FROM A FRIEND
Lastly, I want to ask you about Malachi 2:14-15, taken from the King James 2000 Bible:
"Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously: yet is she your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
And did not he make them one? Yet had he the remnant of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth."
Is this God saying that he made a husband and wife one because it's mandatory for them to produce offspring?
God is hear talking about people having the right attitude of mind so GOD can have godly offspring, people following HIM correctly. Note the last sentence. It could have nothing to do with commanding people to have offspring. This section is fully explained under my in-depth study on "Divorce and Re-marriage" on my website.
Now if we want to connect it with man and woman coming together as one, all it says is a general statement. God obviously made man and woman with sex reproductive systems to produce offspring. And if a couple are in tune with God, then again obviously they will raise children to love God and His way of life, so producing godly offspring. This cannot mean you are commanded to reproduce and have lots of children per se, any more than you can successfully raise godly children. Many Christian couples raise children that do NOT follow God's way of life, even "minister's children" sometimes turn away from God and the Bible. Many couples find no matter how they try they cannot conceive or produce children.
This is a general statement [as far as understanding it connected to children] section. Marriage and reproduction was created by God, and from it all SOME would be godly, and SOME would raise godly children. There is NO words here as "God commands a couple to have children." Or "If you cannot produce godly children from your wife, find another wife who can produce children." Or "Produce children from another woman." The last would be a contradiction to "let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth."
I have written a Christian couple will go into marriage wanting at some point to try to have a child or children; that would be the most natural attitude of a Christian couple. But as it is often, if that couple find for some reason they cannot conceive, God does not always work some miracle, because He has "commanded every Christian couple to have children." God knows there will always be enough Christian couples to raise enough for His purpose .... godly children.
If this was a command for Christian couples to have children, then in the modern context, that would mean, every modern scientific way to reproduce would need be tried...... and some of those ways cost many thousands of dollars, which some just would not have the money to try. Take it one step further, for those who teach this verse is a command for a Christian couple to have children, and if they could not, and could not afford the modern science ways to try, then the "church" that teaches this teaching, would have to step in and give the money to the couple to try the modern science ways of reproducing. Maybe some would go this far, if they are so hung-up on reproduction in their "church."
This is all just silly theology that leads to silly conclusions as it would need to be played out in a church group that teaches such wrong theology.