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Does God decide who is stillborn or is this a consequence of sin?


Thank you for your deep question and honest spiritual enquiry about stillborn children. Clearly this is a sensitive matter and therefore it is important for us to know and understand what the Bible says on this matter.

It is possible that you ask this question because you or someone you know has had a stillbirth. Although it is a sad fact of life that death comes to all of us, the loss of a child at any age is a particular sadness that we would not want anyone to face.

It may be helpful for you or the person you know who has experienced this loss to seek local counselling to help them through this difficult time. Similarly, your local bible believing church leader may be able to offer you prayer and support. 

As to whether or not a child is stillborn as a consequence of our being sinful, it is death itself that is the consequence of the sinful condition of all humanity. The first half of 1 Corinthians 15:22 tells us in Adam all die. Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, and as a result of this first sin, one of the consequences of this action was death entering our world. 

If, however, you mean that a baby might be stillborn because its parents committed a particular sin, that is impossible to say because the secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law (Deuteronomy 29:9). We cannot, in other words, guess things that God has not clearly revealed to us.

It is just as possible to speculate that a still-born child was specially blessed by being spared having to live in this fallen world. However, the right response to sin is to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, for there is no sin He cannot forgive and cleanse from within us.

The whole of 1 Corinthians 15:22 can encourage us when it tells us that for as in Adam all die, so also in Christ Jesus shall all be made alive. There will be a time when our sadness will be comforted. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4). This can only be done through Jesus himself, so I encourage you, regardless as to what has happened in your life, for you to turn to Christ, that he may be your comfort and strength during all parts of your life. 

In summary, we are not able to say that a child who is stillborn is as a result of an individual's sin, as these things are hidden from us. However, although death comes to all of us, through Christ Jesus we can have life eternal. Will you accept him as your Lord and Saviour?

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site:

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Exodus 36:4
  • Deuteronomy 32:39
  • Romans 8:23

*All Scripture references are taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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