You May Hate Me for This Question

Posted on August 14, 2019


By David Ettinger

The Backdrop
As you may remember, I posted a blog last week titled, “Does God Really Determine the Moment Our Death?”

The gist was how my thinking began to change in 1998 when I saw the movie Saving Private Ryan. I researched the D-Day invasion and found that many of the U.S. soldiers who perished were between the ages of 18 and 22.

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that these men would not have died at such a young age had a war not been going on. In other words, I don’t believe that God predetermines the exact moment of our deaths (though he certainly could), but allows the ills of this sin-stained world to impact us each individually, hence accounting for our time of death.

At least 95 percent of those who read the blog disagreed (and diplomatically so –­ thank you), as did all of those I work with here at Zion’s Hope, Inc., believing that yes, God does determine our precise moment of death.

The Question
As some of us were discussing this issue during lunch, the subject arose of those who die in the womb, either by miscarriage or abortion. That triggered my brain, and I posed a question which made my fellow diners uncomfortable.

I asked, “Since you believe that God predetermines our day of death, did He preordain that these babies would die in the womb, never, quite literally, to see the light of day?”

This is not an abortion issue. Of course the Lord would not sanction such Satan-inspired evil. My point is that those who say that God determines the precise moment of death claim that our life expectancy on Earth is fixed and cannot be altered.

In other words, those 18 to 22 year olds who died on D-Day would have died at those ages anyway, even if there was no war going on. Likewise, the question: If those in the womb who were aborted had not been aborted, would they have died some other way, but at the same age in the womb?

I’d love your feedback. Don’t feel the need to be conclusive, but I love hearing what mature, intelligent believers think about such difficult issues.

A Final Word
One thing I will say about all this. As believers, we see our lives as a singular unit, but in two phases: the temporal and the eternal. So, ultimately, knowing what awaits us, whether we live 2 years on this Earth, or 120 years, it is but an iota of an iota of an iota of a mote of dust compared with our eternal glory, and none of the above will really matter. But in the meantime, I can’t help the thoughts that come into my head, especially as they relate to our glorious, radiant, and eternal Heavenly Father!