You say that all these babies should be brought into the world. That they should be able to choose whether or not to worship God. But what about the babies that grow up to be serial killers, or rapists, or Satanists. wouldn't it have been better for them to never have been born? And if a child must suffer during it's lifetime, why is giving birth to that child better than ending it before it has the chance to go suffer? why should any child have to suffer, I know that a fetus can sometimes feel pain during an abortion, but why are those few minutes of suffering worse than many years of it?
My response is in Green:
Thanks for writing me. You asked some interesting questions, but there is a problem. For one, who decides if a baby will end up being a serial killer or not? Some one has to if you want to kill them before they do anyone harm.
The same goes for the child that you say will suffer. How would you choose which child would suffer and therefore should be killed and which one would not and should live? Kind of sounds like you want to play God, but you don't have the information to pull it off.
I agree that no child should suffer, but killing them so that they never have the chance to suffer is not the way I would solve the problem. Not all unwanted children suffer. I am sure you have heard of President Gerald Ford, even if you aren't old enough to remember him. He was President after Nixon left office. Did you know that he was unwanted and was adopted? Should he have been aborted? If he had he would never of been president. Look at Jackie Chan. He is world famous for his movies, yet he was sold to the cirrus as a child because his family did not want him. I love his movies, so I am glad they did not abort him.
Again I ask you, who decides? Let me ask you another question, if you feel that it would be better to kill an unborn baby than to take the chance that they might suffer, then why not allow them to be born and grow up until it is sure that they are going to suffer, then kill them? So what if that is at the age of 2 or 4 or 6. Wouldn't your idea of saving them from suffering still hold water? What about adults. Let's say that tomorrow you go to the doctor and he tells you that you have a disease and you are going to suffer with it. Should he kill you so that you don't have to go through that?
Do you see my point? Who gets to make the decision whether death is better than suffering? How much suffering is too much and therefore the person should be killed? God is pretty clear about how He thinks:(Ezekiel 18:4 NIV) For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. Every soul belongs to Him and He is the only one with the right to say who lives and who dies. I understand the point you were trying to make, but it just won't work, it is not our choice to make.
What about forced sterilization? If a person has one child they don't want, then maybe the government should force them to be fixed so they can't bring another one into the world. Wouldn't that be more civil than killing the innocent unborn baby? We would not stand for that, but yet we think nothing of killing the innocent product of the uncaring parents.
How about all those old people? Their lives can't be worth anything, right? They can't do the things they did when they were young. They cost us all money. They suffer from loneliness and disease. Why not do away with them? Remember you will be one of them someday. You can't remember being an unborn child and you never will be one again, so it is much easier to think about killing them for their own good of course.
I don't believe you have the right to take your own life much less the life of anyone else born or unborn. Life is given by God and only He can choose who dies. I do think there are exceptions; such as taking a life in self defense or in the case of capital punishment, under the right conditions.
We will all one day answer to God for our actions. I don't think any of us want to answer for trying to make His decisions for Him. I know I don't.
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