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I'm Going to Die...

At 60 plus years I look back on my life and realize that there's not much time left. No, I've not been diagnosed with any fatal disease but we are all going to die. It's just that I realize that I really can't count on more than 20 more years so I've been thinking of all the things I would like to say before that day. I've known many people who die and never have time to say those last words to family and loved ones (and maybe just to the world in general). I think I have some things to put out there before I check out...

My life experience has taught me many things and to keep this as short as possible I really won't be listing many references for my thinking I will just express my conclusions. Everyone can do their own research to support or dispute my conclusions. I will say that I do have a great interest in science and many of my conclusions are based on science but certainly not all.

I really don't know where to start so I guess I can start with my belief in a Creator. I have looked at the science for “everything from nothing” and I've looked at our current situation and our recorded history and I definitely believe that we have a Creator who designed us and the universe we live in. I also believe that our Creator took the form of a man (Christ) and through some mystery provided our bridge to his dimension through the action of His death (redemption). I really think that most Christians get many things wrong and I even believe that I'm not getting it all right but I certainly think I'm close or I would change my belief system (no one “believes” they are wrong or they would change to what they think is “right”). I believe we all are fallible and therefore I also believe that the Bible (whatever translation you ascribe to) has inaccuracies because of the fact that men have been involved in the recording of the events therein. I do believe that it's mostly accurate (I use 90% just as a guesstimate). I fully reject a literal hell as I think our Creator will give everyone a chance at whatever the “judgment” is to make a choice to join him (and what person would reject that offer after being presented with God's personal presence?) I believe that we should follow the basic principals of not taking things that belong to others and certainly to not harm anyone who is not trying to harm you. I do think that everyone has the right to defend themselves against any attacker. I do not fight with people over religious “doctrine” other than to share what I believe. I doubt that anyone on the planet has figured out all the secrets of the universe so I freely admit that some or most of what I believe may be wrong but I think that our Creator loves us and does not expect us to get it all right.

All “creation” is indebted to the Creator and if we don't feel love for our Creator we are missing something that is key to being complete. Beyond our relationship with the Creator we have our family. I feel that our love and devotion to our parents, spouse and children is the most important earthly relationship. Family relationships are the strongest bond that we can experience and should be so. The next most important would be community relationships – how you interact with those who are in your geographic sphere.

I do think the Non Aggression Principal is a good practice to have. I do not necessarily believe that it must never be broken because I do think that as men we sometimes go outside of any “rules” when we think the situation calls for it. I don't know when we should use aggression against others who have not actually harmed us but I can think of an example when I would. If I knew a very evil man who hurts lots of people in my neighborhood and I felt that this man was never going to be stopped from hurting others and maybe members of my family I would feel justified in acting against such a person. This is an extreme example and would not be something that most people ever experience in their lives. I really think that the possibility of a “loose cannon” in your sphere of influence is actually a deterrent to evil behavior. If you do not anger large numbers of people you should not fear them either. Society can never be 100% safe but I think the fear of being taken out by angry family members (for instance) should deter many from hurting people (it historically has been known as being an avenger).

Morally I believe that you can do whatever you want as long as you are not taking the property of others or causing physical injury (I don't count hurting peoples feelings although that is quite rude and should be avoided). Sexually I believe anyone should feel free to have whatever relationship they want as long as it's consensual between parties of “sound mind” (I hate to try to put an age requirement because historically the age of emancipation has been all over). Marriage has historically been different than what we currently practice. Men used to have multiple wives and concubines and I don't see any reason that it cannot go the other way as well. I don't believe that you “own” someone just because they are married to you (that would be another form of slavery). I reject the idea that certain kinds of sex are immoral and look at sex as simply being two people rubbing body parts together. Why should it be anything more then either a way to procreate or for pleasure? Of course an emotional bond with the person you are rubbing body parts with makes the experience even better.

I believe that when you kill a human who is not attempting to kill you it's murder. If that person is living in your womb (however they got there) you are murdering them if you take them out before they can survive. If you don't want the child you can give it up at that point. I do not, however, believe that any “government” has anything to do with a woman murdering that child. A woman who commits such act will need to take this up with the Creator when she meets him.

