Why Most Abortion Arguments Are Incoherent
Abortion is a hot topic right now as Alabama recently passed an unprecedented bill that significantly impedes abortion and subjects abortion doctors to a potential 99 year prison sentence. Just yesterday (May 22, 2019) the Alabama House passed the “born alive” bill which requires doctors to try and save the life of a baby in the event of a “botched” abortion (as if there were such a thing as a “successful” abortion). Failure to provide the same level of care as would be afforded to a newborn baby could result in criminal felony charges and up to 20 years in prison. 7 other sates have passed similar bills and several others are attempting to pass further restrictions.
The debates on social media and even in the news rage on and are fueled by passion and (mostly) profound ignorance. Even those who are well intentioned and oppose abortion tend to put the cart before the horse when arguing with others about this and therefore fail to get at the root of the problem. Good intentions are no substitute for effective argumentation. We ought to “work smarter, not harder” as the saying goes. Where the vast majority of people go wrong is in their failure to address the presuppositions held by the opponent; in this case, the abortion supporter. I will be putting forth no new concept here, but only reintroducing a type of what is commonly referred to as a “presuppositional apologetic” concerning this abortion debate.
Right Conclusion; Wrong Reason
It is possible to come to the right conclusion for the wrong reason. It happens by the minute. This is why math teachers usually require that students show their work. This proves that they have reasoned through the problem and that they truly understand why they reached the conclusion they did. Unfortunately, most people forget to “show their work” when it comes to arguing against abortion. Even well meaning Christians simply drop the ball here. It is even possible to introduce proper logic at the wrong time. To borrow another math analogy, this is why “PEMDAS” exists. It is an order of operations which ensures that the right method is not used at the wrong time. For example, a simple problem such as: (3 + 6) × 2 , will net you the wrong answer if not done in the proper order. You might come up with 15 or 18 depending on the order you work out the problem. If the equation within the parentheses is not worked out first you will be wrong every time.
Almost always, when the abortion debate ensues it devolves into passionate irrationality by failing to set terms properly. Because the topic itself is inherently ethical, a failure to explore this aspect first will ultimate confuse the argument and inhibit true progress.
Though arguments about the science of life and the human heart-beat, etc. are important and have their place, we should always follow a proper order of operations if we are to make a comprehensive and coherent argument. What profit is there discussing aesthetics with a nihilist? First make sure there is an acceptance of terms.
As the multiplication problem will be wrong if the parentheses and exponents are not solved first, so too will the abortion argument become incoherent if morality is not explored first. When someone supports abortion, despite what they might say, they are God-haters. There is no other option. Those who defend the murder of babies do so on the basis of the dictates of their own wicked hearts. There are many who claim to be “christians” who support “women’s rights” or whatever bogus narrative they happen to be parroting at that moment, but the support of abortion and the love of God are mutually exclusive concepts.
When someone objects to abortion bans or castigates you as a bigot or a misogynist for opposing abortion, your first question should always be something like: “Can you please tell me if you believe there is such a thing as objective moral values? And if so, where do they come from?”
More often than not, you will unfortunately have to explain the concept of objectivity to them which isn’t particularly surprising. When people devolve to a level of depravity scarcely seen even among wild animals, concepts such as “objectivity” become trying for them. Nevertheless, this is the place to begin.
You must first establish a framework whereby you can move about. No game can be played without rules and boundaries, nor can one debate without a proper framework or understanding of terms.
A man approached Jesus and said, “Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ response? “Why do you call me good….?” This is precisely the approach that should be adopted when engaging with people in this or any conversation. This flushes out the beliefs that are simply assumed but never reasoned through.
The fact is, most people have not really reasoned through what they believe and truly don’t know why they believe what they believe. For most (especially the tablet-pacified millennial crowd) they are simply regurgitating what some hip, coffee-shop-revolutionary muttered while donning a Che Guevara t-shirt as they sat together “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) When you begin to question them, you will see how quickly their assertiveness dissipates and how little thought they have truly put into their arguments.
