OK. I really need your input on this one. I'm trying to do some Bible study based on the idea that we as Christians can have a pain free childbirth process. I'm really struggling with this and would like all your ideas about what you think and most importantly the Bible has to say about this.
Genesis 3: 16-17 says "To the woman he said , 'I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you' To Adam he said, 'Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, "You must not eat of it," Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.'"
I have heard people say that we can be free from the curse God set for Adam and Eve through our relationship through Christ. They say it is possible to have a painfree childbirth and I've heard Galations 5:1-2 quoted as support: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Yes, we are free, but I don't find any biblical support to suggest this would lead to painfree childbirth. In fact, in John 16: 20-22 Jesus says, "20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." So, I'm thinking that if Jesus said there would be pain in childbirth, there will be pain in childbirth.
If I'm missing something, please let me know. I know people will say if you have enough faith, childbirth can be pain free. These same people would say if I had enough faith, I could be walking and free from my wheelchair. I say this is not at all true. I always say walking is overrated. :) God has opened doors to meet people and have experiences I would not have had without this chair.
Besides, if we are free from the curse of painful childbirth, what about Adam's curse of working the ground? Why doesn't food miraculouly pop out of the ground for us to eat once we become Christians"
Let me know what you think. I'm really looking for insight and Bible study on this issue.