Hope you all have fun with March Madness, both NCAA and Logos. On another front, the podcast this week on racial reconciliation is an important one. One of the ways the church can be distinctive is in how we show the results of the cross in personal terms.
I think the question has to include what does "birth control" really mean in order to come to a reasonable position.
Definition of birth control
: control of the number of children or offspring born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception
: contraceptive devices or preparations. So based on that definition I would say that it means using artificial devices or products to prevent the fertilization of the eggs of the female. So the answer gets more difficult here because we know the that ejaculate of a male contains millions of sperm. It's only God that knows which sperm will contact which egg and therefore begin life (in my opinion it begins at that very moment) So don't we limit the work of God when we interfere with that divine work? This is a difficult question because we live in a time where we believe that we can only afford one or two children. I just happen to be old enough that I remember when families of 10-12 children were the norm. Somehow my grandparents for example managed to live as poor farmers and yet provide for 10 children who all grew up and became successful, well educated and productive citizens. God will provide if we trust Him is my point. I would say that birth control actually is just another form of abortion.
Dave, I actually do think that a person could jeopardize one's salvation by making the decision to abandon faithful obedience, and refusing to repent. Christ said a lot about if you abide in me--if you remain, etc. I'm aware that many do not agree with my belief about that. Thanks for your kind words.
I tend to see that God's first command to mankind and his first blessing was that they should procreate, and it seems that having children is a blessing that we should welcome with joy and with faith. Jesus said that if we welcome him we must welcome little children, and I fancy that he meant exactly what he said.
In addition, there is only one episode in the Bible that describes any form of birth control (Gen 38, the story of Onan), which is very negative.
It seems to me that the attitude that desires to limit our fertility is fundamentally an attitude of unbelief, and disciples of Christ ought not to think that way.
Over the last century we have seen Western society come to take it for granted that sex and marriage are not really about children at all, but are about pleasure. I am not convinced that it has been a good development