Attitude toward children

My girlfriend and I are in our early 50s. We are both divorced and have grown children. We have been dating for a while and have decided until marriage to make love. We both are able to produce children. Is it wrong for either the woman to have her tubes tied or the man to have a vasectomy? We both love children but no longer want any children. There are many people who have strong opinions both ways. I am unable to find anything in the Bible that prohibits this. The only intent is to not have children after marriage.

Christian Life Resources, an agency within WELS, would be a good resource for you. It addresses many different life issues from a biblical perspective. One article in its “Family Topics” category is “Is there a place within Christian marriage to use birth control?” The article emphasizes the blessings of God’s gift of children and also points out factors that may need to be kept in mind—including a woman’s physical and emotional capabilities in regard to having children.

This link will take you to the “Beginning of Life, Birth Control” section of the website, where you will find other worthwhile resources.