Well, that certainly reduces the number of Christians in the world by a considerable margin.
Too right you are!
What did the Master say? "Wide the path that leads to destruction, narrow the path that leads to life. Few find it." (Matthew 7:13)
The first thing you need to understand about Christianity is that it is not a numbers game, nor a popularity contest. Christian's don't care whether Megan Markle approves of their religion.
The truth of Christianity does not depend on how many Christians there are. There will be a lot of surprises on the day of judgement, that is for sure. Joe Bible Thumper who spent his life bullying Catholics, Mormons and JW's, may find himself out in the cold while he sees Carol Catholic, who believed in the IC of Mary admitted into heaven. On the other hand Joe Catholic who supported abortion all his life, even after warnings from Church authorities yet used his influence to help the poor, have a generous immigration policy will be told to depart from the Lord's presence, while Bob the Muslim who though was not able to make an explicit proclamation of Christ as Lord and Savior, yet lived a humble life as Christ lived will be admitted to heaven.
Indeed, there will be a lot of surprises on Judgement Day. Between you and I--I think the Christian fundamentalists will be the ones who are the most shocked to find that---they aren't the only ones in heaven---but also shocked to find that many of their number did not make the cut. And by the way--I hope to see you in heaven. You may disagree me; that does not mean I judge you. Judgement is up to God.
In other words---what I am getting at is that rea; Christianity is a way of life. It is not in memorizing Bible verses, a profession of perfect theology, etc. Real Christianity is in one's ACTIONS. (This is something fundamentalists do not seem to get.)
Leaving aside the fact that there are many atheists who are pro-life, I don't think that you have the authority to declare that anymore who supports abortion disqualifies themselves from being a Christian.
You are right: I don't have that authority. But I do not need a formal proclamation from someone in authority to declare what is true. Right and wrong and declaring what is right and wrong do not depend on whether I have "formal authority" (whatever that means) to declare it. You can tell me all about gravity. Me asking you if you have a PhD in physics, and telling you that without being formally studied in Physics you have no authority to declare the laws or gravity to me does not negate the laws of gravity.
In other words, sir, I do not need to be the pope, or the Dalai Lama to know right and wrong when I see it, nor to declare it, anymore than you need a PhD in physics to be able to tell me about gravity.
Certainly, being racist doesn't, as history attests. That your personal interpretation of your faith tradition makes abortion unacceptable, I can quie accept.
It isn't my personal interpretation, sir. Religion is not "personal interpretation" anymore than Science is, sir. Religion is just as objective as science.
But there are others in your faith, and some I know personally including the mother of my grandson, who would disagree with you and would reject your views as intolerant and abhorrent in the eyes of Christ.
So what? Of course they would disagree! They do not want to change their views on abortion becasue that would be too hard. It is easier for them to deny the truth than change their views. They want to support abortion. When their religion is against it, it is easier for them to bury their heads in the sand and go "La, la, la, I can't hear you" and or act as if the one who tells them that their beliefs are not compatible with the religion they claim to believe is the one who is the problem rather than them, and or claim that it is the religion that needs to change rather than them.
So yeah--of COURSE they would disagree with me and act as if I am the problem, not them. I point you back to the Master: "Wide the path to destruction."
Truth is truth, sir. It does not depend on how the mother of your grandson feels about it. And you can quote me!
The same can be said of all the major Christian traditions. Abortion is nowhere described as a salvic issue, except here perhaps.
Lot's of things are not specifically described as a salvific issue. Racism is nowhere described as a salvific issue. Does it follow racism is compatible with Christianity?
By the way--when I say is or is not Christian, I am talking about the objective beliefs and actions--what I can see. I am not judging the heart. In other words-I make no judgement about one's salvation. Only their objective actions and beliefs. In other words--the mother of your grandson if she supports abortion yet calls herself Christian--is flat out wrong. She is not Christian if she supports abortion. What that means about heaven or hell---is God's business, not mine.
Support for abortion places one on the path to death just as smoking places one on the path to cancer. Whether one gets cancer---is another story, just like whether the abortion supporter goes to hell is up to God.
The most a medical doctor can do is warn people of the risks of smoking. The most I can do is warn people of the risks of supporting things not compatible with their religion.