Gay marriages can't produce children so case closed, right?
by Name withheld
(but you know who you are)
Rick Brentlinger Answers -
That's a very interesting question. Let's look at it from a scriptural viewpoint.
Does the Bible forbid
barren women and sterile men
from getting married?
Certainly not. Abraham and Sarah were married for about 70 years before God blessed them with children. God did not regard Abraham and Sarah being unable to produce children as an impediment to their long and happy marriage, Genesis 12:3ff.
There are seven barren women in the Bible, six of whom eventually were blessed by God to bare (1 Samuel 1:20, KJV) a child. Its interesting to note that each of these once barren women produced male children.
- Sampson's mother
- Michal, David's wife (never had children)
- Elizabeth, mother of John Baptist
Gay marriages can't produce children
so case closed, right?
Not so fast pal. Let's take the time to think it through. Nowhere does scripture reserve marriage only for those who are capable of reproducing. If marriage was only for those who can produce children, then older folks who are past child-bearing could not marry.
Are you willing to prohibit senior citizens from marrying simply because they cannot have children?
If marriage was only for those who can produce children, then barren women and sterile men could not marry.
Are you willing to prohibit barren women or sterile men from marrying simply because they cannot have children?
You see, the problem for you really isn't that two men or two women cannot biologically reproduce by themselves. The problem for you is that you don't like the idea of gay marriage.
So, you're drawing a false conclusion - that married folks must
produce children or its not a legitimate marriage when really, that's not what you believe at all.
Thankfully God doesn't make the claim and the Bible never makes the claim that only folks who can produce biological children are allowed to marry.
Your real problem seems to be an unloving, unChristlike heart. You are so focused on "proving" that God wouldn't bless a same sex marriage that you employ faulty logic to support your false assertion.
What does the Bible say?
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." -Isaiah 8:20, KJV
"Owe nothing to any one except mutual love; for he who loves his fellow man has satisfied the demands of Law."
-Romans 13:8, Weymouth
"Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." -Romans 13:10, NIV
For Christians, "the law of liberty,"
James 1:25, includes treating our brothers and sisters as we would like to be treated. Jesus said: ""Treat others the same way you want them to treat you."
- Luke 6:31, NASB
How many non-gay Christians refuse to consider the needs of their gay brothers and lesbian sisters? Isn't it about time you started obeying the Jesus you profess to love and serve?
Gays CAN have children
Many gay male couples and many lesbian female couples have children. How did they accomplish that allegedly impossible task? Some of them entered heterosexual marriage because they were told that getting married would cure them of being gay.
They found little emotional, physical, psychological, romantic or spiritual attraction in their opposite sex partner and for the good of both individuals, they ended the marriage and now share the parenting of their biological children.
Some gays and lesbians who were wise enough not to marry a heterosexual partner have children in other ways.
How gays can have children
- Surrogacy - is a way of reproduction in which a woman agrees to get pregnant and provide a child for someone else.
- In-Vitro fertilization - involves fertilizing an egg outside the womb and then implanting the fertilized egg into the prospective mother's womb. Many non-gay couples use this method to have children, as do some gay and lesbian couples. Gay couples combine Surrogacy with In-Vitro fertilization.
- Adoption - involves taking a child into one's family through legal means and then raising that child as one's own child. Adoption has a long and honored history in the Bible.
Adoption is a Godly option
A. Eli, the apparently widowed, elderly Priest of Israel, as the informal adoptive
father chosen by Samuel's mother, raised young Samuel to become the great, character-driven Priest-Prophet of Israel, 1 Samuel 1:28, 2:20, 26, 35, 3:1ff.
B. Christians are described as adopted
into the family of God, Ephesians 1:5
C. Joseph was the adoptive
father of Jesus, Luke 2:27, 33, 41
D. True religion isn't necessarily procreation but instead, is defined as "to look after orphans,"
James 1:27, NIV, which often includes adoption
Wouldn't it be a shame if thoughtless heterosexual Christians, in their zeal to press the letter of the law upon their gay brothers and lesbian sisters, instead drove them away from the Savior who longs to save and bless them?David and Jonathan were probably an intimately partnered, same sex couple.http://www.gaychristian101.com/Define-Malakoi.htmlWe've answered the question: Gays marriages can't produce children so case closed, right? Click here to return to Gay Christian 101 Home Page.