Question Submitted: I read the following statement in an answer you gave to another submitted question: “God calls doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses, not to risk the lives of innocent children for the sake of their parents’ happiness.” Who are you to determine what God calls others to do? How can you be certain they are not called to assist these families in being created?
I think the answer you seek is in the very statement you quote. Take a look at it, again.
“God calls doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses, not to risk the lives of innocent children for the sake of their parents’ happiness.”
Doctors, in the very oath they take before beginning a life of medical service to their community, promise always to help and heal and restore people through their practice of medicine. Never are they intentionally to hurt, harm, or kill their patients, yet this is exactly what happens to most of the children doctors create through the procedure of in vitro fertilization. Not only do doctors grade, test, discard, freeze, selectively terminate, and medically disrespect these genetically whole human beings after their creation, but the children who are finally chosen for attempted implantation stand only a 29.4% chance of surviving implantation. (Don’t take my word for it. Look up the statistics for yourself on WebMD. You can find the implantation success rate stats on page two of this article.)
This means most of these children are created simply to die.
In light of God’s Word (Exodus 20), we all can boldly confess together that God does not call anyone to create children simply to die.
In fact, God’s Word gives us certainty (1 Samuel 2:6) that God does not call anyone to create children, period. He reserves this miraculous gifting for Himself. Children are His blessing spoken over the institution of marriage (Genesis 1:26-28), His gift to give, His heritage to bestow (Psalm 127). And, while God is generous in the giving of His good gifts, nowhere in His Word does He promise the gift of children to every person, neither does His Word bid us to create our own heritage of children where He in His wisdom has not given them. Quite the opposite, God’s Word reveals to us the plight and agony which can result from creating our own heritage of children apart from God’s plan and promise.
“Who are you?” you ask. I am a barren woman who is free in Christ (Galatians 5:13) to seek healing medicine from my doctors for my infertility but not to create and kill children on my own.
But, again, don’t take my word for it. Take another barren woman’s:
“The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.” 1 Samuel 2:6 (ESV)
Creation is God’s business, not ours.