There are plenty of obvious oxymorons out there and one that has to be high on the list is this: “Christian Left”. Sure, these lefties will claim to be biblical Christians, but that cannot always be assured. So often there is nothing Christian about these guys at all.
Indeed, they usually are a bunch of ideological lefties who like to use the words of Jesus and the Bible, twist and distort them beyond measure, and then push their pagan agendas, hoping to fool some folks along the way. Sadly some gullible believers fall for their nonsense.
Plenty of examples of this could be adduced here, but one I was just alerted to has to take the cake. It is not only one of the more mentally mangled and logically lame pieces you will come across, but there is nothing Christian about it. It is simply a classic hatchet job on Scripture to push a secular left agenda.
The anonymous piece insists that abortion is just peachy and the Bible never says human life begins at conception. Yes you heard me right. The entire piece is such an incredible piece of infantile foolishness, that it almost does not deserve to be taken seriously.
Yet because a few people might be duped by it, let me spend several minutes with it. Get a load of this opening lulu: “According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.” And the justification for this? The author appeals to Genesis 2:7 to make his (her) case.
I know, most of you are doing the ol’ ROFL routine by now. So am I. But I guess someone needs to break it to this guy: Um dude, this is like referring to Adam, a grown man! It has nothing whatsoever to do with an unborn baby living in the mother’s womb.
Seeking to take the one-off creation of the first man from nothing and use that as some sort of template for unborn human life is about as silly as you can get – certainly if you are claiming to be some sort of Christian. He offers two more Old Testament texts here, but both also have absolutely nothing to do with the unborn.
He then tries the old sleight of hand trick in appealing to Exodus 21:22 and twisting it right around. Of course he fails to offer the following three verses which go with this passage. The full text makes it clear that the principle found here is this:
-if in a personal injury to a pregnant woman resulting in premature birth there is no serious harm, then the one who caused this is to make a monetary compensation as the appropriate price to pay (v.22);
-if in a personal injury to a pregnant woman there is serious harm, then the one who caused this is to receive the death penalty as suitable punishment (vv.23-25).
This writer’s ignorance of basic embryology, science and even current law is also on display here. Consider this doozie: “the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being. One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath. This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either.”
The unborn child is not a human being? What is it then? A carrot? A dingo? You can’t kill something that has not taken a breath? So why do even secular courts today speak of two lives being taken when a pregnant woman and child are both killed, say in a car crash caused by the negligence of another?
But wait, there’s more inanity here: “God has decreed, for one reason or another, that at least one-third of all pregnancies shall be terminated by a spontaneous abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy and that a number will be terminated after the first trimester. It would appear that God does not have any more regard for the loss of a fetus than he does for the loss of a placenta or a foreskin despite the fact that these were living tissue as the result of conception.”
Who says God has decreed anything here? We live in a fallen world where all sorts of bad things happen naturally. That does not of course necessarily mean that God is happy with them, approves of them, or causes them. Nature also produces destructive hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, etc, killing many. By this person’s lame reasoning, that must justify genocide, since miscarriages obviously justify abortion according to him.
When this person tries to explain to us the Ten Commandments he gets quite convoluted, confused and messed up so that it simply does not pay to even spend time with this person. The only thing he comes close to getting right is acknowledging that murder and killing are not the same, but the rest of what he says is just so far out to lunch. Where does he get all this silliness from?
His take on Numbers 5:22 fares no better as any sort of justification for abortion. God of course has the power of life and death, and the curse of barrenness is a common penalty for disobedience (eg Deut 28:18). That God can punish sin in such a manner offers no justification whatsoever for the practice of abortion.
Yet not to be outdone for sheer idiocy, consider this concluding line – obviously a real clincher to the entire “argument”: “In the end, if abortion was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it. He said nothing.” Oh, wow, why didn’t I think of that?
That is just so, well, groovy and intelligent and convincing. Not. It is nothing more than the fallacy of arguing from silence. To see how utterly moronic it is, simply swap one word here:
-In the end, if rape was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it. He said nothing.
-In the end, if arson was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it. He said nothing.
-In the end, if pollution was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it. He said nothing.
Yep, real convincing stuff there. And of course the many texts which do speak of the life and personhood of the unborn are conveniently ignored by this person. There are plenty of such texts, including the following:
-Gen 4:1; 5:3; Job 3:3; etc. which speak of the personhood of unborn.
-Job 10:8-12; Ps 139:13-16; Matt 1:18-20; etc. which speak of God’s relationship to unborn.
-Gen 25:21-2; Hosea 12:2-3; Rom. 9:10-1; etc. which speak of pre-natal calling and election.
-Gen 16:11; Ex 21:22-23; etc. which speak of human life beginning in the womb.
-Gen 30:1-2; Ps 127:3-5; etc. which speak of children as the gift of God.
-Deut 27:25; Ps 106:37-38; Prov 6:16-1; Jer 7:6; etc. which speak of not killing the innocent.
Suffice it to say that if this is what passes for logic, argument and faithfulness to the biblical text, then the so-called Christian Left might as well give it up right now. Their feet are so firmly planted in midair that we may well never see them walking on solid ground. So desperate are they to push unbiblical agendas that they will absolutely massacre the biblical text to do so. Talk about false prophets and doctrines of demons.