Christians Must Agree with Mourdock’s Rape Comments
There has been quite a firestorm this week regarding the comments made by GOP Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock. His comment, according to the debate transcript was:
“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is a gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
The issue I have with the expected firestorm is the nature of the criticism and not the criticism itself. Some GOP candidates have tried to distance themselves from Mourdock and Democrats are pouncing on this issue like hungry cats. All of the criticism (or lack of criticism from some on the Right) is failing to address the main issue here. The main issue that we should be discussing is that Christians, or at least “good” and devout Christians MUST agree with Mourdock’s statement. Their only other options are to admit that they are not very devout, do not understand their faith, or, in fact aren’t really Christian. The good news for me as an atheist, is that I have no problem labeling Mourdock the lousy steaming pile of dog shit on a cold day that he is. Christians cannot do this. Let me explain.
Christians believe that their god has a few characteristics. Among those characteristics are that he is an eternal Creator, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent. There is nothing controversial about what I am saying regarding their god. Let us look at each of those in the context of a rape induced pregnancy.
Christians believe that their god has always existed and always will exist. He is eternal. On top of this, he is the Creator of all things. So, this god naturally created the rape victim, the rapist, and the soon to be child. This is why Christians hold life so sacred. They believe that god created ALL of it. Including the three parties involved in this story.
Second, Christians believe their god is omniscient. When we couple with his eternal nature a few things become apparent. An eternal and omniscient god will know everything that is going to happen eternally. He knows all from our past and all from our future. He always knew this. He did not learn what the future will be. The future is something that he always knew. So when we look at the case of rape and rape induced pregnancy, the Christian must admit two things. First, that god KNEW that this rape was going to happen (and a child would result from it). Second, he KNEW this when he created both our female rape victim and her male rapist. If he is an eternal creator and omniscient he KNEW this was going to happen. A “good” Christian must accept this or admit that their god is not an eternal Creator and is not omniscient. There is no middle ground.
Third, Christians believe their god is omnipresent. This is why prayer is so important to them. God is always present in their lives and knows what is going on every second of every day. This is why even impure thoughts are seen as sins. He is always present and knows all. In the context of rape, the Christian must admit that their god was present at the time of the rape. They have no other choice except to admit that their god is not omnipresent.
Fourth, Christians believe that their god is omnipotent. They believe that their god can do anything. This is why we have the concept of miracles and why they spend so much time praying for their god to intervene in daily human affairs. In the context of our rape, not only did god create the people involved, he knew that a rape was occurring, he was present when it occurred, and…he did nothing to stop it when has the power to do so. Christians must admit that their god could have prevented this rape or they must admit that he is not omnipotent.
Lastly, Christians believe that their god is omnibenevolent. He is all good. Everything he does is good. Their god can do no wrong. In the context of our rape, this god created the people, he knew a rape was going to happen with a child as the result, was present during the rape, did not stop the rape, and now sees this entire episode of events as a good thing.
Back to Mourdock’s comment: “I came to realize life is a gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock is making the ONLY statement that a “good” and devout Christian can make. Period. End of Story.
The indisputable facts of the matter, from the Christian viewpoint, are that we now have a god that created a woman knowing she was going to be raped, a male knowing he was going to rape this woman, a child who was going to be the result of this rape, and was present when this action occurred. While watching this rape in progress and knowing about beforehand, this god did nothing to stop it, and thinks the entire scenario is a good thing. The Christian CAN’t argue against any of these claims unless they admit their god is not one of or all of the following: an eternal creator, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent. Mourdock made the only sensible comment a devout Christian can make. God must want this child to live. The product of this foreseen event is the child. Mourdock is just being a good Christian.
Well I am not a Christian. I am an atheist. I do not believe in an eternal creator, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and omnibenevolent god. I have no problem pointing out that the entire story that I detailed above is complete and utter bullshit, that Christianity is a bullshit religion, that Christianity provides an excuse for inexcusable behavior (rape in this case), that most Christians aren’t “good” or devout followers of their faith and really have no clue what their religion states. If they did, there would currently be a mass exodus of people from Christianity.
The problem I have with this whole scenario is that no one on either side of the political aisle or the main stream media is pointing this out. Why? Because it is still not acceptable to criticize Christianity in this country and to point out the fact that Mourdock is just being a good Christian would naturally lead rational people to criticize and reject Christianity. No politician is going to attempt that move, particularly two weeks before an election. Nor will any media outlet. This is a tragedy.
The simple fact is this: The Christian must either come out in support of Mourdock’s comment or admit that their god cannot exist as they believe him to exist. I sincerely hope that they choose the latter.
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