Thursday, August 13, 2009


While Christians are frequently involved in “pro-life” organizations, perhaps we should appraise all forms of contraception.

While many of us point our fingers
at those who choose abortion,
have we considered
God’s view regarding other
“acceptable” forms of contraception?

These choices are frequently justified by concluding that “at least they don’t destroy life”. However, if we did our homework, we might discover otherwise.

Every chemical contraceptive preparation, as well as intrauterine device, has a “backup” mechanism should breakthrough pregnancy occur. This “Plan B” prevents the precious living embryo from attaching to the uterine wall, leading to death. Supposedly one of the most “fool-proof” contraceptives, it is estimated that the frequency of chemical abortions for a woman reliably using the pill is one in 88 menstrual cycles! Based on the millions of women using various drugs and devices to prevent pregnancy, how can we justify judgment of others, when we ourselves may be actively involved in a “Pharmaceutical Holocaust”?

Maybe some biblical responses will help reconcile the many questions I’m likely stirring-up:

Q: “Isn’t contraception acceptable when the mother’s life is endangered by pregnancy?”
A: Our decisions will not change the number of days already appointed to us. [Job 14:5, Ps. 139:16]
Q: “Isn’t abortion acceptable when the fetus faces ‘abnormalities’?”
A: Are we to conclude that any child is not worthy to be used for God’s glorious purposes? [John 9]
Q: “Does God want more children brought into this messed-up world?”
A: God’s people would have vanished from earth long ago if this were justifiable! We are commanded to multiply [Genesis 1:28]. God preserves those whom He chooses regardless of the condition of this world. [Mark 13:20]
Q: “What about those who can not financially afford or find time for more children?
A: We are not to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear. If we seek first His kingdom and righteousness, all of our needs will be met. Eliminating everything from our schedule which has no eternal significance leaves plenty of time and energy for that which God desires. [Matthew 6:31-34, Psalm 34:8-10]
Q: “Doesn’t God realize that we are too old to have more children?”
A: If God considered you too old, He would have made it impossible for you to get pregnant. [Genesis 17-18]
Q: “Our daughter has a full scholarship to Harvard. Does God want her to sacrifice that?”
A: “Lean not on your own understanding.” “Your ways are not His ways.” [Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 55:9] He is most concerned about her spiritual life.
Q: “Where do I get this kind of faith?”
A: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” [Hebrews 11:1, 6]

We have a choice. Will we diligently seek God for His wisdom or will we continue to allow our actions to tell Him, “You are not trustworthy to be Lord over conception! I will use contraception to control this area of my life”?


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