Q&A: Are married couples obligated to have children?

Question: Does the Bible teach that married couples are obligated to have children?

Answer: God did say to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” In the Bible, children are viewed as a gift from God. However, I don’t think this means that every Christian couple is obligated to have children. I do think it is the norm for most couples.

If a couple decides not to have children, their reason for such a choice should be clearly understood. And it should not be rooted in selfishness. Some good reasons for not having children might include: physical or mental disabilities, poor relational skills, or ministry for Christ. Selfish reasons might be: the desire to travel, not willing to accept responsibility, wanting to be free to follow personal interests. Make sure your choice is based on a genuine desire to follow God’s plan for your life.