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If a child is a blessing from God in laestadianism, then what would a dead infant (by means of spontaneous or induced abortion) mean? Perhaps, God wants the child to die? What does it mean for a child to be a blessing from God (in Lutheranism)?

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Are there any laestadians here? It may not be the best place to ask. –  curiousdannii Jun 1 at 5:30
    
Their American conference site is at llchurch.org and contraception is discussed in this pdf file. While they are very strong about no birth control, I doubt if they will state anything beyond normal Christian ideas about the tragedies of early childhood death. –  disciple Aug 29 at 4:38

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Certainly God allows evil in this world. Evil was not & is not his original intention for humans. I don't know of any suggestion that most infant deaths or miscarriages are God's designs or plans, only that He has allowed tragedy. He promises to use even tragedy for our good

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God Romans 8:28


However, Scripture has clear examples of sufferring caused no specific sin or lack of faith.

Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? Luke 13:4

"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" 3Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.John 9:2

Anyone more familiar with Lutheranism than I am, feel free to edit.

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Can you give some references showing that this is consistent with Laestadianism or at least with Lutheranism? –  curiousdannii Sep 11 at 7:47

It means that someone did not have faith that God would help take care of the child. God does not want children to die, but if they do he has a plan.

John 6:39 NKJV

This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

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How do you show that it is laestadian theology? –  Anonymous May 1 at 22:55
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I doubt that many Lutherans have the bad idea that suffering has a direct causal connection to a lack of faith. –  curiousdannii Jun 1 at 7:21

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