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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FROZEN EMBRYOS?
A QUESTION OF CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

First let me assure you, I am neither a scientist, nor a medical doctor, and do not really understand the technology about this current subject.

And if I were in Biblical Counseling as a Pastor of a Church, how would I counsel this couple?
With Science and technology, just about anything is becoming possible, but with all this technology, are all things moral?

Once you are disconnected from moral constraints, it can and will most assuredly produce nightmares.

Once science and technology are unfastened from moral accountability, science becomes a threat to human dignity, rather than a means to knowledge and human happiness.

How is the Christian to view the Worldview that it’s okay to take the advice of science and technology to do so many things that just decades ago were not possible.

Example: Married couples can decide to freeze embryos to use at a later time to implant them in the wife’s womb. Now several years later, they have decided not to have the embryos implanted. The question they asked: "Should they be offered for adoption, stored indefinitely at great cost, donated for medical research, or destroyed?

Oh, the frozen embryos are the surplus from the in vitro fertilization procedure that brought their son, who is now three years old, into the world.

There is a disagreement between the husband and wife what to do with the embryos. The wife said she would rather destroy the embryos rather than allow someone else to raise "my own child, my own DNA." The husband opposes the destruction of human embryos and refers to their own embryos as their "son’s siblings."

The question then is: WHICH IS IT? Insignificant bio-matter or siblings?

HOW’ S THAT FOR A DIFFICULT MARITAL MOMENT?

Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant February 06 07 Checked by Charity 02 06 07