Saturday, July 12, 2008

IVF – Does the End Justify the Means: A Study in Satan’s Ways.

Part Two

The evil of IVF is so deceptive because we hold the byproduct in our hearts and in our arms. Mother’s Day is always difficult for a woman who wants children and I’ve been wrestling with this post since May.

This year as I gazed across the brunch table into the shining faces of my two nieces conceived via IVF the ways of Satan became clearer to me. “The woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.” Eve wanted the fruit because it was “good” and “pleasing” and “desirable”. Women want children because they are good. My nieces are good. God tells us to be fruitful and multiply, it’s one of a woman’s most basic desires, and that’s what Satan twists with artificial reproductive technology. The desire, which is good and the byproduct, also good is convoluted and manipulated. Satan is an expert manipulator, even masquerading as an angel of light 2 Cor 11:14.

Rather than being a gift of God, children become a marketable commodity, something to be acquired when “My husband and I would like to raise a family”, morphs into “I will manufacture a child.” Once that bridge is crossed the child is no longer a gift of God, the human experience of a married man and a women touching the sacred by joining with God in the act of procreation and uniting their lives in a permanent commitment to raise offspring becomes something else altogether.

Pandora’s box has been opened and for those seeking children the end often justifies any means. The abuses are well known and very real. 400,000 frozen children, thousands more intentionally flushed away by parents, children casually experimented on under the guise of scientific research to help humanity, i.e. stem cell research.

Where pray tell in this argument is the discussion of helping the embryo being experimented upon, how have these children been abandoned by everyone including their parents? Our brave new world of reproductive technology brings us organ harvesting, genetic screening, and the most recent gruesome development in this “important scientific endeavor”, human animal hybrid embryos. We humans aren’t properly equipped to take God’s place. Clearly we don’t value life as fearfully and wonderfully made, we happily create life for the purpose and with the intent to destroy that life.

I googled IVF & Satan just to see what came up. What I got was a whole community of lesbian women who are trying to become pregnant, or are parenting manufactured children and this on line community is a study in the social pitfalls of IVF technology juxtaposed against the heart and soul of one of the most basic instincts of authentic femininity, the desire to be a mother.

These women casually dismiss the basic needs of their children. The human need to know who we are and where we come from, a need met when a child learns his family’s history, the story of those who came before him in this world. The need to have our father’s influence in our lives, the lessons learned as we watch our fathers cope with the world, to see the world from a man’s perspective. Without access to our fathers, when dad is nothing more than donor number 2857 we’ve fragmented one of the basic foundations of a child’s sense of self.

I suspect it will be the generation of manufactured children who ultimately rise up to stand against this technology. Just as the young men and women born in the shadow of Roe v. Wade are giving voice to those of their generation lost to abortion, I suspect it will be those conceived in Petri dishes who speak up and say, “What about my brothers and sisters?”

From time to time we all think our siblings are swine, it’s the way of life, but how would we feel about our siblings actually being hybridized with swine, I suspect that will be a whole different story. I suspect when that realization hits these children they will have the common decency to put an end to this insanity, and IVF as we know it today will become an unpleasant part of American history in the way that eugenic sterilization has become a subject of scorn rather than something of which to be proud.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

2 comments:

Katie said...

Rather than being a gift of God, children become a marketable commodity, something to be acquired when “My husband and I would like to raise a family”, morphs into “I will manufacture a child.” Once that bridge is crossed the child is no longer a gift of God, the human experience of a married man and a women touching the sacred by joining with God in the act of procreation and uniting their lives in a permanent commitment to raise offspring becomes something else altogether.

So very, very true! We've divorced ourselves from our bodies and from God in so many ways, this is simply one of the more sinister.

Jennifer F. said...

Wow, both of these posts are so powerful. Thank you for writing this.