No Consent Given (1 John 4:13-16)

There is a remarkable story that is going viral on social media of a young man who is suing his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. You can’t make something like this up! Aside from the inherent contradictions and absurdity of this lawsuit, I was shocked to discover that he represents a movement of people following a way of life known as antinatalism. As the name suggests, it is a philosophical viewpoint that assigns a negative value to birth. This man and his peers believe that procreation is morally bad since humanity brings only suffering.


Taking this to its logical conclusion, if everyone follows the philosophy of antinatalism, the entire population of the world will cease to exist with this generation. With no one alive, that would certainly end any moral discussion!


There is a great deal of suffering in this world. Some blame the failure of mankind and grandiose social programs while others point the finger at God, declaring that a just and good God would never allow evil and suffering to occur in this world. The truth is this is not the world that God intended for us to live in. The Garden of Eden was truly Heaven on earth, a paradise that was given to Adam and Eve, the first humans, for their home and upkeep. But even paradise was not good enough. By disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit, mankind deliberately turned away from God’s blessings and chose the path of sin and its hideous offsprings-evil and suffering.


By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 4:13-16 (ESV)


God does not give His consent for our actions and we do not ask for His consent to allow us to live our lives the way we think we should. The truth is we are in rebellion against God from the moment we were conceived. God does not force Himself upon us but He does provide the solution. He gives us our entire lifetime to confess and repent of our sins and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.


Thanks be to God for His grace and mercy to all who call upon His Name.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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