In case you’ve never heard of the Quiverfull movement in Christianity, here is its website:
We exalt Jesus Christ as Lord, and acknowledge His headship in all areas of our lives, including fertility. We exist to serve those believers who trust the Lord for family size, and to answer the questions of those seeking truth in this critical area of marriage.
Whether your quiver is large or small, you are welcome. Come browse our articles and resources. Also, be sure to check out the QuiverFull Digest, our email discussion group that was started in 1995.
Dedicated to providing encouragement and practical help to those who are striving to raise a large and growing, godly family in today’s world!
Here is the scripture they use to justify their cause:
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)
I didn’t realize until this year that such a movement had a name, but there it is! And it must be discredited.
Look at this insanity. I will put the original article in red and my responses will be in green:
Ten Great Reasons To Have Another Child
- Have another child to join with God in the creation of an immortal soul.Parents are given the incredible opportunity to assist God in the creation of an immortal soul. As the late Cardinal Mindszenty said, even the angels have not been given such a grace.“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this—to be a mother.” Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty Reason What an ego trip! Aren’t six billion immortal souls in this world enough?
- Have another child to bring joy into your life.There is no joy like the joy of welcoming another child into your life. You will marvel anew at how perfectly formed your little one is, and over how quickly you will fall head over heels in love with him. You will be enchanted with every tiny aspect of her appearance. The color of her hair, the shape of her nose, and the winsomeness of her smile will occasion endless happy debates about from which side of the family (yours, of course) she got that adorable trait.The birth of a child will bind you to God more tightly than ever before, in awed gratitude. “She was the most miraculous thing that had ever happened in my life,” Whittaker Chambers wrote about his new daughter in Witness. And in the lives of most of us.
Instead, God made me a mother,
and my children are His masterpiece.
The design of their lives
will live on after me.
What is painted on their hearts
will last an eternity
I thought that one day
I would be a famous artist
and create great works of art– Anonymous Bull$#it, since while some women may indeed find joy in having two or three kids, I cannot see how having ten or more kids can be anything but physically and emotionally draining. Such an abundance of children can make them LESS valued, actually! It may even cause parents to MURDER their kids if they become mentally unstable, like what Andrea Yates or Susan Smith did. Some people simply shouldn’t become parents, period.
- Have another child to grown in holiness and virtue.For those who marry and have families, children are the primary means God uses to help them grow in holiness and virtue. Children teach their parents patience, perseverance, charity, and humility. They give their parents the opportunity to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They come into the world naked, and we clothe them, hungry and we feed them. Thirsty, and we give them drink. All of the things that we are required to do for the “least of these our brothers,” we do first and foremost for our own children. St. Catherine of Siena once had a vision in which God took her to a roomful of crosses and told her to pick one. St. Catherine went to the largest, heaviest cross in the room and would have chosen it. But God told her that it was not for her: That was reserved for the parents of large families.“Mary gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.” Luke 2:7 But Jesus himself never had children, did he? So how holy was he?
- Have another child to help end abortion.When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked by a young mother about the best way to proceed with pro-life work, she responded emphatically, “Have a big family. That is the best way to end abortion!”How this works is not difficult to understand. As children become more rare due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, whole segments of society become less and less familiar with the sense of joy and hope that only babies and children can give. In this climate, contraception and abortion feed on themselves, as the increasingly selfish few further reduce their number.
By having another child, you demonstrate once again to the world that children are God’s greatest gifts. “Children build up the life of the family and society,” as Pope John Paul II has said. “The child becomes a gift to its brothers and sisters, parents and entire family. Its entire life becomes a gift for the very people who were givers of life and who cannot help but feel its presence, its sharing in their life and its contribution to the common good and to the community of the family.”
The more children there are in society, the more pro-life that society will become, and the easier it will be for the great evil of abortion to be eradicated once and for all.
“Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 Absolutely wrong! Unless you can recruit everyone into the Quiverful movement, abortion will not end.
- A) Have another child so your sons will have brothers and your daughters will have sisters.Children who have siblings learn early to share. They learn to take turns and to put the needs of others before their own. The bond formed between brothers and sisters is lifelong, and stronger than the bond between the closest friends.“How good it is, how pleasant, where the brothers dwell as one!” Psalm 133:1-2
B) Have another child so your sons will have sisters and your daughters will have brothers.
Boys who have sisters learn the dignity of women. They learn to treat other girls and women with respect, as they consider how they would like their own sisters to be treated. Girls who have brothers learn the complementarity of men and women, both fashioned in the image and likeness of God.
“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones—the ones at home.” Mother Teresa Why can’t parents just teach their children to share and be considerate of others even if they have no siblings at all? And when an only child grows up, he can still have social interactions with other teenagers and adults just like he would have with siblings.
- Have another child so you (and your parents) won’t be lonely in old age.People who have children don’t have to rely upon strangers to care for them in their old age. Children also become the parents of your grandchildren. Grandchildren bring joy, happiness, and laughter, while still allowing you to get a good night’s sleep! “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.”Proverbs 17:6 This is a purely selfish reason.
- Have another child because people are our greatest resource.Humans are blessed with the gifts of an intellect and free will. It is human ingenuity that discovers creative solutions to the problems which confront us. People without children should remember that it will be someone else’s child who will become the doctor that performs their life-saving operations. Someone else’s child will become the firefighter that saves their house. Someone else’s child will become the railroad engineer.“How can there be too many children? That’s like saying there are too many flowers.”
Mother Teresa Then there should be NO poverty striken nations that are also overpopulated.
- Have another child to contribute to the economy.Families with children are fuel to the economy, purchasing houses and cars and college educations. Without young people to enter the workforce, social security systems fail. Without children to attend school, teachers are jobless. Many industries, from fast food restaurants to toy stores, obviously rely heavily upon business from and for children to stay in business. But ultimately the whole economy does.“Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table. Just so will they be blessed who fear the Lord.” Psalm 128:3-4 Economies can also fail from increased cases of disease, malnutrition, child abuse, crime, and war, which overpopulation can contribute to. We see these problems in Africa, the most disease ridden of the continents, but they can happen anywhere.
- Have another child to counter global depopulation.Anyone who has traveled from coast to coast in the United States and seen the vast empty spaces should know that America is not overpopulated. In fact, the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas, in single-family dwellings with front and back yards. Fertility rates are falling everywhere. The world’s population will never again double. If current trends continue, world population will peak by the middle of this century and then begin demographic freefall. Our long-term problem is not too many children, but too few children. Having another child will help offset the coming population implosion.“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.” Genesis 1:28. Global depopulation is not a problem, except in the minds of deluded extremists who have no regard for the environmental problems we humans have caused and continue to cause. And the claim about the entire population of the world being able to live in Texas is an outright lie, since in addition to dwellings, we would also need farmlands to grow food on and places to dispose of our waste and to bury our dead.
- Have another child to help populate heaven.The child that you and your spouse have been generous in accepting from God was created to return to Him, after a life of love, service, and obedience on earth, to spend eternity with God in heaven. Our Lord Himself said that there was plenty of room for those immortal souls. There is no overpopulation problem in Heaven!“There are many mansions in my Father’s house.” John 14:2 So what is God, an egomaniac who needs ever increasing followers? No thanks!
I know a relative who is only 22 years old and she has already born FOUR children. Would she fit in the Quiverful movement? I doubt it, because she also never married. It is idiocy to have too many children in any case, married or unmarried. We have seen too many examples of mothers who break down due to too many kids to tolerate this nonsense any further!
Thankfully, there is a counterbalance to the Quiverfull movement. Learn about it here: