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Jesus the Pro-Abortionist

Apr 19, 2011

Over the years I have heard it all about Jesus. We have been told that Jesus is a socialist. Jesus is a greenie. Jesus is a pacifist. Jesus is a feminist. Jesus is an anti-nukes campaigner. Jesus would bless same-sex marriages. Jesus would approve of heroin injecting rooms. Jesus would favour euthanasia.

So when a new play opens in America claiming Jesus is a pro-abortion activist, I guess we should not be surprised. Indeed, we have managed to turn Jesus into a wimpy, limp-wristed, tree-hugging hippy whose only contribution to the world was to inspire the Beatles’ to sing “All You Need Is Love”.

Indeed, if we now have mega-evangelical leaders making it onto the cover of Time magazine, promoting a book which argues that there is no hell and everyone will in the end go to heaven, then you know that the feminisation or emasculation of Jesus is pretty well complete.

We have managed to totally strip Jesus of any divine attributes, such as holiness, righteousness, and majesty, and turned him into a poster boy for every trendy new activist cause. Jesus the conquering king who comes wielding a sword, his garments dripping in blood as he judges the unrepentant nations as recorded in Revelation, has been replaced with a Jesus who wouldn’t harm a fly and thinks everything and everyone is just really neat.

Thus we have transformed Jesus into more of a pacifist than Ghandi, more of a communist than Lenin, more of a global warming alarmist than Al Gore, and more of a gay blade than Elton John. We have remade Jesus into our own secular trendy image. He has now become all things to all men.

Of course when we engage in such radical redefinition, we are destroying the Jesus of history, the Jesus of the Bible, and the Jesus who created the world and who will one day judge the world. Instead of Jesus sitting in judgment over us, we are now sitting in judgment over Jesus, making him whatever we want him to be.

But let’s get back to this pro-abortion play. This is how the New York Times covers the story of playwright Theresa Rebeck: “In a first, the English and theater departments at the University of Delaware gave Ms. Rebeck a $50,000 commission last year (the funds came from a private foundation) to write a play blending American history and contemporary issues. She has produced ‘O Beautiful,’ a satirical look at the politics of the Tea Party, Glenn Beck and the failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, as dramatized through the abortion story and a related, fictitious incident of bullying at a high school. The university’s Resident Ensemble Players, a professional Equity company, will perform the play on campus from Wednesday to May 15.”

The article continues, “‘O Beautiful’ also deals with suicide, date rape, gun rights, the founding fathers and, of course, abortion — in a subplot starting with the first scene, in which a pregnant teenager, Alice, seeks counsel from Jesus Christ, who wanders through the high school and characters’ homes without explanation. Jesus, rendered as sympathetic to everyone irrespective of their politics, reaches a provocative conclusion when Alice, who has been raped, asks where in the Bible he opposes abortion.

“Alice: Did you ever say, ‘I’m Jesus, and I say that stupid girls who let guys talk them into going to the back seat of their cars have to have babies?’ Did you say that ever?
Jesus: No.
Alice: All you talk about is, be nice to each other! You never said nobody’s allowed to have an abortion.
Jesus: No.
Alice: So can I? Can I? Can I?
Jesus: Honestly, I — I don’t really have an issue with it.”

So there you go folks: Jesus “doesn’t have an issue” with the slaughter of the innocents. He couldn’t give a rip about abortion. He has no interest in the sanctity of human life. Instead he is just a trendy pro-choicer, who probably votes for the Greens, wears a Che Guevara t-shirt, and marches around with a sign saying “Land rights for lesbian whales”.

Interestingly, the playwright was raised Roman Catholic and is in fact a graduate of Notre Dame. Of course this institution of higher learning once used to be known as a fine Catholic school. Perhaps not so much anymore, one suspects.

The article concludes this way: “‘Part of the university’s mission is to provoke thought and debate,’ Mr. Robbins [the University of Delaware’s theater department chairman] said. ‘And even people who may disapprove of her Jesus will see, I hope, that this is a loving, caring Jesus’.”

