ABOUT THE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN BORN THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INTERVENTION

Does the Church baptize a child born through surrogacy and consider him as a member of the church community?

The Church baptizes children because they are not involved in their parents’ sins and does not deprive them of the acceptance of God’s gifts, of the opportunity to become the heir of the Kingdom of heaven. When the apostles refused to let the children come to Christ, our Lord Jesus Christ said about the children. “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:13-14).

In addition, Christ put the children as an example to all believers and said: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Therefore, the Church, not imputing the sins of the fathers and mothers to children, baptizes them, so the graces of God be dispersed upon the children, and they become good and kind people, pious Christians and be worthy of salvation and eternal life.

It is believed that these children should not be baptized because their birth is contrary to nature, and is the consequence of their parents’ sin to go against the divine will. According to this view, if the couple does not have children, then it means that God did not want them to have children because they are deprived of the blessing of giving birth. At the same time, it seems that this attitude also directs such parents to the adoption of orphans, to spread love and care on orphans.

But taking only God’s unwillingness as a reason will not be an accurate reflection of the reality because today there are advances in medicine, and various surgical, medical interventions are performed in order to save people’s lives, to prolong life, and also for healing. With the above logic, one could say that God did not want the longer life or overcoming of some ailment of people with serious illness, and therefore He deprived them of health, enabling to complete this earthly, transient life faster and to move to eternity.

But we accept and consider as a right thing new achievements and accomplishments of science, and medicine and their application in human life, unless they contain serious threats and are contrary to the biblical teaching about man and life and if they are not opposed to the divine will.

In the case of children born through surrogacy, however, must be emphasized not God’s unwillingness for the child’s birth, but spouses’ oppositions to the human nature, as well as to the Christian ideas of family, marital relationship, having children.