Once you have asked, “Can you please tell me if you believe there is such a thing as objective moral values?” they might say they don’t know. If they don’t know whether morals are binding on all people and from where those morals come, then the conversation becomes pointless immediately. If they don’t know whether there are objective morals then they couldn’t possibly know whether anyone was “wrong” about anything since even the concept of “wrong” becomes nebulous in their framework. Tell them that their lack of knowledge about this crucial first element renders anything said afterward as presumptuous and incoherent. Ask them to first decide what they know about morality before making judgments in that realm.
If they respond with, “No, there is no such thing as objective moral values. My truth is mine. Your truth is yours.” then your task is made even simpler. Men better than myself have put forth dozens of arguments concerning this mode of thinking. If being unsure of objectivity in moral or ethical cases grants us a set of incoherent terms, then certainly to flat-out deny objective moral values exist is to aggravate confusion. Truth be told, this is exactly where most people find themselves. When it is asserted that there is no such thing as objective moral values then all truth becomes relative and therefore subjective. This means that morality is based on the preference of any given individual at any given moment. There is absolutely no basis on this line of thinking to say that anything is objectively wrong. What someone really means by this is that they simply don’t like it. Morality becomes a matter of desire or preference when there is no objective grounding.
If they respond by saying they believe that objective moral values do exist, then they need to explain where these objective morals come from. To what or rather, to whom are they appealing? But the inevitable question comes, “What exactly constitutes something as objective?”
No God? No Morals
In his novel “The Brothers Karamazov,” Russian novelist/philosopher, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, wrote, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”
Whether or not Dostoevsky himself was an astute philosopher or a committed believer, the fact remains that this assertion is true. No God? No objective morality. It’s that simple.
Morals do not exist apart from a decree. And decrees do not exist apart from “decree-ers”. The difference is this. When a man decrees something, it is the opinion of one man and another man might very well decree the exact opposite. This is our everyday life. We can see that the mere decree of any man is up for debate and subject to legitimate challenge, for what makes one man to differ from another apart from, perhaps, titles that were bestowed upon him which are themselves the inventions of other men? In this sense, “morality” soon become majority opinion, which at times can be good but can also be devastating. Universal truth cannot and should not be measured by mass appeal. If so, then the earth was actually flat at one time (BUT IT WASN’T… objectively… Sorry, Flat-Earthers). If one man contradicts another man, then who is right? Nobody knows, nor can they for the men judging men are men themselves, and therefore if there is to be any “objective” moral standard it must come from outside of man. If there is to be a morality binding upon all men, then it must come from someone who is superior to man not his equal. It cannot be “something” for “things” do not make decrees, but only beings. Therefore this “Someone” must be greater than man inasmuch as He is the Creator of men.
If there are actions that are truly wrong and binding upon every man, the moral standard must exist on the basis of a decree from a Being that is completely outside of man and superior to him, namely, God. You simply cannot make sense of morality in an objective way apart from positing the existence of God and providing evidence of His moral decrees (Bible).
We know that things like gravity and mathematical principles are objective realities and binding on all humans whether we like them or not. But like morality, these things are not invented by men but merely discovered. Isaac Newton no more “invented” the Laws of Motion than Galileo “invented” Jupiter. These men discovered what already was. It was not their prerogative to toy with reality, but rather to acknowledge it in truth. Morals are not to be invented by men but rather discovered in the same way the laws of physics are discovered. Both the laws of physics and laws of morality have the same Creator. The only difference is that morality is not some arbitrary set of principles the God “creates” but they actually stem from His very nature. Deviancy from the character of God is what makes something “wrong” or “sinful”. This topic alone is one on which a doctoral dissertation could be written, so we’ll summarize. Suffice it to say that truth in any form is never invented but only discovered by men. There has never been a point of universal truth that was invented. Jupiter exists; laws of motion exist and objective moral values exist, and we as mankind merely discover these realities. Ignorance of a certain reality is one thing, but failure to acknowledge reality when shown is a form of psychosis. Can you see where I’m going with this?
