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Is Birth Control Evil

Do you believe birth control is intrinsically evil and why did every Christian church condemn the use of contraception before 1930?

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You can't use Onan as a precedent for "the withdrawl method being evil". It is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible.

However, disobedience and oath-breaking are definitely mentioned and condemned in many other places.
---StrongExe on 12/11/07

"But by the same token, He comitted 2crimes against God, one of which was also withdrawalor spilling seed."

Emcee, read for context. Onan was punished for disobeying God, not because of using the withdrawal method (which, btw, has a very unsuccessful rate as a birth control method.)

This passage has been misused by many churches to speak out against all forms of evil.

God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, not me.

---NurseRobert on 12/11/07

"The people that I know who have large families aren't supported by anyones tax dollars."

If you reread my statement, I said people can have all they want, as long as they support them. Recently, here in NY, there is a push to increase the amount of welfare money given to families. One woman, who had 11 children, said she "just couldn't live on what the state gave her." I have to ask.. WHERE ARE THE CHILDRENS' FATHERS.
---NurseRobert on 12/11/07


Paul DID advocate celibacy. And in the very next sentence he said "it is better to marry than to burn" - basically, he admitted that demanding celibacy from all Christians was unreasonable (since some have the willpower for it, but not all do).

It is also unreasonable for us to place a heavier yoke on believers than Jesus and Paul did.
---StrongAxe on 12/8/07

veronica - *The people that I know who have large families aren't supported by anyones tax dollars*

You need to explore the Southwest where you will find large renegade Mormon families where polygamy is still practiced. Many of those families depend heavily upon the welfare system - provided by our tax dollars.
---MaryG on 12/7/07

Nurse Roberts :: you may claim that ONAN was punished for disobedience. But by the same token, He comitted 2crimes against God, one of which was also withdrawalor spilling cannot camaflauge the truth.God can read hearts and minds.
---Emcee on 12/7/07

You may be right, NurseRobert, and I don't disagree with "birth control" but I disagree with man's way of preventing childbirth. Taking the pill, being fixed. Maybe, I'm wrong, that is just how I feel about it. It's just one of those things that doesn't seem right to me.
---veronica on 12/7/07

The people that I know who have large families aren't supported by anyones tax dollars. I think you are speaking of people who have child after child, mostly out of wedlock. Those are the people supported mostly by tax dollars.
---veronica on 12/7/07

Tell you what folks: Have as many children as you want. Just don't expect me to support them with my taxes.

Veronica, the story of Onan spilling his seed on the ground has NOTHING to do with birthcontrol, but of disobedience to God. Read for context.
---NurseRobert on 12/7/07

I nonomous::It means steward 'your' actions in Relation to God .Not His works He is the author & giver of Life.He gives & Takes do not question your Creator.He has instilled his system of ecology its mans interference which is causing extinction & destruction .The law of increase & multiply is vital to His will.
---Emcee on 12/7/07

Mary:"Birth control is a responsible thing to do"If so why not be CELIBATE as in Gods way.I do not want to be condemning but reflective.The joys, mental physical are the rewards for submitting to His will of Increase & multiply.IMHO.Using man made methods is stealing His joy without complying with His command.This is evil again IMHO.
---Emcee on 12/7/07

"Be fruitful and multiply" is what the Bible says. Psalm 127:4,5 - "Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them", speaking of children. Gen. 38:9,10. The man spilled his seed on the ground and God was displeased so much so that He took his life from him.
---veronica on 12/7/07

Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Lee: At what point is the earth filled? Once it is filled, do we keep filling it?

It seems God has given us charge to steward the earth. If so, what does stewarding it entail?
---j._nonymous on 12/6/07

Tough question. Every form of birth control has negative physical side effects of some type. When we alter the body,there are always other parts of the body affected. The body is the temple so that is a consideration. I don't know if birth control is a sin unless the control is abortion or even the morning after pill. Birth control opens the door for sexual promiscuity.
---jody on 12/6/07

Oops! Point taken Emcee--let me just explain what I meant. I didn't mean that I agree with China's abortion and one-child laws at all--but the point he made was that this earth is so overpopulated and people are going hungry now--birth control now is a RESPONSIBLE thing to do--but not forced abortion. I must've not been clear, sorry.
---Mary on 12/6/07

