marriage and having children

The questions posed:

Do you think it is necessary to have a child? What are your views on
replenishing the earth? Do you think that having a child helps you to
better understand God’s love for us?



responses:

1 Cor. 7: 1 ¶ Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.


3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.


4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and
likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.


5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time,
that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together
again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.


6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.


7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath
his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.


8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.


9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.




Would say that Paul never married, and thus never had children, did
this make him any less of the minister of the church or of God’s work?


25 ¶ Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I
give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be
faithful.


26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.


27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.


28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry,
she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh:
but I spare you.


*29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;


30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice,
as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they
possessed not;


31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.


*32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried
careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the
Lord:


33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.


*34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried
woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in
body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of
the world, how she may please her husband.


35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare
upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the
Lord without distraction.

1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats,
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which
believe and know the truth.
Biblically abstinence and not marrying are not sins, but forbidding to
marry when you are fornicating is. The fornicator is in error in that
he/she does not realize what God constitutes as marriage. Biblically to
spread one’s skirt over the woman, have sex, is to marry.
Ru 3:9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine
handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art
a near kinsman.
Eze 16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy
time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered
thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with
thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

Warnings against fornication
Ac 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions
of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from
blood.
Ac 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood,
and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep
yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Ac 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and
concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep
themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from
strangled, and from fornication.
Ro 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit,
malignity; whisperers,
1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you,
and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles,
that one should have his father’s wife.
1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall
destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for
the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the
body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
*1Co 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
2Co 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you,
and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not
repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which
they have committed.
Ga 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:
1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like
manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange
flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal
fire.

1Co 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn[i.e. burn with desire].
1Co 7:28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin
marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the
flesh: but I spare you.
1Co 7:36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward
his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let
him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
1Co 7:38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

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