Being “Childfree” is a way of saying that you made a personal choice to NEVER reproduce children for various reasons.
I'm one of those people. My reasons for not having children:
1)Overpopulation. I have the belief that it is a generous act not to bring more people into the world. For Overpopulation has created problems of the following such as environmental issues, resource problems, etc.
2)Medical concerns that I won't get into here.
3)There are existing children in the world which is already suffering. If I had to have a child later in life, I would rather adopt one of those children who needs me rather than contribute to that existing problem of overpopulation.
There are many out there who prefers to have a child-free lifestyle, even if it means that they wouldn't “Continue” the bloodline.
But The world nowadays seem to be full of media who promotes having a family and a home as the only life to have. That being child-free is seen as a “selfish” thing to do.
Opponents of the child-free lifestyles states the following (taken from the above link):
There has been a debate within religious groups about whether a child-free lifestyle is something to be condemned. Some religious conservatives have stated that it is a rebellion against God's will. In numerous works, including an Apostolic letter written in 1988, Pope John Paul II has set forth the Catholic emphasis on the role of children in family life. However, the Catholic Church also stresses the value of chastity, particularly in vocations such as monasticism, and so approves of nominally child-free ways of life under certain circumstances.
The Southern Baptist author R. Albert Mohler, Jr. says, “Couples are not given the option of chosen childlessness in the Biblical revelation. To the contrary, we are commanded to receive children with joy as God's gifts, and to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”, a position consistent with some Protestant denominations' condemnation of homosexuality, gay couples, and gay marriage.
Some opponents of the child-free choice consider such individuals “selfish” for neither having, nor wanting, children. The idea behind this position is that, since one argument is that raising children is a very important activity (child-free author Virginia Postrel calls it “the most important work most people will ever do”), not having children would therefore mean living a hedonistic, consumption-based lifestyle that makes no contribution to the world, only to the self.
However there seems to be a whole different side that counters both arguments well:
Child-free individuals sometimes respond to these accusations of selfishness by claiming that the act of having children can itself be just as or even more selfish especially when poor parenting creates many long term problems for both the children themselves and society at large. The decision to become a parent is often based on characteristically “selfish” and egotistical motives as well.
There is also the question as to whether having children really is such a positive contribution to the world in an age when there are so many concerns about overpopulation, pollution and resource depletion
In response, there are new churches being formed with the child-free movement. For example, a group called The Cyber-Church of Jesus Christ Child-free is a group of Christians who feel the call to have no descendants by fleshly means, just as Jesus had none.
Other mainline evangelical Christians have more balanced views, as published in Today's Christian Woman in an article by Raymond Van Leeuwen entitled “Is it All Right for a Married Couple to Choose to Remain Childless?” He shows that Gen. 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply,” what people generally think of as the Biblical mandate to procreate, is really not a command formula but a blessing formula: “You shall be fruitful…” He writes that while there are many factors to consider as far as people's motives for remaining childless, there are many valid reasons, including dedicating one's time to demanding but good causes, why Christians may choose to remain childless for a short time or a lifetime.
so what is your viewpoint on this? Discuss.