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Not My World View

Somebody told a story about a man who was fishing. Whenever he caught a large fish, he threw it back in the water. Then, when he caught a smaller fish, he would hold it up, inspect it, and then toss it into his cold box. Finally, a man watching his behavior asked him what he was doing. “Can you explain why on earth you are tossing back the large fish and keeping the smaller ones?” The fisherman did not hesitate to reply, “I only have an eight-inch frying pan.”

We laugh at stories where someone misses the obvious, but in reality, we all do that to some degree or another. We see atheists, materialists, or naturalists consistently toss out any possibility of creation or design of the universe.

Richard Lewontin, an evolutionary biologist, reviewed a book by Carl Sagan. Lewontin’s review contained a stunning and transparent admission that reverberated within atheist and Christian circles alike, Lewontin wrote, “It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.1

It is worth repeating: “…we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” Creation, belief in a higher power, and spirituality are not options. As he said, materialism is absolute, and there is nothing beyond the material realm, but is that true?

Hot Topics in the Frying Pan

Considering matters of illegal immigration and what that is doing to our country, the economy, foreign policy, gun violence, climate change, and racism, the pro-life banner wains for some Christians. For others, they place the unborn on the back burner because they hate former President Trump so much; they believe Biden to be the better man despite his pro-choice stance.

In 1919 the Soviets legalized abortion, and Nazi Germany followed in 1935. Then, in 1973, the U.S. Nevertheless, the subject of abortion is one of the most contentious issues in politics today and has been since the 1972 ruling of Roe v. Wade. What was the slogan, abortions will become ‘safe, legal, and rare’? Despite the promise of that sales pitch, the number of abortions grew dramatically after abortion was legalized.

Most Christians I know are pro-life, but I have known Christians for years who are pro-choice, which I could never understand. But I have also known others who consider the pro-life debate their priority, a rallying cry for all Christians to mobilize behind.

Not long ago, I had a conversation with someone who asked me what I thought happened to aborted babies. I had not given it much thought; simply put, I said I supposed they would go to heaven. I felt the unborn would be found in our Father’s arms, believing they were taken away before the age of accountability. His point was well-made a moment later when he asked me, “If that is true, what is wrong with abortion?”

Age of Accountability

Is there an age of accountability? What is the fate of humans before the age of responsibility? Do the unborn go to heaven? If so, should the abortion issue be a reason to vote for one candidate over another if an aborted child goes directly to heaven?

Isaiah 7:15-16 suggests there may be an age of accountability. “He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.” (NIV) Along that line of thinking, we can say children have not done any moral deeds, so they have not committed any moral crimes.

John MacArthur wrote concerning the age of accountability, “So the Lord in His wisdom didn’t identify a specific moment. God knows when each soul is accountable. God knows when real rejection has taken place; when the love of sin exists in the heart. When enmity with God is conscious and willful. God alone knows when that occurs.”2 Everyone knows children mature at different speeds. For the Jews, the age of accountability is 13 when the family celebrates their Bar Mitzvah.

For argument’s sake, let’s say there is an age of accountability. Would that justify the killing of the unborn if they are not held accountable? If the unborn were automatically ushered into heaven versus growing into an adult who may reject Jesus and what He has done for us, isn’t that a better ending anyway?

Innocent Life

First off, as Christians, we need to see what God has to say on the issue of taking an innocent life.

Leviticus 20:1-5 says, if anyone sacrifices their children to Molek, they should be put to death. Human sacrifice was not uncommon for cultures surrounding the early Israelites, but God drew the line when He told Abraham that He would provide a sacrifice, saving Isaac, foreshadowing the coming of Christ and His sacrifice for us. Genesis 22:13

2 Kings 24:2-4 also condemns the shedding of innocent blood.

Genesis 9:6 tells us not to shed innocent blood.

Exodus 20:13 commands us not to murder. Some may say the ‘death penalty’ is murder, but there is a difference between murder and killing. Those on death row who experience the electric chair, death by injection, or hanging are not murdered but killed for murdering others.

Proverbs 6:16-17 says God hates the hand that sheds innocent blood.

Psalm 127:3-5 tells us children are a blessing, a reward from God, and blessed is the man whose quiver is full.

Finally, a familiar verse for those in the pro-life camp is Jeremiah 1:5. Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

All of these verses speak to the value of children, innocence, the taking of an innocent life, and the consequences of doing so. It is clear what God thinks of those who take an innocent life. So, if there is an age of accountability, and the unborn goes directly to heaven, what is wrong with abortion?

A Lesson in Ethics

Is this an ethical dilemma? No, and here is why. In moral actions, there are always relationships between means and ends. You can have a good means and a bad end, or you can have a bad means and a good end, but to have a good act, you need to have a good means and a good end.

If the murder of the unborn is the means to get the child into heaven, that is not a good act despite the end result (a child in heaven). Even if the end is appealing, the means are not appropriate. We don’t kill the unborn to get them into heaven, but let’s take the roof off this point of view.

What is taking the roof off? Greg Koukl defines it this way, “Some points of view lead to unusual–even irrational–results when played out consistently…This is also known as reductio ad absurdum, or reducing an argument to its absurd conclusion or consequence.”3

Let’s move the date forward six months. If a 6-month-old baby goes directly to heaven, what is the problem with infanticide (killing a child after he is born)?

Just because some people think that children go to heaven before the age of accountability does not justify the action of infanticide. The means do not justify the end. You shouldn’t kill a 6-month-old just to get them into heaven.

Of course, you don’t have to stop at 6 months. Take out a Christian at any age! This goes double if you have the Arminian view that you can lose your salvation. Why bother with apologetics? All you need is an abortionist! You can see how excessive this thinking is when you follow through with it consistently.  

Finally, and simply put, we are not absolutely sure what happens to those who die before they are born. Nor can we say with certainty there is an age of accountability. As Christians, it is not our job to make sure someone passes through the pearly gates. That is above our pay grade. Matthew 22:36-39

One thing I do know is that my granddaughter, Cassia Faye, born yesterday is priceless. Her life from the moment of conception is absolutely precious and valuable beyond words. When she decides for Christ, there will be a celebration. Luke 15:7 Not only her, but every life is priceless and should be viewed as such, no matter the circumstances.

The huge modern heresy is to alter the human soul to fit modern social conditions, instead of altering modern social conditions to fit the human soul. – G. K. Chesterton

If Aborted Babies Go To Heaven What Is Wrong With It? © 2024 by James Glazier is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

  1. New York Review of Books, Billions and Billions of Demons – Jan. 9, 1997 issue, pg.31 []
  2. MacArthur, John. “The Age of Accountability.” Grace To You, gty.org, N.D. https://www.gty.org/library/Articles/A264/The-Age-of-Accountability []
  3. Koukl, Greg. “Stand To Reason Broadcast” Audio blog post. Relativism in Court. str.org, 5 Feb. 2012. Web. 2 July 2024 []

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