There are not going to admit they force women to have abortions but it's widely known. How else would they enforce a one-child policy? There are programs in some 3rd world countries that will not give poor people food if they dont take birth control. They also coerce sterilizations. Wake-up, Mima, contraception is evil.
---janet on 12/6/07

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Lee::As a man you under estimate the powers of God. The laws in China & else where are made by MAN,who lack the knowledge of the Omnipotent God.His order was increase & multiply, we should trust in Him . Anything less would be to be Disobedient,which would be to incur HIS wrath.
Mary you need to rethink your praise of Excellence, what is evil, is only excellent, to those who are,which I believe you are not.
---Emcee on 12/6/07

This statement is incorrect."Are you condoning China's one-child policy where they force women to have abortions?" All couples may have one child or two if the first is born with a birth defect. After the birth of a child, while the woman is still in hospital a operation is performed which prevents future pregnancies. I was there I talked to both Chinese and American doctors(American doctors in China) and that's the way it is!
---Mima on 12/6/07

Lee, Are you condoning China's one-child policy where they force women to have abortions? The reason so many people are starving is not overpopulatiion but the unfair distribution of the world's resources. Lastly, you mention the Bible doesnt say anything against contraception but one of the first things God comands Adam and Eve to do is "be fruitfull and multiply" in Genesis. God is the Creator
---janet on 12/6/07

Frank .. I think that those who are barren have a special blessing, as a kind of spiritual compensation for being unable to bear children, (and this mirrors the Beatitudes)
But I don't think the passage indicates that those who chose by contraception not to have children are blessed because of that decision
---alan_of_UK on 12/5/07

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Excellent points Lee--EXCELLENT! :)
---Mary on 12/5/07

It has been estimated that our planet can only support about 8 billion people. We already have around 6 billion on earth, and sooner or later our religious convictions on birth control will have to change if we want to prevent disasterous consequences of overpopulation.

China already realizes that for their country and limits birth rate to one child per family.

There is not a single verse in the Bible that says that would prohibit family planning.
---lee on 12/5/07

I had hell when I mentioned vasectomy with the consultants according to them it's not the done thing, It's the womans responsibility to look after herself and not get pregnant offering me sterilisation Ha! CONTROL again it's that bad in Africa they sterilise there without anesthetic barbaric yet no one bat's an eyelid. God be with those women.
---Carla5754 on 12/5/07

[29] For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
[30] Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills, Cover us.
[31] For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Alan, agreed.

Emcee, not a blessing. A warning of disaster to come. To those who are rebellious with no fruit of the womb.
Dry trees won't see it.
---Frank on 12/5/07

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My experience tells me most women who don't have children end up with fibroids, awful breast,abdominal pain during menstruation. Many women would love to be in your position just to have children it just never happen for them. To deny yourself of children is your look out, It's not what God intended although you have a choice selfishness bites back . READ BETWEEN THE LINES( who will inherit your hard work?) for many it's their cats or dogs!
---Carla5754 on 12/5/07

Alan, I'd just like to say that whenever I read your blogs they always make sense. You are obviously an intelligent person. I wish more people who blog here would understand that praying does not negate our responsibility to think, as much as thinking does not negate our responsiblity to pray. Alot of what I read here has more to do with popular Church culture than what the Bible says. Thankyou for thinking brother. May you be blessed in all you do.
---j._nonymous on 12/5/07

Question:Is the internet of the Lord? If so, how come there is no mention of it in the Bible? Also, is something automatically wrong simply because its not mentioned in the Bible? If so, why are all you people looking at my blog right now? And why do we judge things like birth control this way?
---j._nonymous on 12/4/07

Frank:: Are you comparing Joyce Meyers to God or His edicts?Any woman who is by her choice barren, does not indulge in the act of Procreation to trigger the natural course of Birth, she is a virgin & is blessed for her endeavour.This is what that verse means IMHO.
---Emcee on 12/4/07

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Frank #3 But I see you did not actually mean that, but that they considered themselves blessed, not realising they did not have the Spirit.
Now, as stated before, I would agree with you there
I am glad you did not mean what I thought you had said, and I am sure that you would agree that what I thought you had said would have been nonsense!
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

Frank "Another thing, do not assume what I am saying when you don't see it in a spiritual light or with a twisted view"
I have not assumend what you are saying ... you did actually say what I have quoted, and I took that in ahn analytical way, not twisted, in an attempt to understand what you were saying, and it seemed unspiritual, and condemnatory.
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