The Delusion Of Abortion Supporters
Whether they are unsure or they outright deny that objective moral values exist, those who support abortion while affirming either of these positions are at best confused and at worst, suffering from a form of insanity which is to be disconnected from reality. Truth is merely a reflection of reality, so when one fails to acknowledge truth, they fail to acknowledge reality.
If they affirm that there is such a thing as objective morality but they fail to acknowledge the existence of God, it is proof that they don’t really understand the concept of objectivity concerning morals. Personal taste and societal preference are not what constitute “objectivity” when it comes to morality.
You may hear arguments such as:
“What about rape and incest? Should a little girl who had no choice in the matter be forced to carry a child?”
Take the same question to the questioner:
“Should a little girl (or boy) who had no choice in the matter be forced to die?”
You see, abortion supporters love to invoke “choice” but that is never afforded to the baby. These innocent victims have no choice. Their argument basically says that innocent people should be slaughtered so as not to inconvenience us and to spare others from the trauma of horrible event. They also say that the victim itself should be “spared” from a life that will be filled with pain and suffering, especially if the family is poor, etc.
Let’s examine this a bit further.
We can apply this line of thinking to the young girl who is a rape victim as well. This is the utter insanity of the abortion supporter. According to their logic, the young rape victim should be subjected to the death penalty because she is innocent and will have a life of pain and trauma as a result. She will also be an “inconvenience” on the rest of society because she will suffer psychological trauma. Using the same arguments in favor of killing babies inside the womb, the abortion supporter unwittingly advocates for the death of child rape victims.
Not surprisingly this is a very Muslim line of thinking as many victims of rape are stoned to death in Muslim countries. The insanity of the abortion supporter is the same insanity of Islam which murders victims of crimes on a consistent basis. The leftist degenerates who support abortion almost always champion Islam while reveling in their profound ignorance of all things Koranic.
Islam is making inroads into U.S. politics via leftist politicians as both intersect at the crossroad of Insanity St. and Unfathomable Ave.
A brief note on Islam:
Those who speak about “radical Muslims” prove the effectiveness of propaganda to the exclusion of critical thinking. Here is the definition of “RADICAL”: (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something. Those Muslims who do the atrocious things often attributed to the “radicals” are simply following the dictates of their Koran. There is nothing “radical” about simple obedience to unambiguous precepts. This simply makes them true Muslims. Ironically it is the so-called “peaceful Muslims” who are radical as they must deliberately ignore what the Koran plainly states in order to be peaceful and so “[affect] the fundamental nature” of Islam, making them fake Muslims.
The same is true of the Catholic church as it pertains to Christianity. When the expression of a belief is fundamentally different than the claimed source of that belief e.g. (The Bible or the Koran), the expression is false.
The abortion debate is incoherent without establishing the basis for moral argumentation to begin with. Examining whether or not the opponent has any rational foundation for their moral beliefs is crucial to setting the parameters of rational discussion and undermining the argument from the onset. If they fail to find the objective nail on which to hang the landscape of their morality, the wall will remain blank. Before arguing the timing of the first heartbeat, check to see if there is the pulse of reason in your opponents argument. If not (and there never is), you will be dealing with an ironically lifeless argument from the one who seeks to destroy life.
The bottom line here is that god-haters have no rational foundation for the “morals” they appeal to, nor can they. Yet, ironically, they have a “moral” that is strikingly in accord with the dictates of the false “god” of the Koran. I bid you find the right God to establish your morals upon.
No other God lived as a Man, died, and was raised to life again. No other God after His death was seen as alive by literally hundreds of people. No other God after He died and rose from the dead suddenly had a group of formerly shaken followers instilled with boldness to the extent that they were willing to die the death of martyrs on the basis of being eyewitnesses to these happenings. The historically falsifiable and yet provable Jesus of Nazareth who died and was raised from the dead (according to the Bible) is the only representative of God we can and should hang our collective hats upon. He alone gives life, as the very Author of it. And since it was His to give, it is not ours to take.
