Thursday, July 4, 2013

Is contraception addressed in Scripture?

Probably the first thing to answer is, "what's contraception?".  "Contraception" literally translates to "against" + "conception".  It is something that is intended to prevent conception. It is a means by which a couple enjoys the unifying nature of sex, while also working to block (or attempting to) the procreative aspect of sex.  In other words...it's sex while trying to avoid kids...AND *doing* something to the sexual faculty to prevent conception...it is working "against conception". 

Okay, so regardless of what the Church says about it (another time perhaps), some people are under the impression that Scripture does not address this topic AT ALL.  Well, I disagree.  I think Scripture has ALOT to say about it.  I won't go into the Catholic theology on the topic...I'll just let the Bible do the talking.  Here you go:

Gen 1: 27-28…And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…

Ps 127: 3-5…Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak to their enemies at the gate.

1Chr 25: 5…All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave 14 sons and 3 daughters to Heman.

1Chr 26: 4-5…And Obed-edom had sons [8 of them]…God had indeed blessed him.

Hos 9: 10-17…I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to shame, and they became as detestable as that which they loved. As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird—no birth, no pregnancy, no conception! Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them! Ephraim, as I have seen, is planted in a pleasant meadow like Tyre; but Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter. Give them, O lord—what wilt Thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their evil is at Gilgal; Indeed I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels. Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, they will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb. My God will cast them away because they have not listened to Him. And they will be wandererd among the nations.-Israel is punished with childlessness

Ex 23: 25-26…But you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and water; and I will remove sickness from your midst. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. – these are blessing that are promised

Dt 7: 13-14…And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you. You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall be no male or female barren among you or among your cattle.

Gn 38: 9-10…And Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so it came about that when[ever] he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did (not what he didn’t do…) was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also. – Onan killed for spilling his seed on the ground, not just for defying the Levirate law

Dt 25: 5-10… When brothers live together and one of them dies without a son, the widow of the deceased shall not marry anyone outside the family; but her husband’s brother shall come to her, marrying her and performing the duty of a brother-in-law. The firstborn son she bears shall continue the name of the deceased brother, that his name may not be blotted out from Israel. But if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go up to the elders at the gate and say, “My brother-in-law refuses to perpetuate his brother’s name in Israel and does not intend to perform his duty toward me.” Thereupon the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” his sister-in-law, in the presence of the elders, shall go up to him and strip his sandal from his foot and spit in his face, declaring, “This is how one should be treated who will not build up his brother’s family!” And his name shall be called in Israel, “the house of the man stripped of his sandal.” – punishment for defying the Levirate law was not death

Lv 20: 13…If there is a man that lies with another male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death… - put to death for sterile sex/wasted seed

Dt 22: 28-29…If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father 50 shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days. – no death penalty in this case…and no seed has been wasted, nor is it sterile sex

Lv 20 : 15-16…If there is a man who lies with an animal he shall surely be put to death…If there is a woman who approaches any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal… - sterile sex in both these cases

Lv 21: 17-20…Speak to Aaron saying, “No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the bread of his God. For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles.

Dt 23:1…No one who is emasculated, or has his male organ cut off, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.

Dt 25: 11-12…If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity. – punishment for potential damage to the genitals

Rom 1: 25-27…For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman- the natural function of women is childbearing

1Tim 2: 11-15…Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

Acts 5: 1-11…But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,  and with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”  When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.  The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.  After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.”  But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”  Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. – they were slain for withholding part of a gift

Gal 6: 7…Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. – contraception is a way for accepting the pleasure while denying the fruit and therefore is contrary to this verse

Mt 21: 19…And seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it, and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be an fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered. – Jesus cursed the fruitless fig tree…and how often in Scripture are children referred to as “fruit” of the womb…

Mk 11: 14…And He answered and said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!”…

Gal 5: 20; RV 9: 21; Rev 21:8…the Greek word “pharmakeia” = abortifacient potions

1Cor 6: 19-20…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

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