Yep, here we go again: the “loving, caring Jesus”. We have heard so much about him lately. He is the same loving, caring Jesus who would never send anyone to hell as Rob Bell informs us (even though he spoke more about hell than anyone else in Scripture).

He is the same loving, caring Jesus who would be a card-carrying Obama supporter, as socialist activists like Jim Wallis insist. He is the same loving, caring Jesus who would support Marxist dictatorships around the world, who would support one-child policies and carbon taxes, who would join in gay pride marches, and who would celebrate the legalisation of all drugs.

Yes that is our new, improved loving, caring PC Jesus. But for what it is worth, I think I will stick to the Jesus of the Bible, thanks. He is far more radical, revolutionary and earth-shaking as found in Scripture, than all the modern white-washed – and heretical – versions of him put together.

www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/theater/theresa-rebecks-play-o-beautiful-at-university-of-delaware.html?ref=abortion

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35 Responses to Jesus the Pro-Abortionist

  • Well, the word tells us not to cast our pearl before swine, but what happens when the swine cast their excrement before us?

    Because of my pre-Christian past I’m very glad that Jesus is capable and willing to forgive even these wretches who would attempt to defile his character in such ways. Praise be to him for his genuine holy and just love and that the doors of forgiveness are still open to us while we yet draw breath.

    I just pray that these deluded people will wake up and see the error of their ways before it is too late for them.

    Mario Del Giudice

  • Well stated Bill and Mario!!! These folk are showing who they are aligned to!!! The devil, the father of lies! They will give account one day to Jesus for their false teachings and delusions about Him. It’s shameful, that those sponsoring the writing of the play, didn’t check out the TRUTH – JESUS!!!!
    These people should be sued for slandering Jesus!!!
    Barb Hoc

  • Great thoughts Bill. I have also noticed this feminisation of Jesus has made its way into our churches. Wondering if that’s why many men have gone missing from our churches?
    Scott Haas

  • How dumb is the exchange depicted in that scene? $50,000 to produce that sort of tripe. It’s a wonder the last line didn’t read “Like honestly, I – I like really don’t have an issue with it”.
    Anthony McGregor

  • I wonder if the 15 million babies worldwide who are annually murdered by abortion see this fictional “Jesus” who supposedly ‘doesn’t have a problem’ with their deaths as a ‘loving, caring Jesus’.

    Mansel Rogerson

  • It’s ironic that people can’t just say they reject Jesus’ teaching, they have to have him on their side. Jesus is still such an important figure you can’t ignore, or even oppose him; you have to redefine him instead.
    Jon Newton

  • Yes quite right Jon.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • The annual murder of 15 million babies is something so incredibly hard to comprehend.

    I’m reading a book about the grief that women go through after having an abortion. It’s called ‘Forbidden Grief’ by Theresa Burke. I’ve read others as well…..One called ‘Giving Sorrow Words’ by Melinda Tankard Reist. (Duffy & Snellgrove, 2000) It’s a collection of personal stories of 18 Australian women and how they felt after their abortions. Many felt pressured by others to have abortions and were unprepared for what they would go through.

    These are both well worth reading to get a glimpse of the indescribable pain, loss and guilt suffered after an abortion.

    Annette Nestor, Perth

  • Thanks Annette

    Actually the annual global figures are 45–50 million abortions a year, with around 100,000 a year in Australia.

    Yes those are very good books. My review of Giving Sorrow Words can be found here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2001/08/26/a-review-of-giving-sorrow-words-by-melinda-tankard-reist/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • From your description of the play I would say it is not only batty but dishonest. There’s an awful lot of rubbish coming out of the Arts. I wonder if the producers would do a play about Mohammed and his marriage to a little girl, against a heroic backdrop of raiding merchant caravans and massacring Jews?
    John Snowden

  • Hi Bill,

    Yes, the source I used must be providing an incomplete estimate. The 50 million figure is from the UN and WHO (certainly hostile witnesses) and so I agree this is a more reliable figure.

    Mansel Rogerson

  • Very good point John.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Mansel can you give a source (webpage?) for the 50 million?

