Traditional african and christian response to childlessness as a family problem
Traditional African and Christian response to childlessness as a family problem:Childlessness is a state of having no child in a family:- This may be as a result of various factors such as:-Infertility of one partner or both.-Accidents, war and natural disasters.-Misuse of certain drugs.-Abortion-Biological, psychological and health problems.-In traditional African communities children are very important.- If a man is impotent, it is normal practice for arrangements are made for his wife to bear for him through his elder brother, a friend or an age-mate. On the other hand, if a wife is barren, the man is allowed to marry another wife or wives but the barren wife still remains part and parcel of the family.- In Christian teaching, children are a gift from God (Psalms 127:3-5) Christian marriages are complete with or without children. -Childlessness should therefore not create problems in a Christian family. -If a childless couple feels strongly that they must have a child, they may adopt one following the laid down legal procedures.