Monday, November 22, 2010

Sterilization - Is it murder?

Q. So, if you're against sterilization, and believe that God thinks it's taking over His realm, then is it murder to prevent a pregnancy?

A. Certinaly sterilization is not murder, so that is actually better than the hormonal methods of birth control. However, better is not always best.

Mark and I take God at His Word that children are blessings. We want those blessings if and when He chooses to create them. They are the most talked about and coveted blessings in the Bible, but sadly most Christians not only will accept, but also seek out other such blessings such as money, a bigger home, a nicer car, while preventing life from being conceived in one way or another. We welcome the children God chooses to create in my womb. We allow God to have that control over if and when He creates another eternal soul.

Here's some food for thought (Scripturally) that, years ago, really turned our thoughts on this subject upside down...

One of the best verses in the Bible to point out that only GOD knows when our quiver is full is this: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord keeps the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." Psalm 127:1
  • The word “builds” in Hebrew is “Banah,” which actually means “to obtain children.”* A form of "banah" is also used for the word "house," which is translated as "especially family."
  • "In Vain" is "shav" = "or shav {shav}; in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjective), uselessness (as deceptive, objective; also adverbially, in vain)".
  • Then, the word "keep" is "shamar" which is translated, "hedge about/protect/preserve."
  • In other words: "Unless the Lord obtains [sends] the children to the family, he who himself obtains children, labors uselessly; destructively; desolating himself in his idolatry. Unless the Lord protects; places a hedge about; preserves, the watchman stays awake uselessly."

This is also the same Psalm that talks of how happy a man is who has a quiver full of children! Wow! Amazingly laid out all in that one short chapter! Is that a command in this instance? No. BUT it is a warning as to how we labor for the wrong (earthly) things and refuse God's blessings of eternal souls entrusted to our care.

Essentially, sterilization and birth control are ways of telling the Creator of the universe; the Creator of HUMAN SOULS when and if He should have the control to create. When we take control of our womb and deny or delay His creations, we are telling God "hands off" until I tell you otherwise. We, as the clay, are looking at THE POTTER and saying that we will take on the burden of helping Him prevent His own creations. We are using our finite minds to see where we cannot see. ONLY Jesus creates life and if He is the ONLY one who can see farther down the road than we can, who are we, as simple foolish humans, to take the control from Him and assume that God cannot provide if we *allow HIIM* to create new souls within our wombs. Seems rather arrogant to me to assume that GOD needs our help in creating/preventing life and providing for His own.

I will take any BLESSINGS that God sends my way....more money, a larger house, a newer vehicle...and CHILDREN (the MOST talked about and "coveted" blessing in the Bible). In our society we take some blessings that will ENHANCE our lifestyles, and EXPAND our wallets or societal status, but we reject the eternal souls that will be with us, as a blessing, for ETERNITY. Mark and I have placed our trust on the foresight of God, who is the only One who can see farther down the road than we.

[P.S....Some have asked about my thoughts on fertility treatments in relation to my thoughts here. So, here's an older post on mine and my thoughts on that. :) Hope it helps to answer some questions!]


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Anonymous said...

What are your thoughts about fertility treatments. Isn't that the same as sterilization and birth control in taking God's will into "your" own hands?

Lisa (Lively) Metzger said...

Here's something I blogged about on fertility treatments. Hope it answers everyone's questions on what I believe. Some of it is the same as what was in this post. :)