What about politics and justice? Oh boy, on this one I have a lot of conflict with others. Although I try to affect change through “politics” I do not believe in it so in this regard I'm a bit of a hypocrite. I am an anarchist as far as believing that any “authority” is legitimate if it's in the hands of man. I believe our Creator is the only true authority over each of us and He does not put up street signs to tell us His will. Men like to gather in groups and appoint someone as the usurper over themselves in hope that there's some kind of order that can be maintained which will benefit them all. This has been proven throughout history to be a fiction. No such system has ever worked for more than a very short time. All “governments” are by definition a “legal fiction” and if you break down their foundation you find that there is no proper delegation of authority over other men (like me). Such a “delegation order” would have to originate from the one who HAS actual authority over us (our Creator).

All this talk of “social compact” and “consent of the governed” is just smoke and mirrors. I've never seen a “social compact” and even if I could be shown one it would not have my signature on it saying that I agree to it. Consent of the governed is just fancy talk for “we are going to use force against you if you don't do what we tell you to do”. I have never consented to having my money stolen from me and my property trespassed on or my actions restricted.

Of course that means I believe in “private property” and my most private of property is my own body so I don't think that anyone has the right to tell me what to do with my body. If I want to pump it full of drugs (I don't) it's no one's business but mine. I can take care of my body or I can run it down. I do not believe that I have any right to the money or resources of others. If I find my body in poor health and I do not have resources to maintain my health it is not the responsibility of others to care for me. I do believe in private charity for those needs and there's no obligation on the part of the charitable to meet any needs I have. There is no “perfect system” in this world but the voluntary system is the best for everyone.

I've termed myself a “Christian Anarchist” because after analyzing my belief system I thought this term best fit me. I later found out that the term was already defined and it's not exactly what I believe but it's pretty close.

Since I believe in life after death I don't feel that anyone should spend much time mourning me after I'm gone. If I'm right then I'll be in a better place (sounds so cliche') and life will go on until it's your turn to join us. I think cremation is the best way to dispose of the corporal shell. I was “alone” when I came into the world in that there was no one else being born with me (of course others were in the same room when it happened) and I'll be “alone” when I leave. No one will be there to take that final journey with me. In some ways I will cherish the moment. Not as an opportunity to kill myself, but as a necessary part of life's journey. Depending on how I die there may be panic or pain involved but afterward I'm certain that the peace that only the One who created us can grant will take over and eternity will open up ahead.

I don't believe that us little creatures on this huge ball can have any significant effect on the planet. I've flown to the other side of the planet at least 20 times and when I'm at 35,000 feet looking down at how huge the planet is and then comprehend the VOLUME of the earth and the atmosphere and compare those volumes to the volume of net pollution that we can generate I find it amazing that people think the tiny percentage of change we can generate as far as carbon or chemicals can ever change the earth. Sure, we can create a small local situation where the earth or the air is polluted but when that pollution gets dispersed it's far too small to create a lasting change in the environment. If we took all the known reserves of oil, gas and coal and burned it all in a big pit in a month's time we probably wouldn't do much more to the earth than a very large volcanic eruption. There would be destruction locally and there would be some disbursement around the globe but within a few years the planet would be back to normal and there would be no fuel left for us to burn other than biological fuel. This is not to say we should not try to keep our environment clean, but we really don't need to spend all of our savings to make a very tiny change. No one likes a dirty environment and that certainly includes me. I think the only true “threat” to our environment is nuclear or biological. A global nuclear war would most certainly destroy most human life and probably most animal life and a good bit of plant life. A genetically engineered disease could cause massive death or perhaps extermination of all human life.

