The events in Ireland this week have been much discussed. While there are a thousand perspectives on it, though, one truth cannot be denied: Abortion is an unnatural act. That is to say, it is literally an act against creation, and writ large it exposes a terrible failure of humanity itself. We have so distanced ourselves from the nature of God that we, collectively, think we can deny it, blind ourselves to it, overrule it. But we cannot, and the evidence of that fact is everywhere, if we care to look for it.
God is ever creating the universe and we are all a part of that. Creation, after all, was not just In The Beginning but is also now, right now. The unmoved mover by His stillness keeps everything in motion, alive, creating, being. From atoms to the universe itself, everything is in movement. It is ingredient in the nature of things, ingredient in the world we live in, clear from the simple observation of creation.
God’s infiniteness cannot be constrained by His stillness, for it is infinite, so instead it drives all that is around Him, all that He has created and is creating now. God Is. He Himself said to Moses: “I AM WHO AM. Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.” And that is the key point of the matter. It is not central that He was Creator, it is central that His is Creating now.
In this whirlwind of motion, of being, of infinite infiniteness He created all of us, individually. Human beings are special. They are not like the animals, not even like the angels. We are a part of a great experiment called Free Will. Infused by God with a soul at the moment of our creation, we each represent a facet of the infiniteness of God. A unique sliver of the everything that God is, we were put into the world to cope, thrive, suffer and, eventually, exist forever. Every finite human being is connected to God in their soul, and by God to everyone else.
All of this is to say we are all children of God, he is the Father of Creation—not just the creation back then, but the creation of this moment. As such, in such a whirlwind of divine fecundity, how could we die? Alas we cannot. We too are eternal, not infinite, but eternal. We can return to our Maker during this life and recognize Him or we can freely reject Him. All of our choices decide the matter. All of our attitudes. All of what we Will during this time we are given, this time we are tested.
It is in this perspective that the matter of taking an innocent life must be viewed. In the midst of a universe of creation, of motion, of love, of endless moments alive with life, it is a choice to end another’s earthly existence. It is a choice to go against the movement of God, the instinct to create, to move, to dance, to live, to love.
The life ended, on this plane of existence, is violently treated but it is eternal. But the simple fact that we can offer such a choice, given what we have been told and shown for so long, is even more unthinkable and unnatural. It is a rejection of the God that Is. Nature is demonstrating to us how to be, hinting, prodding, revealing. To end an innocent human life is to reject these messages, to deny the nature of creation that moves like a wind around us.
The sad vote in Ireland last week shows we are much farther from where we are supposed to be than we can even imagine.