Writing about abortion, I have been running into statistics like those expressed in this chart about the miscarriage rate. As you can see, it is estimated that 75% of pregnancies spontaneously abort before the mother knows she is pregnant.
Beyond that, be careful with interpretation. The next statistic means that 10% of the 25% of pregnancies that survive the first few days will then go on to spontaneously abort in the next period. Then 5% of the pregnancies that have survived the first two periods will spontaneously abort in the next one . . . and so on.
If we read that incorrectly and assume that 10% of the original pregnancies will spontaneously abort in the next period, then 5% of the original pregnancies in the next period after that, we end up with a chart that seems to imply that almost 100% of all pregnancies spontaneously abort. Added to our 20-25% intentional abortion rate, that would make a birth rate of, say, 0%!!!
Now, for those of us who regard a fertilized egg as possessing an eternal soul from the moment of conception, there is a staggering thought here.
Take just a moment to contemplate that far more than half of the human race never gets to the birth process.
We pretty universally agree that those who have a soul and never reach the age of accountability go to heaven automatically.
So over half the human race will be in heaven without having ever taken one breath on this planet. Without having made a choice to follow the God of the Bible. In fact, He chose for them.
Now, I want us to dare consider another thought. In the matter of election that can be so controversial, is it possible that God chose for the rest of us, too?
I know some Arminian folks are aghast at this idea. Choice is very important to them. They call it “free will.”
But is it as important to God as it sometimes is to us? We love our choices, but does He see them the same way we do?
Especially the choice to be saved.
We willingly acknowledge that He knows who will be saved in the end.
Could He also have chosen them, chosen for them to come to the part of their life where they get saved?
It’s just a thought . . .