    Graeme Cumming

  • My name might be mud, Bill, but I’ve got to say that if ever you get writer’s block, please give me a call and I’ll “get you going.” (See comments – A Review of Love Wins. By Rob Bell) You’ve sure woofed out a stack of good articles in the past few days. I’m not a head nodding, patronising, hear, hear back bench style advocate for all that you say, however I know that you’re doing a good work! One day you’ll be thrown in jail; I know a couple of people who would go with you, including me… maybe you’ll request that I be placed a few cells away.
    Grant Squelch

  • I would be quite pleased to have you as a cellmate Grant – as long as you don’t bring that lousy Bell book with you!

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Excellent analysis, Bill. What a blasphemous and lying piece of trash that play sounds. The good thing is that God is shaking all that can be shaken. He will have His pure and spotless Bride. Christians are going to have to take their stand on one side or the other of the proverbial fence. This is one example of the rising tide of spiritual sewage. It’s time to come out from their midst and be separate or we’ll end up swept into that foul tide ourselves.
    Dee Graf

  • If Rebeck rejects the historical accuracy of the New Testament, she’s in no position to pontificate on what Jesus taught.
    Michael Watts

  • Hello Bill,
    I agree very strongly with your comments. Recently my wife and I have started to pray regularly outside a local abortion centre with a few others. The hatred in comments that we hear from some of the passers by certainly leave us in no doubt that it is Satan, not Jesus, who is rejoicing in the murder of these innocent children.

    Christians need to stop trying to please those “of the world” and start doing what is pleasing to Jesus. When people see Christians being prepared to truly imitate our Lord by suffering for what is right, then through the grace of God they may be able to find out much more about who Jesus really is and see through the lies of the current “false prophets”.

    Michael Palma

  • John, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, on seeing the reigning Lord, fell at his feet as though dead. He didn’t say “Hi, long time no see.”

    If that is how Jesus’ closest friends react I’d hate to be in the shoes of those who reject him.

    Kylie Anderson

  • But Jesus, turning to them, said,  “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!” -Luke 23:28-29

    Jesus may not have spoken about abortion directly, however nor did he speak about rape, is Jesus now for rape because he is silent on the topic? I think that in Luke he speaks out against today’s anti-unborn/pregnancy society. I doubt very much that a 1st century Jew even one such as Jesus would have been for abortion. What a silly concept! 

    Furthermore: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. -Psalm 139: 13

    Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. -Psalm 139:16

    It talks of having having his days written out before they even arrive, it’s clear God has a purpose for those born and unborn. Far to much of the bible talks about life before birth and how precious it is, it would he silly to suggest otherwise. In the words of John Dickson (paraphrased) “people need to stop trying to find their Jesus and try search for the historical Jesus.”

    You were spot on Bill! The same Jesus that said to love your neighbor (and enemy) is the same Jesus that spoke of a place where there would be a gnashing of teeth.

    Anthony Lichoudaris

  • ‘And even people who may disapprove of her Jesus will see, I hope, that this is a loving, caring Jesus’.”

    This is where the problem is. The idea that there is no historical Jesus, but that there may be many different versions of Jesus, “My Jesus.”

    Once again this problem actually starts in the church. Isn’t this kind of thinking just an extension of the WWJD phenomenon. When Christians make their rule of faith an imaginary extrapolation of my personal vision of Jesus rather than an obedience to the teachings of Scripture – well the baby killing Jesus is inevitable. He’ll appear just as soon as some poor soul in a real difficult situation wants to justify the “easy” way out.

    Moral of the story: We need to lift our game when we see things like this.

    Michael Hutton

  • Hi Bill,

    Thanks for writing this article and the many, many others that you have contributed over the years. My husband Lucas was in one of your classes at Harvest Bible College some years ago and we have since been so encouraged and stirred as we’ve read and shared your works with others, provoking thought, discussion and change in our lives and the lives of others!
    We have been compelled to stand for TRUTH, JUSTICE & RIGHTEOUSNESS in our nation and beyond and your words help to encourage, fuel and empower that stand.

