Life Library — Procreation Issues

The Child as a Gift of God — Commended by the 2019 LCMS convention, this paper examines the many subtle ways that American culture rejects life as a fundamental gift of God and instead sees “having a baby” as a human accomplishment.

Be Fruitful and Multiply (by Lucas Woodford) — God’s first command to humanity is, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28). It’s a command not only to reproduce children, but to reproduce families. There’s much talk about the decline in the Church today, and for good reason.

Be Fruitful and Multiply (by William M. Cwirla) — While all creatures are driven by the creative impulse to “be fruitful and multiply,” man uniquely does this within a narrow context of intimacy, commitment, covenant and community.

Hannahs in the Pew — She was overwhelmed with grief and sorrow. Her husband loved her, but still she felt cursed by God. Indeed, she felt that ancient curse spoken over the first woman: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children” (Gen. 3:16). Who is this woman? These words describe Hannah, but many other Hannahs sit in the pews of our churches, empty, sad, bearing with bitterness the curse in their bodies.

In Vitro Fertilization: Moral or Immoral? — Some moral issues involved with in vitro fertilization are the dilemma of leftover embryos, the loss of embryos that do not implant, the unmarried woman seeking pregnancy, the use of donor sperm or egg and, perhaps most importantly, the increasing separation of the biological from the relational inherent in reproductive technologies.

The Mystery of Marriage — This article is a summary of the theology of marriage that can serve as a foundation for evaluating the implications of reproductive technologies from a Christian perspective.

Not Alone —To our brothers and sisters who long to be parents: You are not alone. Not only are others like you — wanting children to serve and love, to cry and laugh with — but also Mary’s Son. Jesus bears this burden with you.

Reproductive Ethics: A Summary — We need to distinguish the critique of reproductive technologies from a criticism of people we may know who have made use of them. This information is offered to Christian couples to help them think about the possible use of reproductive technologies.

Resolution 6-10: Guidance on Contraceptive Methods — The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Sanctity of Human Life Committee offers this document in response to resolution 6-10 placed before the Synod’s 2004 convention.

A Review of Reproductive Technologies — Because reproductive ethics is a little known quantity for the average person, the following topics are offered as a simple guide for discussion and consideration in personal decision-making: assisting procreation, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and surrogate motherhood.

Saved Through Childbearing? — There I sat in Sunday School, paging through my Bible like the saintly child I was, when I tripped on this: “Yet [women] will be saved through childbearing — if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (1 Tim. 2:15).

Surrogate Motherhood — A Clerical Case — The whole point of marriage as a paradigm of God’s relationship with His people is to illustrate the oneness of what we are given in marriage and in the gift of a child as its outcome. Careless sentimentality in reproductive ethics erases this message of God to us.

What About Embryo Adoption? — He is a child. One sperm fertilizes one egg in a petri dish, and a human life begins. He has 23 pairs of chromosomes. He has his own genetic traits and family history. He is a human being for whom Jesus Christ died, just like you and me. He is a gift to his parents from the Lord. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Ps. 127:3).

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