God and Evil [Causes of Infertility]Rev. John Gawrisch
The Moral and Scriptural Principles Concerning Test-Tube Babies Paper Presented October 1, 1980
We must recognize that as a result of the Fall of man into sin, man no longer has that state of perfection in which he was created. This imperfection takes many forms. Infertility, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, and other causes for barrenness are not to be blamed upon God. Neither may they be the results of a particular sin committed by the individuals affected. But they are the results of original sin and the consequent departure from the perfection which God created. God is not at fault for the defect, but he may permit the effect.
But God assures all married couples who cannot produce their own children biologically, this is not a cross which is heavier than they can bear, or something that will cause them to lose their faith in God. "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (Corinthians 10:13). What then, is the "way to escape" in infertility?
Perhaps microsurgery is the answer, and the writer knows of nothing to forbid it in Scripture. But in vitro fertilization is definitely not the answer. Oh yes, it can be truly stated that three test-tube births have been successfully accomplished. It is also true that the conceptions would not have happened unless God brought them about. The fetuses would not have been preserved until birth without God's hand protecting them. But when there is so much life destroyed with in vitro fertilization, which is not God's will, would it not be that successful test-tube births are brought about in that God concurs by refraining from acting, inasmuch as He does not place insurmountable difficulties in their way and prevent them from occurring?
Aren't other better "ways to escape" for infertile couples taking care of the homeless and abused children of the world through adoption or foster parenthood? Perhaps, our money and energy could be better spent by helping to educate and feed the children already present in the world. Or maybe the infertile couple could seek out a job working with children where this love for them may be satisfied. And who knows? Hannah’s barrenness was cured through prayer. Could not a faith that is able to move mountains remove a little fallopian tube blockage?
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