Monday, August 23, 2010

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Baby?

Reposted from August 2007

From Mary Pride's book, "The Way Home."

"What freedom do babies cost us? Do they interfere with our freedom to love and serve God? No; they interfere with our freedom to indulge in ‘the lustful desires of sinful human nature,’ as Peter puts it, ranging from common childhood selfishness to full-fledged adult depravity.”

“These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words, and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” 2 Peter 2:17 – 19

“Babies tie us down only if our hearts are yearning to be elsewhere.”

“Perhaps God will give you the same number of children whether or not you coat yourself with sludge or sheath your husband in rubber. In that case, why go through the discomfort of contraception needlessly?”

As for world overpopulation and ZPG (zero growth population)…”Despite the congestion near the urbanized sea-coasts, most of the planet is still largely empty. As Felice points out, ‘We could put the entire world population in the state of Texas and each man, woman and child could be allotted 2,000 square feet [the average home ranges between 1,400 and 1,800 square feet] and the whole rest of the world would be empty.”

As for the provision necessary for a new baby in a home….”The Lord doesn’t give you a little lamb without giving you a pasture for him.”

“I won’t say that in a day like ours when evil is called good, and good evil, we won’t be persecuted for embracing motherhood wholeheartedly. But as Jesus said, ‘Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.’ Luke 6:22, 23. Now is the time to make the most of our opportunity to bear children for Christ…”

“Isaiah 8:11-15 says, “The Lord spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: ‘Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes the men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall…Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.’ Why should we stumble at God’s teachings? Let us say like Isaiah, ‘Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me (Isa. 8:18). The Lord is the one worth fearing. The Lord is the only one worth dreading. Not snide neighbors. Not anti-baby activists. And definitely not babies.”

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