When is the “Last Days”? Of course no one knows when or even how the end will come. One thing is certain, there is a “last day” for each of us. I definitely believe there will be an end because we live in a finite universe. I do know that in the short time I've been on this planet there have been many times when men have predicted that there will be an end of an age by a certain date and they have all been wrong. When someone says to me that a “prophet” has predicted a certain time for the “End Days” I always bet against it and I've always been right. When people were concerned about the Myan calender predicting the end in December of 2012 I was 100% sure that we would still be here in January. (I was right). Many “prophets” have lead many gullible people to sell all their goods and head to some special site for the last day and they've ALL been wrong. That's a pretty good statistic to depend on. End of the world prophets have been 100% wrong so if someone give a prediction that the end is coming on a certain date you can sleep easy that day knowing that statistic.

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This reads like the "testament" part of a "Last Will and....

Testament". In the old days they were not just legal documents discussing the disposition of assets, but a broad outline of what one had learned in life. Ultimately, this world will fail us and we will move on to the real live, but hopefully, you are not there yet. After reading it I think the rest of us are better off with you than without you.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

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Thanks for the kudos. I did

Thanks for the kudos. I did not know about the will statements. It would be good to include something like this in my will then...

Beware the cult of "government"...

Thanks for sharing!

I too am what some would call a Christian Universalist... I believe that Christ died for ALL MEN/WOMEN, i.e. everyone is going to heaven and there is no hell as presented by RELIGIONS! For me, Christ signifies that salvation (love) is unconditional, meaning it can't be earned. Like the love I have for my children, nothing they do can take that away. Their behavior may anger, disappoint, or sadden me (not usually because they are great kids!) but I still love them no matter what they 'do'.

We'll all see in due time as you said...thanks again for the post!

very nice post

Right from the heart. Thanks for sharing.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Agree with 90% except the

Agree with 90% except the burning all fossil fuels and thinking it won't change anything. Before you die i suggest you do some more thorough research on MAN MADE global climate change. Or better yet be an intern for the guys climbing/hiking in the arctic in hellish conditions to get core samples and get solid PHD information to your computer. Be a bit less ignorant on that subject. I would prefer to ask a scientist on the ground getting hard data than listen to a friends OPINION or watch the television for information.

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I use my life experiences

I use my life experiences since I cannot take a trip to Antarctica. When I was in High School the "scientists" were telling us how our tendency to burn "fossil fuels" was going to cause an ice age. The projections were that by the 1990's we would be out of fossil fuels and living in a frozen wasteland. Now some of the same scientist (those in their 80's) are telling us just the opposite. I see they have stopped making predictions on when we are going to run out of fuel since they have been wrong at every turn by a factor of x. Sorry, I don't trust these guys any farther than I can throw them (I'm in good shape but I'm sure I can't throw them more than a couple of feet). There have been many serious ecological issues in the past 100 years that are well documented and in every case the scientists have been wrong by a significant factor. Valdez, Hiroshima, Mt. Saint Helens, and on and on (I could cite many more). In all these cases nature on it's own has cleaned up our messes and done so on a much quicker time frame than the "experts" said it would. Really, the planet can take pretty good care of itself and the localized damage we do is insignificant to the whole planet (granted it's not pleasant to live in those areas and we certainly should avoid creating them). You see my argument is not that we should just make poo-poo everywhere on the planet but rather that we really don't need to panic over the management of waste.

Beware the cult of "government"...

"and for my final trick I'm going to roll over and die."

-my friend Tom

9-11 was a panda job.

I would be more impressed

if he died first, and then rolled over.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

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I'm guessing this must be a

I'm guessing this must be a reference to a sitcom or something?

Beware the cult of "government"...

I'm glad it's not today

I am fighting a very lethal disease. Totally on my own. No doctors, no insurance, no nothing. One day I won't be able to work any more and I don't know what's gonna happen to me. I'm the last of my line. There is no real family left. And that scares me deeply.

Paradoxically in death I become something I am not in life. Besides a corpse that is. I will be a real estate owner: I have a burial plot reserved for me in the mountains where we came from. I would will lie with my people in a location that is so pretty, so peaceful. And I long to see my people again. But who will pay to have my body brought there? Afterlife is the only way I can really hope to be reunited with them.

