Next time a Christian talks about abortion, consider bringing up this verse from Ecclesiastes:
Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them.
And I thought the dead, who have already died, more fortunate than the living, who are still alive; but better than both is the one who has not yet been, and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3)
In other words:
- The dead are better off than the living, and
- Those who have never been born are better than the dead and living.
A morbid, depressing teaching. But it’s not my holy book.
When an abortion is performed, the child is never born. Or if you’d rather, they are dead. Either way, according to this passage, they are better off than us.
In other words, the Bible teaches abortion is better than living.
Who are they to argue with God’s Holy Word?
(For the record, I don’t think abortion is usually better than living. I’m just teachin’ the holy word of Jeebus!)Update: It seems my point is being misunderstood. If the Bible is taken literally as the “Word of God,” you can’t only take Jesus or Leviticus literally. You have to take Ecclesiastes, too. To me it seems obvious the writer of this was just having a bad day or really overstating his case (just like I did here). But it’s just an old book. I don’t have to agree with it. The literalist, on the other hand, must care about this because they believe this is the very words of God.
And if that is so, then what does this passage teach? Is it not that those unborn and dead are better off than the living? And don’t other passages say similar things? Don’t Christians look forward to heaven, which will be better than our current sinful lives? When people die, don’t they say they have gone “to a better place”? It’s the same logic.
What happens when this logic is applied to abortion? If Ecclesiastes is right, then aborted babies are better off than if they had lived. The same logic applies if babies go to heaven — they instantly go to a place of joy and don’t run the high risk of being sent to hell forever.