I am puzzled and intrique by your approach to things. I have just watched a number of your videos and you come across as angry and belligerent. Your language is ad hominem. I am trying to understand what your core beliefs are but there is no handle here.
Brother, there is much wrong in the world and there are many heresies that are penetrating the church today, we are warned about that by Jesus and by the letters to the church. However, I would kindly suggest that if you are going to attack those heresies then do so. Stop the raving and ranting against the men and women. This doesn’t bode well with the reputaion of Jesus Christ. Point out the problems in what they teach and demonstrate the unbiblical nature of the doctrines. But and here is a warning to you, increaxe your understanding of the scriptures first. Understand the cultural and social background before heading off the posse.
I looked at one of your videos and the response you made to the obejctions that were being made about women in minstry and it became very obvious that your worldview did not understand the context of the instructions given.
As an american, you culturally have difficulties understanding other cultures and there is an inherent mindset in many americans as to the superiority of americans (even when they are disparaging americans).
I don’t have a problem with you discussing heresies and defending the faith, this is what we all should be doing. But man, you have got to pull back on the vitriol. Otherwise, the efforts you are putting in will not be to the Glory of Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Nor will it be to the Glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Keep this in mind, that what you know and understand is very limited and though you can be right in part, you will also be wrong in part. The important thing is keeping close the Jesus and staying in His shadow and standing beside Him always. Preach the Gospel, defend the faith and live your life in Jesus. There are times to attack the heresies and by doing this correctly, you show up the failings of those who teach them. But do it calmly and without ad hominem attack.
Pour the coals of heaven upon the heads of your enemies which is the Love of God, for Jesus came and died for ALL men and women and children. Yes, there are enemies of God who as satan as satan himself is. Chide, if you will, ask telling question, if you will, but please stop dishonouring our Lord and God with the vitriol you display.
Ponder what I have written, ignore what I have written. It’s up to you. Just remember that you will aslo stand before the Great Judge and you will have to account for your actions just like everyone else.
May our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, cover you with His Mercies and Spirit in all the ways He desires. Stay in closeness with Daddy our God, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Your tacit accusation of some hyper-nationalism or ignorance because I am American is quite frankly ridiculous. I don’t think you even know what exactly your objection is. You stated nothing clearly and you certainly neglected scripture in any sense. If I have “cultural difficulties understanding other cultures” then you likewise have those difficulties as an Australian. This is an absurd objection that only stands to undermine you as well, Bruce. You simply said nothing specific and therefore what you wrote makes no sense. If you have a biblical or factual objection to something I have said or written, then state it clearly and provide a sound biblical refutation. Until or unless you do that, I don’t really know what you’re on about. Thanks.
Is it the job of the believer to stop sin? It will never happen people love to murder their babies. How about Christian’s spread the Gospel and let God change the reprobate heart. Many protest abortion without mentioning Christ. Crucify your own flesh. Please let me know where in scripture it tells me to stop someone else’s sin?
The scripture is very important and must be read regularly. You error in not knowing it. Your question is answered all thought the Old and New Testament.
Why don’t you start in James 2:14-26, where the writer admonishes “Faith without works is dead”. Do you imagine that while it’s a sin for you to murder but it is permissible to God for you to raise no opposition to others murdering?
In Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-16, Luke 19:45-46 and John 2:14-17 Jesus is recorded personally stopping others from sinning. This is a model for believers to stand firmly against sin and not just walk by as if its Gods problem and not yours. So important is this lesson to believers it is recorded in all four gospels.
How about Revelation 2:20, where Jesus himself chastises the Church of Thyatira for their toleration of Jezebel, who was advocating and leading other to sin.
The list is long and I can’t comment on every one or even list them all because of space but here is a partial list: 1 Samuel 3:13, Habakkuk 1:4, Judges 5:23, 1 Samuel 15:9-11, Jeremiah 5:28 that will get you started. Notice that not acting to stop others sin sometimes results with a curse from God. Yes, we are commanded to at least attempt to stop others from sinning. The Word tell us we are Sons and Daughters of God and as believers (and doers) that we will rule and reign with Christ. If we are saved we are “Born Again” and if we are “Born Again” we have a new nature and that nature hates sin and will oppose it at every turn. If you do not have that new nature, then you should be very concerned about if you are saved. False conversion is a real thing and the Biblical way to know if you are actually saved is to see if your nature changed after accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and if that change of nature is bearing good fruit. Think of it as a spiritual battery tester. It will tell you if you have a regenerate heart or not.
