Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wisdom

Inevitably someone asks if babies and the mentally handicapped go to heaven. Seriously. We all want to know, and I'm ready to give you the answer: Dunno. Seriously. But think about this--how would we as believers be different if God had spelled out the solution to this painful dilemma?

If you want resolution on the issue, then which pole is less offensive? If all babies are saved, then abortion becomes a benevolent and noble gift--a free pass to heaven granted only by the most loving and gracious of parents. Euthanasia as grace. Peter Singer would be validated.

If all babies perish, then abortion becomes unpardonable--the intentional condemnation of a tiny soul to the godless chasm of Hell. Miscarriages would be insurmountable. Life support for the yet unregenerate could never be terminated for the paralyzing fear that a DNR order is tantamount to damnation.

In his wisdom, He does not answer this one. He may hint, but He does not speak. Mystery, and the tension it produces, keep us diligent--and hopeful.

7 comments:

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Wendy said...

I don't even like thinking about this issue. For some reason, I feel sad thinking about it.I like black and white things! It is easier to accept!

Steve said...

But if this issue was black and white, then could we ever accept it?

BirkenEarthyKel said...

no because you would still have people like myself who are firm believers in gray areas :)

I'm with Wendy though on the thought part about this. It makes my stomach lurch.

dan said...

Well said, Steve.

Baberaham said...

It was a sight to encounter this weekend as our church had its first baptism of the year. We have no batistry at the hotel so we have to wait until the river is warm enough or at least warm enough for people to bear. We had 2 gentlemen baptized this weekend who are mentally challenged. I cried as I watched these two men become so joyful during their experience. It was really amazing. They have also been "witnessing" to their friends at the group home. They have all made Mt. View their church home.

deersnake said...

I talked about this and some other things with a friend this weekend.

We had no answers, but I was left with faith that God is merciful...and just.

The same question can be applied to the people that died before Jesus came, right? Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joshua.....