Note From RTB: I have posted a couple of articles on this subject all from a different viewpoint but all of them use human logic and the current societies norms to justify their conclusions, which is that contraception is OK in certain circumstances and IVF is OK. These conclusions are not biblical as God is very clear when He says Go and multiply. No exceptions or out clauses. Also God closes and opens up wombs as He wills for the good of the woman and the couple.
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God does not say anything about contraception because we should not be using it. God statements are always commandments and we cannot try to get around them with smart logic or using scriptures to allow wriggle room on the subject. If we do what He says then we do not have any difficult issues to deal with.
God does not specifically state His standard on many subjects but they are all covered by His principles and commandments. How much time we spend watching TV and playing video games and updating FaceBook are not mentioned but we are commanded to pray, spend time loving our family especially our wives. Also, helping orphans and the elderly. To name but a few. How can we as Christians do what God asks if we spend too much time on other activities.
There are more examples on serious subjects which I do not want to go into now.
I believe that contraception is wrong myself. God created sex for marriage. It is for both pleasure and pro-creation. He himself has already stated his WILL in this department is for us to be fruitful and multiply. In Malachi 2:15 God states he is seeking a godly seed. Children are a blessing and proverbs states that “blessed is the man who has his quiver full of them”
We are to trust God. God can open and close the womb? If children are a blessing, than fertility is also a blessing, why refuse a blessing God is trying to give us? God says he will care for us, for our needs, he will provide. So if God is the God the Bible proclaims I am positive that he can handle the birth control issue his way. If God knits us together in our Mother’s womb Psalm 139 We are his creation, he has created that child. If he does not want the child to be born for whatever reason they will not be born.
I realize no everyone will agree with me on this, but I do not see how we can say we are fully trusting God and fully loving God (as isn’t trusting Him part of loving him?) by doing our own will in how many children we ought to have, instead of how many He wants to bless us with to raise up as godly men and woman.
So I guess the short question is this : How are we honouring, trusting, loving and worshiping God as the creator of all, who knows what is best for all, the Alpha and the Omega…but think that we have to decide how many children He should bless us with?
And take it into our own hands?
There have be many testimonies of Christians not having children for a number of years and then the wife becomes pregnant and the in hindsight they see that they were not ready for children and having a baby could have impacted their relationship and many other things in their lives including their relationship with their Father God. Many couples have divorced due to having children when they were not ready. God knows what we can handle and when.
First, we must start with a rejection of the contraceptive mentality that sees pregnancy and children as impositions to be avoided rather than as gifts to be received, loved, and nurtured. This contraceptive mentality is an insidious attack upon God’s glory in creation, and the Creator’s gift of procreation to the married couple.
Second, we must affirm that God gave us the gift of sex for several specific purposes, and one of those purposes is procreation. Marriage represents a perfect network of divine gifts, including sexual pleasure, emotional bonding, mutual support, procreation, and parenthood. We are not to sever these “goods” of marriage and choose only those we may desire for ourselves. Every marriage must be open to the gift of children. Even where the ability to conceive and bear children may be absent, the will to receive children must be present. To demand sexual pleasure without openness to children is to violate a sacred trust.
Third, we should look closely at the Catholic moral argument as found in Humanae Vitae. Evangelicals will find themselves in surprising agreement with much of the encyclical’s argument. As the Pope warned, widespread use of the Pill has led to “serious consequences” including marital infidelity and rampant sexual immorality. In reality, the Pill allowed a near-total abandonment of Christian sexual morality in the larger culture. Once the sex act was severed from the likelihood of childbearing, the traditional structure of sexual morality collapsed.