I think there is only one heaven. One Next Place. I imagine that I will meet all kinds of people there: Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Red Roaders. I will not be surprised to meet people who thought they were atheists and I won't be in the slightest bit surprised to find our animals there. Anything can happen.

This is what I HOPE. I have FAITH that God wants eternal relationship with us. But I still have room to WONDER. Do you see heaven as a static experience? That I cannot imagine. I think there must be some sort of continuing mission. God seems to be a very creative entity. I can't imagine God doing basically nothing.

I sometimes wonder if I have faith or simple sheer curiosity. Like I'm not sure what's gonna happen but it's bound to be just mind blowingly cool.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

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Smudge,

I know a little bit about where you stand spiritually, but I hope you will forgive me if I share my thoughts with you. You are not alone. There is a God who loves you more than you can ever imagine and I pray that He gives me the right words to help you not only know and believe this, but also help you to realize that you can know everything you desire to know about Him and do not have to do die to do so and can also have a peace that surpasses all understanding, no matter what your circumstances. I know that you equate all religions as being on the same plane and all lead to the same place, but that simply cannot be true. They cannot all be right. There can be a million different “religions” but in the end, there can only be one truth. Either we have to earn our way to Heaven or it is a gift of grace from a loving God. All religions in the world tell you that you must earn your way to Heaven by being “good” and doing “good deeds”, all except one, that is. Christianity is the only belief that tells you just the opposite. It tells you that the standard of good is not set by us, but by a holy, righteous God and not one of us lives up to His standard. Not one. And it is only His standard that matters. We all sin and fall short of God’s standards and whatever good we think we have done can never change that fact. Since God is justice in its’ purest form, he must punish our misdeeds or he no longer is worthy of the title of Just. Punishment from God means eternal separation from Him. But God is also love and mercy in its’ truest form and he got around that demand for punishment that justice requires by taking the punishment for ALL of our misdeeds upon Himself, in the human form of Jesus Christ. On that one day while he hung on the cross he took upon Himself the punishment for all the sins of all the people of the whole world…in one day the slate was wiped clean and death (both physical and spiritual) was forever defeated. That is why they say that it is at the cross where mercy and justice meet. The one requirement; however, is that you accept Him and what he’s done for you. I believe that when each of us dies we come before a righteous, holy God who will judge us for our every thought and deed and we will all be found guilty, save those who claim the only defense that God will ever accept and that is the blood of Christ. His blood covers all the sins of those who claim Him as their Savior. God’s justice cries out Guilty! And the Blood of Jesus cries out “Innocent, his fine was paid, set him free!” There are no exceptions, Smudge. Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven, there is no other. I am not saying this to be argumentative or divisive….I am saying this because it is true and because even though I have never met you, I love you and I want you to know exactly what will happen when you leave this earth, as we all will one day, and if you have Christ as your intercessor you will have an eternity with a loving, amazing, merciful Creator with limitless potential for joy and happiness and no pain will ever be felt again. I want that for you Smudge, I really do. I pray that the Lord will give you ears to hear. I wish you well Smudge, and my prayers will remain with you.

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I agree with your

I agree with your conclusions. The life in the hereafter will be mind blowingly fantastic beyond what we can imagine. I know we will meet there and sincerely hope that you can find peace. There should be some way that in the Daily Paul community can raise some funds for your case. Anyone know how we can do that? I will certainly donate for such a cause. Perhaps one of the kickstarter type web portals??

Beware the cult of "government"...

That sex thing

I stood at my fathers grave. A man who was quite talented as a business owner, architect and in many ways a good father. However he was undisciplined sexually (adultery and child abuse). That adultery and child abuse created pain in so many lives. Such pain. I was actually least affected. My brother even mentioned it in his last words at the grave concerning my father. Some of the people who were damaged stood nearby, others did not even come. He is most remembered as a person who caused huge pain to his family and is remembered even to his great grandchildren as a man who was driven by uncontrolled sexual urges to the detriment of all those around him. Sex is very powerful. You play around with it and it is like taking fire to your bosom, like the Bible says. Sex is a raging fire, a genie that once released from the bottle is very difficult to entice back in. No thanks. I will stand firm with my self respect. I will not damage those around me. I will continue to learn self control even though I am tempted like anyone else. I have learned self control in that I was a virgin at marriage and have been faithful to my wife for 32 years of marriage (I am 57 now). I want to hear well done thou good and faithful servant when I have accomplished my tasks on earth.

