Are all of the prophecies of the Old Testament applicable to Christians? In other words, it's like Isaiah 54 or 55 it talks about "widen your tent and make room you barren who have never bore a child." Wasn't that really for Israel? Is that still applicable for Christians today?
It's a good point. Number one, the interpretation is for Israel. But the
application applies to anyone who believes that they have a relationship with
God because remember the reason why God gave the promises to Israel that He
gave. It's because Israel was the new name given to Jacob and Jacob was the
grandson of Abraham and Abraham is the one to which God made the promises to
begin with. So, all the things that God ever does for Israel is because He made
a covenant with Abraham. And in Galatians 3:29, the Bible says if we belong to
Christ, then we are Abraham's seed and we are also joint-heirs with Jesus Christ
and joint-heirs with Abraham as heirs of the promises that God made to Abraham.
So, you've got to remember that it didn't start with Israel. It started with
Abraham and the only reason that Israel was blessed was because of their
connection to Abraham. Well, we now have the opportunity and have the privilege
to be a part of Abraham's blessing by claiming the rights of the child of God
according to Galatians 3:29. So, yes, it applies to us if we truly believe that
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.
My question is about fertility drugs. My husband & I are trying to have a child and I’ve been diagnosed and told that basically, the only way that I can have a child is with a drug called Clomid which makes me ovulate. So, I’m wondering if it’s a lack of faith to go ahead and proceed with some type of fertility drug? Or do I just pray about it and just wait for something to happen?
First of all, no, it is not a lack of faith on your part that you would
consider taking fertility drugs. But you do need to make sure that you do not
have a lack of knowledge also. You need to know what the side-effects and the
consequences are of those drugs. And you need to make sure that you go into it
with open eyes and an open mind. And you need to know what your expectations are
going to be.
No, it’s not a lack of faith because even if you use the drugs, you just need to
make sure that you put your faith and your trust is in God. “Whatever is not
from faith is sin.” And the Bible says, “Let every man be convinced in his own
mind. Have your faith unto yourself.” Or make sure that your faith is yours and
you’re not trying to imitate somebody else’s or reproduce somebody else’s.
But if you truly believe that this is something that you and your husband are in
agreement about, something that you guys desire, then that is not something that
is against your faith and it’s not something that proves you lack faith. It
actually proves that you do have faith, that even though you’ve been told that
you can’t have children, you’re believing God that you can. And you’re willing
to explore the opportunities and the possibilities of fertility drugs and those
kinds of things. And that’s okay.
I encourage you and welcome you to explore those, but do that with knowledge.
Make sure that you gather all the facts. Proverbs talks about gathering the
information before you set out to accomplish something. Make sure that you know
what you’re getting into and you know what the side-effects are and all of that
and you’ve counted the cost according to Luke chapter 14. Before you build
something, make sure you’ve counted the costs to make sure you have enough to
build. And we’ll be praying for you to have success and to have great results in
What does the Bible have to say about contraceptives?
We are responsible for giving birth to the next generation. God told Adam and
Eve to be fruitful and multiply. That does not mean we should have as many
babies as our physical bodies will allow because even if your physical body is
capable of having 20 or 30 children, you’re emotional and financial and
spiritual makeup is not necessarily capable of having that number of children.
You need to look at it from a full perspective – spirit, soul, and body. Are you
spiritually capable and emotionally capable to take care of those children and
give them the affection and attention that they need?
Wholesome contraception is permissible. Remember, the Bible says, “All things
are lawful but not all things are profitable.” Abortive contraceptives are
inappropriate. It’s unscriptural to take the life that is already conceived. To
prevent conception through contraceptives, however, is within the boundaries of
our responsibilities. Just like if you were a farmer, you could prevent your
harvest of green beans by not planting green bean seeds – or you could control
the amount of harvest you bring in.
Children are different from green beans, but we are responsible to tend our
garden and make sure that whatever life we bring into this world, we bring it to
full term. We must be prepared to take care of that child emotionally,
physically, and spiritually. If we are not prepared to do that, then we should
make sure to use contraceptives. Remember, sex within a marriage is wholesome
and pure. It’s not just for the purpose of procreation but for the purpose of
agreement and unity, for the purpose of showing affection toward one another.
I am married and have two children. My husband wants more children, but I don’t think I do. Why do I feel guilty about not wanting more children? Is that God’s way of talking to me?
You and your husband should read over Amos 3:3 together. That verse says,
“How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” One of the most
important ingredients in a successful marriage is that the husband and wife be
in agreement about the decisions they make. If one of them is not in agreement,
then they need to table that situation until the Lord changes that person’s
heart, or that person changes his or her mind, or until the other person changes
his or her mind.
So you shouldn’t move forward with having more children until you are both in
agreement. You shouldn’t move forward in getting a dog unless you are both in
agreement. You shouldn’t move forward in selling your house and buying a new one
unless you are both in agreement. You should not move forward with any big
decision unless you are both in agreement.
God does not speak to us through guilt. Guilt is something that the devil wants
us to feel because he never wants us to be happy about the choices we make. God,
on the other hand, speaks through peace. It says in Psalm 85 that God speaks
peace to his children. So, if you are feeling peace about having another child,
then that is a good sign that God is speaking to you, but if you feel guilty
about not having more, then that usually is not the Lord speaking to you.
I’m not getting any younger and I would like to have a child. I was married and divorced unfortunately. And I still would like to have a child. I was wondering what the Bible says about that.
The Bible says in Psalm 128 that children are a gift from the Lord. They’re a
reward, they’re a gift. And I think that’s the right answer that they’re a gift
But I think what you or anybody, has to look at is what is the reason that I
want to have a child? Do I have life experience and wisdom that I want to be
able to give to that child so that their life can be even better than mine was?
Or do I want a child because I’m lonely and I feel like that’ll make me complete
or that’ll fulfill me or that will make me feel important or give me a sense of
self-esteem? Those are wrong reasons to have a child.
A child should be the by-product of a loving relationship between two people in
a marriage. But oftentimes, that’s not the case. Oftentimes people get divorced
and the children are a by-product of a time when they were in love and a time
when they did have the belief that children were a gift from God. I believe that
every child that is born into this world is a gift from God, even if the parents
get divorced, even if the child was a product of a relationship where the two
people weren’t married. God wants that child in this earth anyway. It’s not
God’s will that bad things happen, but it’s certainly God’s will that once that
child is conceived, that that child be on this earth.
But as far as your situation goes, that child should have a father. You
shouldn’t try to have a child without a father. If you believe that God wants
you to have a child, then you should do it because you’re married and you want
to have a child with somebody else.