There is a great post going around the blogosphere about how the early church was opposed to abortion. Found in the Didache, an early book written to help believers understand what they were to believe and what was forbidden, it condemns abortion. You can find a post on it over at Neil‘s, and at Wintery Knight. Go and read both. But I do have to quote Wintery Knight here. I really liked what he wrote:
Honestly, there is no real factual disagreement on abortion. People justify killing the weak the same way as they always do – because the weak are in their way and they are stronger and can get away with it. The politically correct jibber-jabber about “choice” is just to make them (the man and the woman) feel good afterward. Really, abortion is just selfishness taken to the nth degree – you create another human being by recreational sex (fun) and then you kill them in order to avoid have to take responsibility for that new life. It’s like going out and getting drunk then getting behind the wheel of a car and killing someone with the car. It may not be what they intended to do, but it was their decisions that led up to it. They’re responsible. But they don’t want to face the natural consequences of their own actions, and they are willing to do the most heinous crime imaginable in order to do so. Sex makes babies. If you can’t welcome a baby into the world, don’t have sex. I don’t. And the chance of getting a woman pregnant is of the reasons why. (One of the others is that I don’t want to hurt a woman by leaving her after sex – which is why I believe in married sex. I don’t want to hurt anyone, most of all babies.
Given the pro-life practices of the early church, I find it hard to understand how people can think that fornicating (pre-marital sex) and abortion are OK. We were not like that then, and we shouldn’t be like that now. Sex was not a recreational activity then, and it is not a recreational activity now.
You think this would be obvious in our society, but alas, the arrogance of modernity has kicked in. That arrogance is that since our society as a whole knows more than the the societies of the olden days, we are smarter and more enlightened. Truth be told, we are dumber and more in the dark. Not that I want to return to such societies, but there is no room for the arrogance of modernity. After all, who is smarter, the guy who can figure out a quicker way to start a fire, using matches, or the first guy to discover fire?