Anti-natalism is back with some new coat of paint, but its proponents are still making the same old, ugly (ungodly) arguments. As biblically-faithful Christians, we cannot now allow these parties to talk us (or our neighbors) out of fulfilling God’s explicit instructions: “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)
- Be fruitful & multiply;
- FILL THE EARTH (The creeping things were not blessed with this right; the sea creatures and birds were only blessed with the ability to “fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” (Gen. 1:22);
- And subdue the earth and its creatures by ruling over them (as good stewards of God’s creation).
God wanted to see His Earth teaming with people and for that reason, He created a beautiful, dynamic Earth that can support the flourishing of billons of humans.
Now has there ever been a perfectly convenient time to have children after Eden? Not really. However, the Bible is full of periods where people continued having children and pressing on IN SPITE OF everything around them. One such example is found in Jeremiah. Notice God’s instructions to the Israelites in Babylonian captivity (which was pretty terrible):
This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that they may bear sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7)
Yes, even in the midst of war and being forcibly carried away from their homes, God instructed them (more so, reminds them) to get married, be fruitful, and multiply earnestly within their covenant unions.
So let’s be grateful for what is going right and be diligent with God’s mandate to procreate! There is PLENTY of food (we just need to fix the politics/laws so that all people can actually access it). There is plenty of land outside of densely-populated cities. There are lots of men to marry lots of women… 😉 And the world can’t end with a flood this time around (via the icecaps melting), because God explicitly promised that He would not do that again (Gen. 8:21-22). What an exciting time to be alive, give birth, or be born!
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