We are essentially in a prison while we are on earth, but what we do echos in eternity. We are here to be tested. I will be all that a man can be. I will love those around me, even strangers. I will be an inspiration to those I coach. I will do what is right. I will seek truth. I will find freedom. I will be ruled by no man. I will live life to it's fullest. I will immerse myself in beauty. I will be pleasing to my Creator. I will spend eternity in the presence of His love. I will most likely be killed, because the world can not stand to have people like me.

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I fully respect your position

I fully respect your position and I'm glad you are doing so well. Any kind of addiction can be detrimental to one's life and sex can also be an addiction. I do not believe that it has to be one however. There are many people and not everyone lives to the same standards. Certainly I don't believe that one should abuse anybody!

Beware the cult of "government"...

Another story from my life

Someone very close to me went to a foreign country and became pregnant. She was on birth control. She came back to have the baby. She then brought the guy back to marry. They married. He turned out to be a serial adulterer who likes to "rub his body" on any woman he can find. She got pregnant again before she realized what he was like and they divorced.

Effects

Kids with effectively no dad.
Constant drama over child support and visitation.
Lots of legal bills.
Single struggling mom.
Grandparents lives disrupted greatly to help fill the gaps.
Siblings of the mom impacted negatively.
Two great kids.

I know plenty of stories like this from people rubbing their bodies together. The price is very high for all involved.

More inspiration

Early in the Bible it states that we should live to 120 years of

...age. I believe we have that capacity if our lifestyles are fairly balanced.

So congratulations on making it to 60 years - look how many never get there. Look ahead with optimism and I invite you to join what I call "The 120 Club" (I'm 57, so I'm not far behind you).

We have too much living to do yet to think too much about dying - Not that I'm trying to deny this fact of existence.

So join me in the "120 Club" and go out and enjoy your life because remember...You're only halfway there!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I couldn't find a single

I couldn't find a single thing you said in all of your post that I didn't agree with. Nothing politically or religiously. I find it personally encouraging that at the age of 33 I have arrived at the same conclusions as a 60 year old man.

Of course that could also mean you are a crazy old man, and you are just reinforcing my own insanity. I don't discount the possibility.

Sometimes I find myself thinking I am just waiting around for a simulation to stop running, and I feel like an outside explorer on a foreign world watching people run around taking this life way too seriously. No one is getting out alive, but they sure do their best to try and fool themselves. I especially find it silly when people put so much emphasis on acquiring material wealth, that they can never "own", only temporarily possess. No U-haul is following our hearse.

I look at my son, and that is when I know my purpose in this life the most. I don't fear the concept of death, but I do fear the idea of extreme pain. I know God will call me when it's time, and I look forward to it, other than the separation from my loved ones that will be joining me later.

Thanks for your thoughtful post, and you may have me self identifying as a christian anarchist, but I gotta look it up first.

Peace, Love, and, Holy Fire.

Peace, Love, and, Holy Fire. See ya there. Great Post.

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

bookmarking--

this looks interesting.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

When I first...

...joined this site, I thought 'Christian Anarchist' was a far-out concept. Some of the moral arguments Dr. Paul had made in favor of Liberty, from his own Christian perspective, helped rescue me from the mainline, statist conservative delusions I'd been sucked into; but as I've matured within both my faith and this movement, I've found the juxtaposition of the two, Liberty and Christ's Love, drawing me closer and closer to the boundary between minarchism and anarchism.

Now I'm downloading books like Leo Tolstoy's 'The Kingdom of God is Within You', Murray Rothbard's 'For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto', Michael Huemer's 'The Problem of Political Authority', etc. and finding from my further meditations on Scripture that 'Christian Anarchism' is not so far-out an idea to me any longer.