Frank #1 What I read from you was "They (those without) are indeed saying that those who practice birth control rather than trust God are blessed just as churches that no longer have the Spirit (baren wombs, paps that do not give suck) think they are blessed.
I'm sorry that I misinterpreted this to mean that in the same way those who think those who chose not to have children are blessed, so do some churches think they are blessed because they do not have the Spirit
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

Frank #2 And you did say later "Many think churches are blessed that have no manifestation of the Spirit" and that seemed to say clearly that they considered themselves blessed because they did not have the Spirit.
Now I don't know any church that would be pleased that they did not have the spirit, (unless they are pleased they don't have some manifestations such as tongues which they find troubling and unhelpful) so the statement seemed nonsense
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

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Here is an example of what I meant:

Joyce Meyer is considered blessed by many both in and out of church.

She preaches a prosperity message proven false by a multitude of counsellers.

Paps that give no suck spiritually means having no "sincere" milk of the word for babes in Christ.
Insincere through deceit.
No milk.

A womb that bears not means what she bears will not be a child of God. An untimely birth, or one that does not see the sun. (God)
---Frank on 12/4/07

Another thing, do not assume what I am saying when you don't see it in a spiritual light or with a twisted view.
If any truly have eyes to see they have seen what I truly posted.
To those who don't it's just "nonsense" or "babbling" as the word declares.
---Frank on 12/4/07

You have misunderstood me as well.
Many churches do no not have the Spirit.
Yet "they", or in other words those outside the household of faith say they are blessed.
Not because they don't have the Spirit.
But, because they see their earthly wealth or good words and fair speeches and think that those they behold are Christians.
---Frank on 12/4/07

Frank ... # 1 You did not read me properly. I have not said that anything scriptural is nonsense.
What are nonsenses are your suggestions that Christians and others call people blessed because they choose not to have children, and that Christian churches say that if they do not have the Spirit are blessed because they do not have the Spirit.
I doubt if any church says it does not have the Spirit ... although they may feel that certain manifestations of the Spirit (such a tongues) are not for them
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

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Frank ... # 2 Having said that, i see you say the Prosperity churches, for example, do not have the Spirit, and you may be right in this (I have never come directly across them)
But I do not think they will accept that they do not have the Spirit,nor will they say that they are blessed because they don't have the Spirit. I'm sure they will say the Spirit blesses them with prosperity.
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

This is a sore topic to most men & women as it restricts their actions in relation to God & His wishes.All the different excuses given to not have children & yes those who do is entirely THEIR CHOICE but it will be Judged BY GOD.If you did not want to obey me, why did you steal the "Joy ONLY" that I incorporated in you ?you refused My edict.
---Emcee on 12/3/07

I would not be too quick to call spiritual things nonsense.
The word is as God interprets. Not man.
If I'm wrong, so be it.
If I'm right, your term "nonsense" is blasphemy.
Think before you post.
Be angry but sin not.
For the record though, what I posted was indeed true about those who are deceived justifying and calling blessed those who have not the Spirit. That is why the days are shortened. So their blasphemous views don't deceive everyone.
---Frank on 12/3/07

For one, you missed my point totally with the they shall call blessed.
Many think churches are blessed that have no manifestation of the Spirit. And many do not even know that they don't have it.
Such as prosperity churches that show love.
The devil will love his own with a feigned love to damn their soul.
That same love is seen here when someone goes into spiritual matters that show the multitudes are wrong.
---Frank on 12/3/07

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The most dangerous place in America the Beautiful is a mothers womb. Lots of birth control pills make it so a living, needy,fertilized egg, a living human, can't attach to the mothers womb. She has to starve to death in America the Overfed.
---steve on 12/3/07

If a couple is using birth control and becomes pregnant their next step will be to seek an abortion. Doe vs Bolton supreme court decison says abortion must remain legal should contraception fail. It is the same mentality.
---janet on 12/3/07

I would say no birthcontrol is not wrong.I do however believe abortion is wrong.
---shirley on 12/3/07

having a barren womb vs. your choice to stop a birth are 2 different things!
one is by act of God..the other is by your choice.
and your choice is not God's will to prevent a life...
Only God holds the authority to take a life..not you.
---lisa on 12/2/07

