I was opportune to listen to a discourse on fertility and I was shocked to hear that in 2015 some peeps are still of the opinion that ARTs are not biblical.
It would be nice to read an opinion that actually differs from mine.
I will lay my opinion as I understand it and from the stand point of someone who had to TTC for 9years.
Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.' "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 'I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.”
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Medical science has been able to fathom that it takes the coming together of a male sperm and a female egg to form a foetus and this has brought about most of the different forms of ARTs to assist couples who are TTC. However, does this mean that science has discovered how to give life…the answer is NO.
The breath of life belongs to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and only living God. He's the only one who can breath life into the cells formed in the Petri dish during an IVF procedure, he's the only one who can command life into eggs when an IUI procedure is performed. This is the only reason why IVFs fail. If he withholds that breath, the procedure becomes unsuccessful no matter the number of viable eggs transferred into the woman. I came into this realisation during my several procedures.
It's God that gives life not the OB/GYN. It's not about how good the clinic or how well the procedure went. I have learnt that our trials are all to his glory….remember the story of the blind man
As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.…
Our situation and challenges is to show forth his awesomeness.
If we can take aspirin for pain, go for surgery to correct a defect, then I believe infertility is also just a form of anomaly that needs medical treatment. The irony of it all is that there are more cases of unexplained infertility than explained….ARTs are often the last medical techniques when all other natural measures have been taken.
If you have never known hunger, then you can't understand and describe hunger, likewise if you haven't TTCed you can only imagine what it is to long for a child. It's painful when TTC couple are held bound by society’s belief and can't seek help just because……..
All we hear in churches are testimonies of couples who waited 25,20,15,10years……and suddenly are blessed with triplets, twins and singleton. Nobody says what procedure they had to undertake to have the babies…..all because the children will be stigmatised….if they laugh too much, it will be because they are test tube babies, if they cry na wahala.
I know a school proprietress who swears she can tell IVF babies apart……Kai……I laugh in Chinese…….for where,…….it's all in her head.
TTC: trying to conceive
ART: assisted reproductive technology