Is there biblical basis for the idea that if a married woman bears no children she won't go to heaven? Is there a biblical basis against the idea?

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    I would appreciate a reference to someone making the claim that salvation for married women is dependent on being a mother.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 22:09
  • Yes, I think we need to see someone claiming they hold this position first, before we address it's biblical basis, otherwise, we may be answering a question with no real applicability; a hypothetical, if you will.
    – user3961
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 18:38
  • @fredsbend or if you won't. Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 17:30

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Yes she can

You're probably getting tripped up by this passage:

1 Timothy 2:13-15 ESV For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Which, by itself and read without any context, does seem to imply that a woman needs to bear children to be "saved". But we should know better than to read passages without their surrounding context. Context is king ☺.

This idea that women need to bear children to be saved is, of course, totally contradictory to the rest of the new testament and any of Paul's other writings. Paul made great effort to emphasize the fact that it takes faith in Jesus Christ to make peace (i.e., get saved) with God.

Romans 2:28 ESV For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Galatians 3:11 ESV Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

So then what does the Timothy passage get at? Well, it's not totally clear, and when it's not clear you need to be open to reaching multiple valid conclusions (like this essay does). A popular viewpoint (and the one I take) is that Paul was speaking specifically about Eve--that Eve should save herself and everyone by eventually giving birth to the Christ.

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    Well Answered ~
    – Neil Meyer
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 14:32
  • Whenever I read the word "woman" I like to substitute the word "church", and so get a free doctrinal lesson. In this case, I see something familiar: A church is shown to be elect by it's fruit-bearing.
    – ridthyself
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 18:01
  • @etothepowerofx You may want to interpret it that way but I see no reason to think that is what Paul intended. Sounds like eisegesis to me.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 22:11

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