WHERE IN THE BIBLE would anyone get the idea that a woman who becomes pregnant from rape must keep the baby?
- “You [God] created my body from a tiny drop….You, the source of my life.” Job 10:10, Contemporary English Version
- “You [God] formed me inside my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13, The Message
- “I [God] knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” Jeremiah 1:4-5 New Living Translation
Many Christians say that verses like these prove life begins at conception. Millions of Christians, caring and sincere.
That’s why many insist that it’s wrong to terminate a pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother.
Even then, as the Roman Catholic church teaches, abortion is both bad and good
Bad because it takes a life.
Good because it saves a life.
But when it comes to rape, it’s Babies R Us.
Other Christians, however, essentially respond:
“Hold it one Holy Heck!”
Their take on those Bible verses might sound something like this—especially if they’re, oh let’s say the mother of a raped 14-year-old.
“You mean to tell me that on the basis of a scattering of lyrics from ancient Hebrew poetry that my little girl has to let that microscopic Seed of Satan grow into a baby?”
“The rape was a terrible thing,” some Christians would answer. Sad face. “But the Bible teaches that life is a precious gift from God. Even life that comes from a terrible thing.”
“Well, given your approach to interpreting poetry,” the mother might respond, picking up a kitchen knife, “tell me what I should do about these words.”
“i carry your heart with me…i am never without it(anywhere
I go you go, my dear).”
For the record, I know that the punctuation and spacing are out of whack, but so was e.e. cummings.
I also know I have taken the poet out of context.
Some might say it all seems so fitting.