Conception Through Rape NOT “Something That God Intended to Happen”
During a debate last Tuesday, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock put his foot in his mouth big time. Attempting to explain his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest, he said, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Oh, really! Well, I don’t think one can get it much more wrong than that.
Let me get this straight. We are talking about the same holy God who says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Even though adultery is a consensual act, the Bible says it’s a sin. So how would this same God support a violent, non-consensual act like rape? No, when a child is conceived through rape, whereby a man violates a woman’s body, this is never something that God intended to happen.
Some people believe, and perhaps Mr. Mourdock does, that God micromanages all the affairs of our lives. That is, they believe God interacts with and screens everything that occurs in each of our lives, and as a result, whatever comes to pass must have been His will. But I submit to you that though God is in control—as He will convincingly show the world in the end — He does not micromanage the affairs of our world.
Accordingly, let me reiterate that conception through the horror of rape is not something God ever intends to happen.
The truth is that we live in a world where sin has become increasingly rampant, and we live in a world where God allows us freedom of choice, and when these two realities come together, the consequences are often bad.
Of course, we know that in those instances where a child is conceived through rape and the woman chooses to keep the unborn child full term that God will still love that child as much as He loves any other child, and God can make something wonderful out of his or her life—just as He has done with many of our lives. But that changes absolutely nothing. The end does not justify the means. Rape is still evil, sin, and violent. Life by this means was not—is never-- “something that God intended to happen.”