I can not describe in the vocabulary that you use, but I am enjoying every blog and video that I have thus far seen of yours. You are encouraging me to study and read my bible more. I applaud you for standing for the truth!
I truly pray that your faith in and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ increases as a result of anything you find here. May it be all to His glory and for the benefit of His body. I’m grateful to God that you are encouraged to study and read your bible more. Yes! Do this. Reflect on His word, day and night. The Lord bless you and keep you, Kim.
So you assert , obviously, that the bible does not support flat earth despite literally hundreds of verses clearly teaching this truth?”Sorry flat earthers” indeed…sorry they should be subjected to such anti scriptural idiocy.
God help you. This is not merely a wrong teaching, but it is so demonstrably wrong and incalculably distracting as to be a conspiracy of demons. I can see it no other way. This error will beget other errors as it betrays a wrong thinking about scripture and a penchant for radically misinterpreting passages. There is not one passage that even suggests the earth is flat. Moreover, objective reality and video proof show this so clearly that the level of delusion clouding one’s judgment to come to this conclusion is frighteningly strong. The bible does not say the earth is flat. Any passage that one puts forth with this suggestion would need to conclude also that God is a bird since Psalm 91:4 says, “…under His wings you shall take refuge.” If you believe the earth is flat based upon a radical misinterpretation of “4 pillars” or “four corners” then you must also believe God is a bird. I pray this delusion is broken. This doctrine will undo you and take you down a trail of multiplied deception.
God bless you, Joshua!!!
God bless you, likewise.
WOW, excellent dissertation, that’s so perfectly summed up!
Joshua, the more I listen to you, read your blogs, watch you on line….the more I find myself saying…yes!.. this man is doing his homework! Thank you for being a strong voice for the Lord in our Christian world of mediocrity! You are appreciated!
And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. John 2:25 . You are 💯% correct on establishing the “presuppositional apologetic”, it will always tell the tale
Do appreciate your blogs, and videos. Now in retirement with my husband, we have plenty of time to grow spiritually. Your insight is amazing. Thank you for all you are doing for the Kingdom. The naysayers will always be there. And we are trusting and obeying, praying without ceasing, and staying in His will. Day by day,
moment by moment living for Jesus,
And it is true, we cannot legislate morality. Only our Saviour can change our heart, when and if, we dedicate ur lives to Him.
Blessings to you and your husband. I pray the Lord continues to guide you both in grace and truth. Take advantage of these precious years as you are already doing. The Lord will always reward those who diligently seek Him in faith (Hebrews 11:6) May He continue to use whatever you find here to help in some small way. God bless.
A+++. The best pro life article ever. Would you allow me Joshua to translate it and put it on my YouTube channel?
You are certainly welcome to translate this if you are able and find it to be useful. God bless.
Abortion is not murder. What is growing in the womb is potential human life. God saves souls not bodies. God creates a soul for us with our first breath. God breathed into Adam and he became a living soul. Also when Jesus Christ was born he said (in his deity)a body you have prepared for me. Hebrews 10. I certainly do not believe abortion should be willy nilly. It should not be a form of birth control (where’s the dad?) It should be between a female and her doctor. The government should not be involved. This is a highly emotional and political issue . If it is murder then where is the capital punishment? I’m sure on any given Sunday there are plenty of ‘murders’ and accomplices in church. This viewpoint is what I call Christian political correctness.
Dee. At the moment of conception we all have been given our inner spiritual being.
And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength),
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
“For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
“But he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'”
So he told her all that was in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never come on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.”
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.
“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, You who have been borne by Me from birth And have been carried from the womb;
And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.