This article looks at the logical consequences of common Christian theology and shows that it leads to ridiculous conclusions concerning having children and abortion.

For most Christians, the only humane thing they can do for their children is to abort them before birth.
This is a moral duty. Babies have the right to be aborted - as the people in the picture below believe.

Abortion is a human right

Christians Have a Moral Duty to Abort All Their Children

According to most Christians, an unborn baby is a human with an eternal soul destined to end up either in heaven or in hell. As such, it deserves to be treated the same as any other person and should not be aborted.

A couple of questions arise.

The first is: when does that eternal soul come into existence? This would have to happen at an instant in time: it is hard to imagine it happening gradually as many embyos would then die with half a soul. Most will say it happens at the moment of conception (fertilisation) when the sperm enters the ovum. This makes sense in that it seems very unlikely that it happens before the sperm and ovum meet. Also, there is no obvious time after fertilisation when it might happen: the ovum divides into 2 cells, then 4, then 8 and so on, eventually being differentiated into different types of tissue, then developing organs, limbs etc. The assumption that a soul is created at the time of conception is the basis for the claim by anti-abortionists that abortion is wrong at any stage and that even the use of the morning-after pill is wrong because the fertilised ovum is already a person with an eternal soul.

The second question is this: if a child dies before birth, before gaining any understand of God’s requirements and before accepting Christ, will it go to heaven or to hell?

Christians are less agreed on this one. Some say, because no one can enter the kingdom unless they be born again, that they go to hell. They see this as unfortunate, but the fault of man because of his sin, not the fault of God.

Over half of fertilised human ova do not implant and develop to successful birth and adulthood, instead being flushed out with the next period, miscarried at a later stage or dying as infants. A couple who have three children will probably, therefore, have produced at least three conceptions which didn’t mature and, therefore, three souls who are now in hell. It is also quite possible that some or all of the three live births will develop into people who are not saved and they will go to hell too. The only humane option for Christians who say babies go to hell is therefore not to have children.

On the other hand, many Christians say that a baby who dies when it is too young to make a decision, will go to heaven. Dubious biblical support for this view comes from Matthew 18:3: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Most Christians adopt this view on the premise that God is love and wouldn't torture an innocent child. Whatever the rationale, this is probably the majority view among Christians.

Assuming this to be the case, then any child who dies as a baby or who is aborted before birth, has a guaranteed passage to heaven. Letting the child be born and grow up, on the other hand, risks the child becoming wayward and ending up in hell. The kindest and most loving thing to do, therefore, is to abort all children before they are born. In fact, it would make sense to get pregnant as many times as possible and to have an abortion every time so that as many souls as possible go to heaven.

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