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Frank # 1 ... I think you are quite wrong in the thoughts you ascribe to others.
I don't think that anyone, Christian or otherwise, thinks that the passage means anything other than "blessed are the wombs that are unable to bear" No-one says that peope are blessed because they chose not to have children.
---alan_of_UK on 12/2/07

Frank # 2 And as to churches thinking they are blessed because they do not have the Spirit, that is similar nonsense.
Churches have differing views as to the manifestation of the spirit ... some think that to have the Spirit, a church has to have speaking in tongues and perhaps being "slain in the Spirit".
---alan_of_UK on 12/2/07

Frank # 3 Maybe those churches think that others that do not have this manifestation are barren, but this is not true, for they might have the gift of Love, which is manifested by loving service to God and others.
Even they, who do not find they need to be blessed by tongues, do not say that they are blessed by this.
---alan_of_UK on 12/2/07

You people are insane. absolutely insane. You don't have the slightest idea as to what "God" really is. You people are destroying love, peace, and unity. You live like smug elitists looking down upon all those who are unworthy. Every person is human. Every person deserves happiness. Every person is you. Every person is God. Reconnect with your brethren, all of us, and realize the wholeness of the universe. With time, it feels better than spewing hate. =]
---Julisa on 12/1/07

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Lisa, God loves life--ALL life.

It isn't fair to the rest of His creation that Man takes up the whole planet for his offspring and leaves no room for others. And our poisoning the planet for the rest makes it even worse.

God also gave us brains--if we think we cannot cope with children, odds are pretty good it's because we CAN'T. Let the souls be born to other parents, over many years.

6 billion people AT A TIME is more than enough.
---Nancy on 12/1/07

I do happen to believe in using birth control & there's NOTHING wrong in using birth if you don't want an UNPLANNED pregnancy or don't want to raise any children.What's wrong in it? Nothing!! It's the SMART & RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO!!!!!
---pasma on 12/1/07

the timeline is just silly, what did they have for birth control in 1929? in 1929 your husband would leave you (or beat you) if you cut your hair or wore pants. medical science has jumped so many times since then. i think its fine if married people want to plan thier family. theres nothing in the Bible against it so only the Holy Spirit can tell you otherwise.
---Kraus on 11/30/07

I can see your point Frank, however, I am among those who feel blessed to not have children--but it took a loooong time--20 years that I was basically arguing with God before He made me see: my psychiatric and physical problems would have made a wreck of any children I would have had. I had a miscarriage once and now know He spared us both a lot of pain and I'm grateful to Him now. :)
---Mary on 11/30/07

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I am proving God right now I am having a child at 43 because I do not believe in taking any type of birth control which causes the fertilised egg to be expelled without attaching itself to the womb. However I am not against condoms or other natural types birth control. I see no harm in the right to concieve without murder sorry if thats not good enough for the no control campaigners well, over 50 and pregnant don't appeal to my mind, health or body!
---Carla5754 on 11/30/07

The Lord said that "they" would say blessed are the wombs that bear not and the paps that do not give suck.
They (those without) are indeed saying that those who practice birth control rather than trust God are blessed just as churches that no longer have the Spirit (baren wombs, paps that do not give suck) think they are blessed.
But, as it is done in the green tree, so is it done in the dry.
---Frank on 11/30/07

A child is a blessing to a Godly union, a reponsibility to those who do not abstain and the evidence of judgment against fornicators, adulterers and those who do not trust God in all things.
Even the evidence of faith towards those who trust God and wait on his time doing things his way.
One child but many things to many people.
---Frank on 11/30/07

it's a shame people think birth control or no control as far as money.
Maybe if we truly learn to trust in the Lord..He will provide for you.
So it is silly to deny a child a chance to be born because you think you can't handle it.

God want's life...Give Him a chance to prove it to you...don't take it away.
---lisa on 11/30/07

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Okay I've said it before but I'll say it again: those who feel all birth control is sin should be willing to shell out all their time and money taking care of the human results of the forever pregnant!
---Mary on 11/30/07

Strong axe:You are right, control is not meant for the weak & timid so the alternative is increase & multiply but if you still want to avoid then use the Natural Method created by God.BUT ANY OTHER WAY CREATED BY MAN IS EVIL,BECAUSE IT CONTRAVENES THE LAW OF PRODUCTAVITY & PROGRESSION OF THE HUMAN RACE.
---Emcee on 11/30/07


Paul encouraged Christians to be celibate (since family obligations can distract one from serving the Lord).

