. This can be read for free in the preview section on Amazon.

  2. skeeter ebersole November 6, 2013 — 3:13 pm

    The world wants us to be good little liberal theologians that use God’s word incorrectly to support absolutely anything. I remember encountering a woman in an internet chat room years ago praising God for the ability to have an abortion. She cited a verse that said something to the effect of, “happy is he who dashes the heads of infants against the rocks.” In context it wasn’t literally being done, but was hyperbole (I think that is the right term) and regarded the infants of the enemy, not a person’s own children. The world wants us to use the Bible the way this individual was.

    Some ring the warning bell that it is only a matter of time before a baby can be legally terminated after birth. The skeptics say that will never happen, but historically I think it was the norm for longer than it hasn’t been. What goes around comes around, I’m sure it will rear its ugly head yet again before the end.

  3. skeeter ebersole November 6, 2013 — 3:21 pm

    Psalm 137:9 is the text I believe this woman was using to defend abortion.

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