Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Should we bring children into this fallen and miserable world? On what basis?

This question arose in my AP English Literature and Composition class after Reading Paradise Lost.

First of all God commanded us to, “be fruitful and multiply” in the dominion mandate. It was not a burden though; it was a blessing!

“ And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:…”

Genesis 1:28
This blessing/command does not change after sin and death are brought into the world. In Genesis 35:11 we see God giving Jacob the same command :

“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply;…” (emphasis mine)

Having established that it is a clear command and a wonderful blessing from God, we should need no other reasons to obey Him, yet there are many.

Being believers in a fallen and sinful world gives us all the more reason to bring forth more soldiers for the army of God. These children are not only blessings to their parents, but to all of mankind. They have the potential to make a difference; to spread the gospel; to fight for justice. Why hinder that?

Are we afraid of the wickedness?

“…but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” (emphasis mine) 1 John 5:18

If we are born again in Christ; If we are one of His children, then evil CANNOT touch us! This is not to say physical harm and all types of adversities will not come upon us and our children. But, we do not have to fear these things, because if we have repented of our sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has done for us, our souls will be safe for eternity with our King.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

So to conclude, yes we should bring children into this fallen and miserable world; One, because we are commanded by God to; two because they will spread His light; and three because it demonstrates the faith we have in our Creator. We must trust God to use us and our children, and never fear what evil can do, because our God is bigger and stronger than any of it.

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