I think seeing your screen name pop up all over the place has helped plant that very meme in my head to make me at least wonder about it, whether that is a good description for myself (although like you said, historically, it has had various connotations such as pacifism, etc. which wouldn't describe me.) So you are certainly having an influence, at least on myself. :)

As for death and all -- I appreciate your sharing your outlook, your worldview, etc. We have some similar views on many things.

Ultimately, though, those who dethrone Self and embrace the Son, will have great hope:

I Corinthians 15:

"20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive...

54 ...So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written 'Death is swallowed up in victory.'

55 'O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?'

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Death is just a door...Am glad we both share that hope. :) (And I believe all will truly be made alive again this way, eventually.)

It’s A Good Day …

CA, evidently we both see eye to eye on damn near everything

I've often seen and read your posts, but this is quite definitive. I appreciate that you took the time not only to say what you feel, but why you feel that way. So important. Thank you so much for sharing your true self.

If there is an afterlife it'd be awful swell to meet ya there one day :D

Thanks for sharing

End of life stuff gets me emotional, but I'm glad you have this perspective on it, and I hope to have a similar one someday. I think if I ever go back to my faith somehow, it would look similar to yours. It's strange to think I'm writing this comment to a 60-year old (I'm 29), an age group which apart from the Internet, I would probably never have a chance to hear your thoughts and respond to them, especially the more spiritual and emotional ones. There is a real comradeship and closeness on this website that I've come to appreciate.

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I'd like to take you out for a beer someday.

And listen to what you have to say, about everything.

It's a shame our community is so anonymous.

It's a shame that I can't meet many of the folks who have come and gone.

If you ever decide you want a free beer, let me know.

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You're 60+, I'm 31 ....

You're 60+ years old, and I am 31 years young at about half your age. I just wanted to say thank you for your insight and that I really took the time to read every word of your comments. I've made some very terrible mistakes lately that have fundamentally changed the course of the rest of my life. I guess you could say that I am still confused about the correct path to redemption, whether it be spiritual or completely personal. I appreciate you taking the time for the sake of younger generations.

Sincerest regards!

One of the great things about

One of the great things about the DP, perhaps the best thing, is that this is a place where we who see the world through an uncommon lens can come to confirm our sanity.

I too am nearing 60 and have reached most all of the same conclusions as you, with just a few exceptions.

The Christ thing I'm not too sure about, although I do believe it's obvious that the "everything from nothing" theory is laughable. There is a greater power, no doubt about that.

My only nitpick with you is this; I believe that when you kill a human who is not attempting to kill you it's murder. If that person is living in your womb (however they got there) you are murdering them if you take them out before they can survive.

True, except in the case of rape. To deny the rape exception is to agree that, were you or I walking down the street one day only to be accosted by a thug with a baseball bat, and upon weakening in a hospital, connected through life support to another person, that unless we stayed so connected for the next nine months to that person then we were guilty of murder.

It might be the charitable, Christian thing to stay connected, but there is no moral imperative, and if you or I chose to be disconnected, that would not be murder.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Abortion is murder, the only

Abortion is murder, the only exception to abortion from rape is that it is justifiable murder.

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I do not give a woman a

I do not give a woman a "pass" for murdering her baby if it was the result of rape (statistically rape accounts for only a very small percentage of unwanted pregnancy). The reason is you are still killing a small human who has done you no harm. I do recognize that you could make a claim that this small human is "trespassing" and as such you would have a right to evict if you could find a way to evict without murder. I do however feel that the "government" (whatever that is) has no business in this arrangement and if she does take steps to murder her child it's really only between her and the Creator. I certainly will not avenge the death (and make no mistake, it IS a death).

Beware the cult of "government"...

The frequency at which

The percentage of pregnancies that occur as a result of rape has no bearing on whether a woman who is raped has a moral obligation to continue her pregnancy.

Yes, if she chooses to abort, the result is a death, and that's tragically unfortunate, but how can you call it murder when the woman had no part in the creation of the fetus other than being a fertile female?

It's a very different scenario from that of a woman who becomes pregnant after engaging in consensual sex.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein