hardness

I was reading this post, which reminded me that we are constantly asking the wrong questions and thereby proposing the wrong answers. The post addressed the morality of abortion and government’s role in legislating it. This is not really a critique of that post, though one should be given.1 Rather, it is an attempt to work out some thoughts that always come to my mind when almost anyone speaks on abortion.

I am reminded of Jesus’ words on another topic, divorce:

Then Jesus left Capernaum and went southward to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. As always there were the crowds, and as usual he taught them. Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses say about divorce?” Jesus asked them.

“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man merely has to write his wife an official letter of divorce and send her away.”

But Jesus responded, “He wrote those instructions only as a concession to your hard-hearted wickedness. But God’s plan was seen from the beginning of creation, for ‘He made them male and female. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.”

The religious leaders wanted to justify their attitude and actions by pointing out allowances made by God in their civil law. Jesus would have none of that. He realized that asking whether something was legal was not the same as asking if it was “right”, much less if it was “best”. I think our discussion of abortion should take note of Jesus’ words. Regardless of whether abortion is legal, tolerated in some situations, or even expected in others, it is present on account of the hardness of our hearts. If our hearts really understood and practiced God’s love and compassion, we would have none of it. This is a far cry from trying to justify it, and ourselves.

If abortion is legislated and practiced, it needs no veneer of respectability, no arguments for its morality or justness. All such arguments only point to the weakness of man-made morality. We need to treat abortion as what it is, a rupture of God’s intent for the family and our respect for life.

Notes

  1. I simply am lacking in time and energy to do it right now – especially since it is unlikely Jeremy and I would stay on the topic of abortion, since underpinning his comments is a much richer array of thought about God, the value of humanity and individual choices, etc.
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4 Responses to hardness

  1. Jeremy says:

    George,

    Thanks for the nod. I don’t think anyone argues that either abortion or divorce is “right” or “best” in any case, but, at least the former, might be necessary in some cases (rape, etc), for surely rape isn’t in God’s plan. If it is, that says something about God, none of it positive. Again, if he’s in complete control, how can he, in one breath, not be responsible (or at least watch as it happens with all the power to see that it doesn’t) for things like rape (We reference the fallen world argument) and in others, be praised for the “miracle” of birth springing from the rape? Same as with other medical conditions. We pray to him when, say, someone comes down with cancer, as if he wasn’t in control of that as well, and then praise him when someone has a successful surgery.

    In either case, I thought your use in the word “rupture” was particularly interesting here, and you’re right, we would clog this blog site up terribly if we spiraled into the other topics this issue implicates, so I’ll leave it there. By the way, your banner looks like it was taken from some fractal art. Correct? How ’bout that coffee? Take care.

    • George says:

      Jeremy: Yes, fractal art. A self-coded Mandelbrot Set application (in C#), with an algorithm optimized for calculating most complex regions first.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jeremy says:

    Cool stuff. Do you make fractal art often or just once for the banner? I dabble in it when I have time, but I prefer writing and music. heh.
    – J.

  3. George says:

    I spent a couple months with an intense preoccupation with fractals, just figuring out the math and processes involved, testing out how to optimize the algorithms and how to manipulate bitmaps and visual objects within WPF. I also played with some basic geometric fractals. I believe I have a post in here somewhere on the dragon fractal.

    I really wasn’t doing it from an “art” perspective, though I do find the Mandelbrot very aesthetically pleasing. I was more interested in the algorithm, how it worked, the simplicity of the algorithm that can generate such complex behavior at even the finest levels.

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