Is The Christians’ God Pro-Life?

Daniel Florian sums up the case that indeed he is not:

Dear Pro-Lifer,

Your God is not pro-life.

You might find that statement surprising, but I know this from your own holy book. Despite what you may have been told, the Bible is not a pro-life document.

It is, in many parts, pro-death. In one of the first stories in the Bible, God murders millions of people through a global flood — including born and unborn children. Unborn children — the ones you fight for. God only wanted to get rid of them.

Later in your holy book God commands the death of nation after nation because they happen to inhabit the land he plans to give the Israelites (Josh 7-9). He commands Israel to kill women and children (1 Sam 15). When he wanted to make a point to the Egyptians, he murdered all the firstborn sons of Egypt. Innocent children. And when King David killed a man and slept with his wife, God punished him by killing his unborn child.

This same God does nothing while billions of people throughout history have been starved, drowned, raped and murdered. He sits on the sidelines and watches.

That is not a God who is pro-life!

On top of all that, at least 25% of all pregnancies end in “natural” abortion — which you believe your God either designed or actively performed — an act you consider murder.

No, your God is not pro-life. By your own standards, he is a murderer — the most prolific abortionist of all time.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • David

    In a fallen world, God may have to periodically perform some less-than-ideal measures in order to deter further evil.

    In the cases you cited, the people are less than innocent. I think it’s amazing that He would ever put up with any sin or nonsense whatsoever from His creation. Instead of being upset that He periodically calls for judgment in the Old Testament, we should be amazed that he ever shows mercy and patience.

    • Atticus

      But why does a perfect god need to use death? Couldn’t it come up with something better?

  • David

    A perfect God who knew that real love is not forced on anyone. He gave us free will to choose. We chose to turn away from us. But it’s His creation. As long as free will is around, there will be death.

  • Atticus

    But that doesn’t answer the question. Why does an all knowing ect ect need to use death as a way to enforce it’s will? I’m not talking about a person dying of old age, but things like the supposed mass flood that it used to get the message across. Why not just come out of the clouds and say “I’m the big cheese, so there”?


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