I am greatly disagreeing with…
No where in my mind am I morphing abortion into mercy killing. So my disagreeing is to your assertion that due to believing in X (infants are saved), then Y (I am morphing abortion into mercy killing). I just think it is an untrue statement.
Nor am I implying that you believe or advocate abortion or mercy killing. I don’t know what your stands are on that topic, I was simply trying to clarify that X does not guaranty Y, somewhere, or anywhere in my mind.
Mercy killing is killing with the intent of having mercy. Like if someone is in pain, it can end their pain. If someone has a terrible future, prevent that future from happening ect. But you have to have good intent, and perceived knowledge of that persons future.
If you kill someone, then later believe if could have prevented an unfortunate future, that is not mercy killing, as your intent at the time of the killing was not mercy. You can’t use after the fact to justify it. Or if I believe aborted infants are saved, and someone else kills them (for their own non-mercy-related reasons), that is also not a mercy kill. I did not kill them, or advocate it (regardless of where they spend eternity). The type of kill assigned goes to the intent from the one that killed them.
Even my voting for pro-choice, because from a governmental and constitutional standpoint, I agree with pro-choice (though I am anti-abortion) that is not a mercy kill (if they went to heaven). The only way for abortion to be considered a mercy kill is if I believed that babies went to heaven, and I was a pro-abortionist. Now my intent would be to abort all in order for that human to go to heaven, that could be considered a mercy kill.
If I hit someone in my car by accident. And the autopsy and police report shows some disturbing findings on that person, that they were on their way to massacre thousands, that doesn’t make me a hero. The killing was still an accident, what we find our after the killing is moot.
So that is why I disagree with that statement. But as far as refuting it on the logic of mercy killing (which I don’t think it would be… this takes a bit longer to explain.
Paul kind of speaks of the Israelite’s in a few different books of the Bible in this way. The Israeilite’s were “burdened” with the law. They were now held to a higher standard then their Gentile counter parts. But Paul sees the law not as a burden, rather a blessing.
Life is like this. Sure, since we are given life, we now have the potential to go to heaven or hell, greater consequences then those not born. But being created and able to know God is a blessing. So killing someone due to a potential is not mercy killing, it is robbing them of a blessing.
We are also not placed in control of the world and other lives. We can be placed with great responsibility, which also comes great potential for blessings, when people are placed under our influence. Like with children, or with the church flock/congregation, constituents, students, employees. But even then, that is just influence, not control. Only God has control, but even then, not really ultimate control, as we have free will. But all of that to say that, peoples most beneficial destinies (even our own), ARE in God’s control. If you want the best for you, or anyone else, let God be God, and they (the people and God as God will be given glory) will benefit the most.
So we need to be concerned with having a heart that loves God, and others. Love that Jesus showed, sacrificial love, serving love. I would give great caution to anyone who would kill someone to prevent or attempt to control the future (play God and think you know better than Him). God could “mercy kill” everyone who would not be saved, but then why not just skip life and go right to heaven?
God has us here for a purpose, He wants to see it “played out”. He wants us to know Him, and to be given the chance to know Him. Anyone to rob anyone of that opportunity (even though that person may go to hell) is Biblically wrong.
I also have a different view of what many refer to with heaven or hell. Jesus came to give us life, and more abundantly. We are created to know God, and to be able to chose God… He allows us not to chose Him, but we were created with optimal results occurring when we chose Him. We can’t always see the optimal results, this is why we do sin or chose not God. I am not perfect, I chose wrong all the time. But I know in my heart that God is always optimal in the long term, we suffer for shortsightedness.
I don’t even consider hell a punishment, rather a consequence to a bad choice. If you want to live in a world without God, He will allow that. It will be a terrible, place, filled with hate, anger, fear, and no love, no glimpse of the God that you didn’t want.
I could when God created us in His image, He also blessed us with spiritual myopia. We can’t see the future, which requires us to have faith in Him, who can see very far. But when we can only see what is in front of us, we frequently act on that, even if in conflict with God’s commands. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to help us trust in Him. This is why frequent prayer, sabbath, ect, are passages in the Bible, advising us in how to best help chose God’s ways, to ignore our spiritual myopic sight.
But to me (and I can use scriptures to back it up, though most scripture is known, I am mostly weaving them to make a tapestry of logic to explain my beliefs, but feel free to ask me for scriptures if you feel I am making a large leap), heaven and hell is not anything like current tradition.
Hell is simply separated from God (rejecting His will). Heaven is simply with God. So if you never had the chance to chose or reject God (like mentally disables or pre-mature babies), why would you go to hell?
Perhaps Jesus could have died for all sins, literally justifying every human, not just those who ask for Him to (what I do believe). A sinless/forgiven person, who still doesn’t think God knows best or wants God to rule their lives, will still not want to God to heaven. Our hearts decide where we go, not some act. Jesus always spoke of our hearts, and refuted how our acts had any merit on anything.
This isn’t to say that we can “wish” to go to heaven and it be. But if our hearts desire is to know our Creator, God provided a way for us to know Him, and to be reconciled to Him, through Jesus.
God knows our hearts, we can’t fool Him. Like you can’t say you want to lose weight, and eat a pound of bacon and sugar everyday. Your heart doesn’t really want to lose weight. You can want to lose weight, maybe walk a bit more, still have a unhealthy fatty meal every now and then, or possibly not the best diet ever, maybe .5 pound of bacon and .25 pound of sugar. That is still showing effort to do better than you once had been doing whether through willful disregard, or ignorance of a good diet. There is no “min recipe for salvation”. God knows your heart, and if you are trying (though failing is ok) God will know.
Thanks be to the glory and mercy of God, that He allows us to fail so many times and that He can see our hearts, and not just our actions. That is one of the main differences in Christianity and other religions. It isn’t about our actions or deeds, it is about our heart! Which is why we are not to judge or condemn the .5 lb bacon eater, who might be trying. We can encourage and pray for them, and if they genuinely want to lose weight, we can show them that is not the way. But we shouldn’t judge them on their actions, we don’t know were their heart is. Maybe they go through withdraws, and can’t quite bacon cold turkey (a lot of unintended meat references here), we don’t know why people act they way they do nor are we to condemn anyone for those acts. If we were blessed with a church or a parent who educated us on not eating bacon, so we never started, to God be the glory! If someone is trying to honor God in their heart, to God be the glory! We are no better than anyone based on actions, nor should we condemn anyone based on actions.
So again, no part of me advocates mercy killing, nor would I even consider an abortion a mercy killing, and yes, I do believe babies are born sinless and go to heaven when they die.