Posts tagged “Procreation

Sermo Dei: Psalm 115

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Man is joined to what he worships. Worship the corruptible things, and you will go to corruption. Worship the One in whom there is life—the One who is Life—and you will live. Tonight’s Psalm begins and ends with the praise of God. Man gets no praise or credit, not even for his worship. All glory belongs to the God who creates life, gives life, shares life. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory” (Ps. 115:1). What happens when you instead give yourself over to the adoration of corruptible things? You become what they are. The psalmist is thinking specifically of the pagan worship where the gods are depicted in statues: “Their idols are … the work of…

The child-man and the atrophying of the protective instinct

Posted on November 15th, 2012

What has led to the culture of the “child-man,” the perpetual adolescence of so many males in our culture? Mary Eberstadt in Adam and Eve after the Pill sees two reasons this is the result of the sexual revolution: First, [the sexual revolution] has led to an atrophying of the protective instinct in many men—because many have nothing to protect. The powerful majority desire for recreative rather than procreative sex has led not only to a marriage dearth, but also to a birth dearth; and as the old saying correctly goes, “Adults don’t make babies; babies make adults.” Come back tomorrow for the second reason.

It is wickedness to prevent conception

Posted on July 26th, 2012

How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together in a respectable manner have various ends in mind, but rarely children. -Luther, AE 3

The begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to God

Posted on July 25th, 2012

And it seems that God wanted to teach and attest that the begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to Him, in order that we might realize that He upholds and defends His Word when He says: “Be fruitful.” He is not hostile to children, as we are. Many of us do not seek to have offspring. But God emphasizes His Word to such an extent that He sometimes gives offspring even to those who do not desire it, yes, even hate it. Occasionally, of course, He does not give it to some who earnestly desire it. It is His purpose to test them. And, what is more, He seems to emphasize procreation to such an extent that children are born even to adulterers and…

“Be fruitful and multiply” an article of faith

Posted on July 24th, 2012

At that time faith ruled in the fathers, and also faith in this article (Gen. 1:28): “Be fruitful and multiply.” In our age, especially after those papistic monstrosities of celibacy, marriage has been deprived of its prestige and due honor, and true knowledge of the Word and ordinance of God has become extinct. Among the fathers this knowledge was pure and proper. For this reason they had a very high regard for the begetting of children. Luther on Genesis 25 (AE 3)

Human Sexuality: Its meaning and purpose

Posted on March 20th, 2012

During Immanuel’s Sunday morning Scripture Study, we’ve been spending some time in recent weeks discussing various aspects of the HHS mandate requiring religious employers, against their conscience and religious beliefs, to provide sterilization, abortion-causing drugs, and contraception to their employees. We discussed the mandate itself, the government’s increasing hostility to expressions of Christianity, and more recently, the meaning and purpose of human sexuality. Below is a segment where I listed some of the key Scriptural texts and then wrote a summary of what I believe the Bible’s teaching to be on sexuality.   What does the Bible teach about human sexuality? Gen. 1.28 Gen. 2.24f Gen. 4.1 Gen. 9.1, 6, 7 Gen. 18.9-14 Gen. 38.6-10 Ps. 127.3-5 Mal. 2.14f God made the man and…

Abraham and Hagar: pro-choice paradigm

Posted on February 14th, 2012

In a previous post we looked at the pro-choice attitudes of Christians when it comes to children. Choice gone awry—demanding “yes” when God has said “no” or “not yet”—can be seen already in the account of Abraham and the imperiled Seed of promise. Abraham and his wife Sarah are barren. God had promised that He would make Abraham’s seed multiply, and in his Seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. Doubting God’s Word, they take matters into their own hands. The quest for a child at any cost leads them to disregard the marriage covenant, and Abraham has intercourse with Hagar. The pro-choice mindset is corrupt to the core because it sets aside the right of the Lord to choose where,…

Marriage as the church’s nursery

Posted on December 2nd, 2011

Profound commentary on Genesis 9:1-7 by Luther: This chapter confirms marriage; for through His Word and command God joins the male with the female, and that for the definite purpose of filling the earth with human beings. Because before the Flood God had been provoked to wrath by the sin of lust, it was necessary, on account of this awful expression of wrath, to show now that God does not hate or condemn the lawful union of a man and a woman but wants the human race to be propagated by it. This was a sure proof for Noah that God actually loves man, is well disposed toward him, and has now put away all wrath. He wants human beings to be propagated through…

TLSB is pro-child

Posted on December 1st, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised to read this comment on Genesis 9:7 in The Lutheran Study Bible: More than a repetition of v 1, this accompanies v 6 as a basic ordinance that will be binding upon humankind as long as the earth stands.