That is, this is a mode of parenting which allows a couple to have a child by involving a third party to their relationship who serves as birth mother, whether there is a contract or not.
As will become apparent, surrogate parenting complicates the parenting terrain and, as such, raises significant philosophical and ethical issues.
The Fifth Commandment states, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus ).
This commandment must be taken seriously, not only because it is a matter of Old Testament revelation, but because the obligation to honor parents is one that is reiterated and reinforced by the New Testament: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
The second is the caring for our own parents in their declining years.
Often this involves the deterioration of the physical body, and frequently of the mind. Honoring parents confronts the Christian with numerous problems, most of which are the source of great agony, and frequently of much guilt.
Surrogate parenting is an arrangement in which one or more persons, typically a married infertile couple (the intended rearing parents), contract with a woman to gestate a child for them and then to relinquish it to them after birth.
Surrogate parenting is also sometimes referred to as “contract pregnancy,” in part, so as not to beg the question about who is the child’s real mother, but also to refer to the non-nuclear-familial nature of the arrangement.But there is a second reason for carefully studying the Fifth Commandment.Honoring our parents is one of the highest callings and the greatest tasks we face in life.Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3).Thus, honoring our parents is a command, which we dare not ignore.Was I “unable to control” the fire and loss of homes because I hadn’t “accepted the full responsibility”? Scientologists lap up this type of tripe, many believing they’ll attain some kind of lofty state in which they’ll actually be able to “as-is”—make disappear—anything—MEST, pictures in the mind, emotion, anything—by simply “observing” it.