My wife and I had settled into a grove. That was when we decided to have our third child. We ended contraception and we quickly had a bun in the oven. Thinking about that the other day made me think. We chose to create a baby. God didn’t answer our prayers or gave us that gift.
Well, He did in the sense that it is a the process of having a baby and children in general is a beautiful process. Perhaps God brings us that beauty. He did not, however, care if we had a child. He did not decide when. We did.
I know because our other children were not planned. We decided to create a baby by the act. Now you could think that was God’s decision to give us a baby for having premarital sex. To make our lives more difficult. Well, it may have been difficult, but our children have brought us so much happiness.
So the process of procreation is a beautiful miracle. A baby though is no more a gift than a warm sunny day. Does God give a baby as a reward? Does He sometimes give a baby as a punishment? Does God play games with life?
Does God give us sunny days when we ask. If I pray for a sunny day, does the bad person next door not get the same sunny day?
Can people be a fundamentalist Christian and not believe that God chooses to give or take a baby away? I think so. You could believe in instances in the Bible where human life was given to some people from God. A true miracle.
Otherwise, other than giving humanity itself, God is not involved in procreation. I doubt that he judges and condemns by giving someone a baby.
What about the soul. God puts a soul in each of us? I ask another question. When does he do it for a baby that was made from a frozen embryo and a sperm sample?
I have many questions. But for me the answer of the soul is that we have a collective soul. That soul in each of us and connects us. A baby absorbs it as it grows. A miscarriage or an abortion, the energy is reabsorbed and waits for another baby.