Yet he did not forbid marriage. Why not? He said "it is better to marry than to burn".
Why is this? Because he knew that, for many, the carnal appetites CANNOT be totally controlled.

Jesus also said something similar ("this teaching is not for everyone, but only to those to whom it has been given")
---StrongAxe on 11/30/07

Strong axe ::It teaches CONTROL of the human desire.If you study the science & behaviour of animals, The female of the species only allows the male to approach when in Rut.The male respects that.Should we not as part of the animal Kingdom do that as well.what if God created this instinct in us.
---Emcee on 11/29/07

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The reason why the Billings Ovulation Method is acceptable is because it does not place anything in between the man and his wife, nor does it modify either the woman's or the man's body. What it does do is bring the husband and wife closer together. If you are married both you and your spouse research this method and you will find out for yourself how this is far superior in drawing both of you together compared to the alternatives.
---Francis on 11/29/07

Strongaxe::I am surprised you should ask for a biblical excerpt.To contravene Gods law is wrong hence evil.However Genesis. 1:: 28 should meet your need.
---Emcee on 11/29/07


I am not interested in what these people's program is or what they say about it.

I AM insterested in what theological justification YOU have (chapter and verse, please, if possible) to say that such methods are wholesome and biblical and good, while other methods (such as condoms and pills) are loathesome and evil and ungodly?
---StrongAxe on 11/29/07

yes it's evil.
God gave Adam and Eve a choice...He gives us one too. It is up to us to follow The will of God. Which is always pro-life.
---lisa on 11/27/07

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Strongaxe::"What for"??In the anatomy of Man & woman since God enlightened man through His Holy will in the restraint & self control and intelligence.I am sure if you don't know you can find out from proper sources who teach this Method.It can be learnt.
---Emcee on 11/27/07


God's way? How so? In which scripture do you find the Rhythm Method taught?

There are also many things that are artificial (i.e. man-made) that are spoken of approvingly in scripture (bread, metal, cloth, architecture).
---StrongAxe on 11/27/07

God gave you a choice. I don't remember seein in the bible anything about that being sinful.
---Cameron on 11/26/07

Strongaxe::SIMPLE, its natural Gods way. The other is Mans way
Remember the lords Prayer "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"
---Emcee on 11/26/07

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Just what exactly IS "his plan" in this regard?

How is using a pill or a condom (say) to prevent birth "thwarting God's plan", while using the rhythm method to prevent a birth "God's perfect will"?

Most things have multiple uses, some better than others. A piece of stone can be used to sharpen a knife (good), or smash someone's skull (bad). What criteria do YOU use to determine what the "correct" use is of everything?
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07

Things created by God are Perfect to the last atom.God built in a sure way of sustaining mans craving.Its Natural created by God & therefore NOT evil, but using other methods to THWART His plan IS.Its like adding Or subtracting to or from His word, or work of creation.
It was called the "Rythm method" In the olden days surplanted with the BOM which is a more refined and defined way.But not evil.
---Emcee on 11/22/07


Why is BOM "good" and all other forms of birth control (which achieve the same result) "bad" in your opinion? What is the fundamental difference?
---StrongAxe on 11/21/07

On a planet with over six billion people, where almost every life-form is threatened with extinction due to pollution or loss of habitat, I would not say birth control is a sin.

I would say it is an absolute moral obligation!
---Nancy on 11/19/07

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Strongaxe - I think you misunderstood what I wrote, I did not state that every act of intimacy necessarily be for procreative purposes. I wrote to use the Billings Ovulation Method aka:(BOM) instead. Do research on BOM. Then you will understand why it will bring you and your spouse closer together and why other forms of birth control are not needed. Also if you want, do research on the physiological effects of birth control on marriage.
---Francis on 11/16/07


The most reliable form of birth control is abstinence. One could take the "birth control is evil" argument to its ridiculous conclusion by saying that abstinence is thus also "evil", since it might prevent the conception of someone whom God has already foreknown.
---StrongAxe on 11/16/07

I would never use the pill but there are other birth control methods which can be used where you choose whether you wish to concieve or not one instance in the bible suggests that it was not condemned when a brother of a dead man spilled his seed on the ground rather than raise up a child with his brothers widowed wife. No my choice of birth control but it obviously existed on hubbies lap top and it's late, post scripture in morning, Good morning and Good nite all.
---Carla5754 on 11/15/07

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