As a result of being raped, you conceive. A living being begins its formation within your womb, a being which God has foreknown from eternity and has determined would be yours to receive. If children are a gift, then He has already worked that rape for your good. He has blessed you through that tragedy.The thinking in this post is so twisted I couldn't let it pass without comment. By focusing only on a potential child, it allows a rapist to think of himself as a Johnny Rapeseed, spreading God's blessing everywhere he can.
According to this rationalization if God didn't want that girl/woman blessed, He would have prevented the rape. Wrong. Rape is never God's way of blessing you. Never.
Then there's this statement from the same post:
Children are a gift. God gives them. If you conceive, God has given you a gift, and you owe Him thanks for your child; if you do not conceive, it is because God has chosen not to give you the gift of a child.He's addressing rape victims. Did God turn his back on me because pregnancy didn't result from rape? And should a sixth grader thank God because a sexual abuser got her pregnant? I think not.
This is the sort of reasoning that added extra layers of torment to the trauma of my rape. This isn't pure Christianity, it is filtered Christianity. To reject this conclusion is not to reject Christianity, it is to reject one way people use Christianity.
If a rape survivor gets pregnant through rape and decides to carry to full term, that person hasn't been blessed by a tragedy, that person is doing what is right for her under extreme conditions. To say she has only one choice is to say that her boundaries are meaningless.
It also conveniently lets rapists and those who do nothing to help rape victims off the hook for viewing girls and women as mere vessels. Both are dehumanizing.
I was surprised at the following admission.
While I was surprised at the admission, I wasn't surprised at the failure to do this since people who condemn rape victims for the sin of wanting the morning after pill (birth control, not abortion), are in the mode of backseat Christianity, not service to others.
This brings me to one of my final verses, one which I sadly don’t obey nearly as often as I should:
Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2, NASB
This rule-based approach to Christianity, applied more rigorously to others than to self, is a very brittle thing and can rarely withstand bearing someone else's burdens. They are either going to bend, break or keep their distance.
I know since I tried the rule-based approach and it nearly destroyed me. How could it work when it had me repenting my own rape and the aftermath of rape?
Christians who insist on calling oral contraceptives tools of murder are attempting to turn many rape victims into people worse than their rapists.
What type of message does that send to rape victims and to rapists?
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