Does God Have A Purpose For A Child Born Out Of Rape?

Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement of rape. It is a humble reflection on the realisation that God can bring out utmost good from a bad situation (such as pregnancy from rape) if we let Him.

God has a purpose for everyone, including a child who is a product of rape. I hope that is not contrary to what you may have been told before now? If it is, feel free to leave me a comment at the end of the post.

However, the fact that God does have a purpose for children born out of rapes does not mean that it is the will of God for such rapes to happen. Rapes happen as a consequence of the depravity of the human nature, not by divine orchestration.

I did not say it was God’s plan to have me raped.  That’s insane! Human beings make their own decisions, good and evil, and we all live with the consequences of those every day.  I don’t believe the “rape pregnancy” was a gift.  I believe my son was — not BECAUSE he was conceived in rape, but in spite of it. Jennifer Christie, A rape survivor, in My son was conceived in rape, but his life has dignity and a purpose.

It is God’s will that even when rapes happen (and  pregnancies result), we can trust Him to bring out some good out of the horrendous experience. He is the only One that has the absolute capacity to bring good out of such evil.

One good outcome from such ‘evil’ cases I heard about, forms the basis for writing this post.

Over one weekend recently, I had a swell time listening to some soul-lifting messages on SoundCloud. In one of the messages, the late popular International Speaker, from the Bahamas, Dr. Myles Monroe, said something that I found very interesting and worthy of further exploration.

“It doesn’t matter whether you were born within or outside wedlock,” said Dr Monroe, “God still has a purpose for you. One of the greatest men in the world today is James Robison and he was a product of rape. He is doing many great things for humanity…”

James Robison
James & Betty Robison Photo Credits: JamesRobison.net/about

Pastor James Robison, a product of rape? I wasn’t sure about that claim but it got me really curious. So I had to check it out…

Prior to the point where Robison was mentioned in that message as a child born out of rape, Dr Monroe was explaining the fact that God has a purpose for every one of us, irrespective of the circumstances of our birth. And that purpose was pre-determined long before we were conceived.

As he put it, “Your purpose in life precedes your conception.” In other words, God had determined your purpose even before you were formed in your mother’s womb.

I agree with the assertion because it is in line with what God said to Jeremiah, for instance, when he was being called to ministry:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5.

God knew Jeremiah even before He was formed in his mother’s womb. And He had a purpose for him before he was born.

Isn’t it wonderful that God has had a purpose for you too even before you were born?

Our finite mind may not be able to fully comprehend the import of that in all its ramifications. But God cannot lie. As He said He knew Jeremiah before he was conceived,  and had a purpose for him that preceded his birth, then that’s the truth we can hold on to!

Consider the case of our Lord Jesus as well. Even before He was born, God, through an Angel had announced both His name and purpose to His ‘father’ Joseph:

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matt. 1:20-21 (Emphasis mine).

Back to the question of God having a purpose for a product of rape. Yes, even a child born out of rape has a purpose from God. Let’s take a closer look at the case in point.

The James Robison’s case

I didn’t know very much about Robison before now, so I had to do some findings to cross-check the claim that he was born out of a sexual encounter that his mum was forced into. And it didn’t take me much time to find that information available in the public space corroborated the story.

In an interview with Scott Ross of the CBN’s 700 Club, Robison himself summarised the circumstances of his conception as follows,

[I am] a product of rape. My mother was a practical nurse and was raped by the alcoholic son of the elderly man she cared for. It was a forced – I don’t think we would call it violent – but he forced his affections on her, and at age 40 she conceived me.

Today, this so-called product of rape is now a notable pastor, televangelist, theologian, author and a founder of an international humanitarian agency which  embarks on many relief efforts, bringing smiles to many needy people across the world.

So indeed God can use anyone, even a product of rape, to do great things. But we will miss out on them except we give them a chance for life. Pastor James Robison is a living example!

When pregnancy results from a rape, many people will take it as a good enough ground to abort the baby. But there can be an exception to that kind of natural response if one understands that God has a purpose for everyone including those that are products of rapes.

Do you have a comment? If yes, talk to me in the comment section.

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

 

7 thoughts on “Does God Have A Purpose For A Child Born Out Of Rape?

  1. Thank you Victor for a great Message and yes we can be sure that by His foreknowledge God has chosen all of those whom He knows as His own to be conformed into the image of Jesus, yes He knows we will repent and believe in Jesus before we are even conceived and so He tells us not one of us will be lost, He also tells us His Plans for us are Good not Evil.

    You have read my Post Victor about how I was conceived but it was some time ago so I will leave my link for you below. I just did a Post about being left- handed, some also say we have no Hope either.

    My Childhood – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/the-early-years-a-little-lost-girl/

    Wow Victor if I had believed the rubbish some claim, I would have been totally lost in despair and fear believing there was no Hope for me at all.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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    • VictorsCorner Sep 13, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you Anne for reading and commenting. Our hope is in Christ, not in men. So it is what God says about us that is the ultimate, not what men have said.
      It is really a good thing for us to know that God has plans for us, plans that precede our conception.
      Seen the link. I will check it out again.

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  2. evangelist chilavert nmezi Sep 12, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Thank God for James Robinson. It is not everyone with such background would rise to the occasion.
    After all king Solomon came from such unholy act even when it is not rape but God still used him.
    It is wake up call to those of them who think it is a stigma to be born through rape.

    Good message, nice illustrations, Victor. Bless you.

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    • VictorsCorner Sep 13, 2017 / 5:51 am

      Yes, Chilavert, you are blessed too. I really appreciate your reading and commenting.

      Everything turned out good for Robison, despite his rape conception. I think it made a lot of difference that he gave his life to Christ at 14 years old. That helped him grow in the Lord and found his bearing in life early enough.

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  3. dettinger47 Sep 12, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    You did a tremendous job with this post, Victor. Everything you said from top to bottom is right on the mark. Children conceived through rape are every bit as precious to God, and to the human race, as those conceived through the most loving couple in the most living marriage. Thanks for taking on this issue, Victor. It should be a must-read for anyone who was born in such circumstances and think less of themselves for it.

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    • VictorsCorner Sep 12, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you David for the warm comment. I particularly like the way you put it, “Children conceived through rape are every bit as precious to God, and to the human race, as those conceived through the most loving couple in the most living marriage.”

      That was so on point, and better than I even expressed in the post.

      Just like you said, David, I hope this post will get into the hands of the people that really need it. Once again thank you.

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