Wednesday, June 15, 2005

THOUGHTS ON BIRTH CONTROL

As promised, I will now begin a few postings on the subject of birth control. This is a subject which many Americans feel strongly about, and even many in the Reformed community. Since I have much to say on this, I will do a series of postings. Some of them will be short, others will be longer.

First, let me say that it is my intention to speak in love, and it is not my intention to cause any offense. We all need to check our beliefs by the Word of God. Therefore, in my posts, I wish to give Scriptural considerations, as well as rational discussion, and a gentle refutation of those arguments which try to refute my arguments, as well as a gentle refutation of those arguments which are pro-contraception. (I also recognize, with sympathy, that there are couples who, in the Lord's providence, are not able to conceive. These posts are not intended for them.)

VARIOUS REASONS WHY BIRTH CONTROL IS SINFUL

*Birth control takes away from the natural, God-ordained union of husband and wife. This is applicable to any form, whether it be condoms, or pills.

*Birth control takes away from one of God's main purposes in marriage, which is to seek a godly seed (see the book of Malachi).

*Birth control undermines the beauty of the sexual act within marriage.

*Birth control takes away from God's ordained means of sanctification for the woman; that is, that "women will be saved through childbearing," as the apostle Paul says.

*Birth control does not value the beauty of children; namely, that they are "like arrows in the hands of a mighty warrior," and that "he who has a quiver-full is blessed."

*Birth control disregards God's commandment to the married couple to "be frutiful and multiply." (Being fruitful and multiplying is much more than one or two.)

*Birth control can sometimes make a woman sterile eventually.

*Many times, birth control is associated with the woman's desire to get a career and work out of the home. (I am not against a woman working out of the home if she has no children.) However, Titus 2 is clear that God intends for the wife to take care of the children at home; this is indeed her calling, and is truly fulfilling for her.

*Birth control does not trust the Lord to provide, even though He promises to add all these things to us if we will but seek the kingdom of God first.

*Birth control is many times a cowardly act, because the couple does not want to go through the hardships of caring for children yet--even though someone had to change their diapers and feed them, etc., when they were young.

*When it comes to the pill, there is still a small percentage chance of a spontaneous abortion. This is true for every pill, no matter what kind it is. There is not one pill that is 100% preventive of a spontaeous abortion. Therefore, the pill risks the murder of a person.

*Condoms take away from the full union of husband and wife; the sex act was intended by God as a demonstration that husband and wife are giving all of oneself to each other; yet, with condoms, it's as though they are saying that they are not giving all of oneself to one another. This is especially true because of the blockage of the man's seed during ejaculation.

Other reasons could be given, but these will suffice for now. In my next post, I will respond to counter-arguments against these above claims. Again, I did not intend the above to be divisive in any way. May we all seek the Lord in our lives, and may our lives be fragrances of Christ to God the Father. May the world see something different in us.

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