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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Why We Are not Quiverfull - Part 4 - Reasons 4-6
Here is Part 4 of the series on why we are not Quiverfull. If you have not read the introduction or Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 you may wish to start with those by clicking on the respective links.
This part includes three new reasons covering the subjects of nature, as God created it; how Quiverfull can affect the sexual relationship in marriage; and the problem of poor parenting.
Psalms 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Various animals have a basic, God-given instinct to survive. Some will abandon their young when there isn't enough food available for them to survive - during a drought perhaps. (I'm not suggesting infanticide, so don't even go there!) Some animals will have fewer offspring when there is a shortage of food. I have heard that wolves will not even mate if there is not enough food. So we see that limiting or reducing population is a basic instinct in wild animals to ensure survival and promote healthy offspring. They cannot reason as we can and do not even have a free will as we do. How much more responsible should humans be in such decisions?
I am not talking about the typical humanist idea of reducing the world population. Generally speaking, that is promoted for self-serving and greedy reasons. However, since God built this mechanism into at least some of His creatures, it would be folly for us to deny that it has a useful place in creation! I realize this will probably rub some people the wrong way, but I have come to realize that there are things we take for granted as "good, godly" beliefs which we did not get from the Bible or the reality of how God made this world.