    I am with you… I prefer the mighty Captain of the Hosts of Heaven fearless and conquering Jesus of the Bible that you describe at the end of your article. He is the one that has the capacity to love, save, heal, deliver and establish a justice and righteousness that can turn the hearts of man from stone to flesh and turn nations on their heads! PS to Michael Palma, well done! My husband and I have been part of a group of people for some years now praying outside Parliament in Melbourne and an abortion clinic in Melbourne, keep up the good and faithful work of LIFE it greatly pleases God’s heart!!!

    Thanks, Lauren Grant

  • It’s just idolatry really isn’t it?

    Blessings,
    Isaac Overton, ACT

  • Kylie Anderson, congratulations, short and to the point.
    Stan Fishley

  • Hi Graeme,

    The latest figures from the WHO and the Guttmacher Institute seem to come from 2003, and put the total at 42 million worldwide.

    http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/abortion_facts.pdf

    Although these figures probably are the most comprehensive that exist, they are quite inaccurate necessarily due to lack of data, but also because of political bias. See the following series for a detailed discussion:

    http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL02/laura.html
    http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL03/laura.html
    http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL04/world_abortion_estimates.htm
    http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL05/world_abortion_estimatesa.htm

    In light of these uncertainties, maybe 40-50 million is a more robust annual figure for the number of babies murdered.

    We must also keep in mind that these figures completely ignore the babies killed by contraceptive methods which are actually abortifacients. If these children, who are just as dead as those killed by surgical methods, were included this figure would presumably increase by 2, 3, 4 times?

    As terrible as Hitler’s extermination of 6 million Jews was over several years – it pales in comparison to what we are doing now on a global scale year in, year out.

    Mansel Rogerson

  • Well done indeed to Michael (and wife), Lauren and Lucas for your courageous and vital ministry outside of abortion clinics. Your work is so absolutely essential. Bless you guys heaps.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hey Bill,

    Being inspired by the dialogue of this play I think I’ve discovered a talent for scriptwriting. What do you think – do I have a hit on my hands?

    “Hitler: Did you ever say, ‘I’m Jesus, and I say that stupid Jews have to live in Germany?’ Did you say that ever?
    Jesus: No.
    Hitler: All you talk about is, be nice to each other! You never said nobody’s allowed to run their own country.
    Jesus: No.
    Hitler: So can I? Can I? Can I?
    Jesus: Honestly, I — I don’t really have an issue with it.”

    Mansel Rogerson

  • Absolutely Mansel. And you should be able to easily get a $50,000 grant for this as well.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I always thought that the reason Jesus didn’t explicitly teach that abortion or infanticide is wrong is because people at the time he lived knew that, “You shall not murder”, covered it.
    Kylie Anderson

  • Yes quite right Kylie

    There was no need for him to speak to this, just as there was no need to speak of homosexuality. Everyone back then knew these things were wrong, and not part of God’s plan for mankind. It was a no brainer and did not even need to be specifically brought up.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Mansel,

    Thanks

    Graeme Cumming

  • Thanks guys

    Here is another site dealing with the number of abortions: http://www.numberofabortions.com/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • it stinks how the devil lies to people. I bind the devil of any people who say Jesus is a pro abortionist, they don’t know the Word of God, the Bible. In John 10;10 it says that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy the devil kills any life or trys to he can get his hands on and he is going back to hell where he belongs.he will burn in hell forever for destroying peoples lives or trying to the 2nd part of that verse says Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly. Christians in America and the globe should stand against this play and have it banned if we stand up for Jesus we will see this play banned because it is of the devil not of God c’mon christians stand up for Jesus and the Bible these people ought to read the bible then they will find out the truth about Jesus and the truth will set them free with eternal life not death amen!!
    Jason Hockley

  • Thank you so much for the constant vigil, Bill. It keeps me reminded of what I stand for, and I hope you never run out of directions to go. I take that back. Actually, with the coming Kingdom, you will have no more directions to go but up. God bless.
    Richard Carter

  • Thanks Richard

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

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