Q. Re: Psalm 139: 13-14. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful.” If I take this verse literally, it would seem that God is directly involved in the creation of everyone. He forms each of us in the womb. Yet some babies are born deformed or very sick, so how can that be? I’ve read your comments that only Adam and Eve were created directly by God and in His image and that God delegated procreation to us and so all of us are now born in the image of Adam. This would suggest that God isn’t directly involved in the conception of each person. How do I understand this verse?
A. God would never directly create a deformed or seriously ill child. Being a just and loving God it would be a violation of His character to do so. Birth defects can be caused by the genetic imperfections of our fallen creation, the things we ingest into our bodies, or the medications we take. Therefore David had to be referring to the fact that the process of procreation was designed and instituted by God.