I see the discussion concerning the number of children a family ought to have is still continuing. I've thought a lot about the phrase "multiply and replenish the earth," and taken literally, it seems to me that a couple who has 3 children would fulfill this commandment nicely (actually, two would probably do, since isn't the replacement level at just under two children?).
So why do some get in such a snit about it? Why would the Lord give a commandment that simply cannot be fulfilled by so many people? Does that imply something about the commandment? Is a couple who chooses (one who is not infertile) to adopt instead of physically giving birth not fulfilling this commandment? (This brings up a lot of assumptions about adoption that I wish were challenged more often, but that's another post.) Why do we assume that the inability to have children, either completely or for a limited time, must always be a sore trial or the couple isn't righteous?
I just can't imagine that the interpretation of this commandment is quite as simple as some make it out to be.