For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.
I commented on another blog last week about the unfortunate comments of Richard Mourdock who said that "I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." I suggested that he probably meant that the child itself was conceived as a gift from God. It seems like a cruel joke to inflict on a woman who has been raped, but another verse was running through my head yesterday, too.
No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
God does not cause evil, but He knows what is going to happen, and perhaps the child is the "way out" for the victim. Obviously, in our fallen, anti-life society many of these babies are simply aborted as a way of forgetting the pain. I don't know any survivors of rape (or if I do, they haven't told me), but I wonder how many who carry their babies to term are sorry that they did so. I'm sure that the babies are often given up for adoption, but the mother has the satisfaction of knowing that she didn't compound the evil done to her. And the mothers who keep their babies---do those children end up bringing joy to their wounded moms? Maybe at some point, the mom will be able to say that while a terrible crime was perpetrated on her, she's okay because she has a precious child that wouldn't have existed otherwise. I can't imagine any woman who kept her child regretting that decision!
Every child is a gift. You hear that all the time in the abortion debate. It's true, but probably even more so in the case of a rape.