One of the topics I’m addressing in my new book, despite my better judgement, is abortion. Yes, this is an emotional and volatile subject, but I think I have an unusual perspective on the matter so for the time being I’m planning on including it in the book.
While writing about abortion, something unexpected dawned on me and I thought I’d post it on the blog.
From a religious perspective, the best possible outcome for an individual fetus is to not be born.
Yes, you’re reading this correctly and no, I’m not drunk. Let’s take a popular religion in America: Christianity.
In Christianity, after an individual dies, they then proceed to spend eternity in one of two places (you may have already heard about this). One of the places is really good and one of the places is really, really bad.
Popular opinion in Christianity suggests that the moment a sperm fertilizes an egg and produces a zygote, a person with a soul has been created. Now, many things can occur once that person is born that could result in that person spending eternity in hell. (That person could be like me and transition from baptized Christian to book-writing Atheist).
But if that zygote’s journey is cut short due to an abortion, that person, that soul, gets an immediate free ride straight to heaven for an eternity of bliss with God and, more importantly, completely avoids exposure to a long life on Earth that could jeopardize the ultimate destination—the chance of hell for that soul is completely eliminated.
Since I’m not religious anymore and I don’t believe that heaven and hell exist, I find what I wrote absurd. But if I did still believe in heaven and hell and this line of reasoning was presented to me, and if I had a shred of intellectual integrity, I’d have to agree that from an individual fetus’ perspective (if a fetus could have a perspective), being aborted would be essentially like winning the eternal lottery because nothing post-birth could fully protect the fetus/person from damnation.
Of course this line of reasoning blows up for those that believe that aborted fetuses could be sent to hell. Though, to hold such a belief is beyond comprehension to most people that I know, both religious and non-religious.
Note: If you think I’m making light of abortion, you’re missing the point of this post.