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This is all about sex, of course -- in particular, the question of purpose: what it's for. I will preface my answer by saying that contraception is not directly addressed in the Bible, so my answer is going to be primarily theological rather than biblical. Catholicism says that sexual acts, to be moral, must have two purposes: that of expressing and ...


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tl;dr> The Church opposes in vitro fertilisation, but not because it is humanity playing at being God. The first port of call in determining what the Catholic Church teaches is always the Catechism. If question can be answered by fundamental principles, the answer is likely to be found there. So: first it's necessary to examine the fundamental principles. ...


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No, there are no passages in the New Testament where Jesus even speaks about contraception. Coincidentally, He never mention airplanes, computers, fast food, or cell phones either. :) All of these are modern inventions for which there was no vocabulary or context in which teaching could be given. (While there were examples of contraceptives in ancient ...


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No. The Pope did not permit or condone artificial birth control. There's a full critique of a number of statements from Light of the World, together with statements from the Vatican which provide a gloss, on the website of the Holy Family Monastery, although it appears they consider that the Pope has erred simply because his statements will be used to ...


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The Anglican church, in 1930, was the first protestant church to officially condone birth control, and the others followed quickly thereafter. Probably that is due to the lack of any explicit Biblical condemnation. The Catholic argument against birth control is based on natural law, which tends to be much less persuasive to protestants. Nevertheless, ...


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Since sexual intercourse is the defining act of marriage, it's helpful to look at what the Catholic Church says about marriage. Traditionally, Catholic theologians have identified three purposes of marriage, which I present here in no particular order: Mutual help of the spouses (which I believe has developed more recently into the notion of the union of ...


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Pope Paul VI issued the Humanae Vitae encyclical in 1968 which provided the basis for not using artificial means of birth control. Part of the argument is that God designed men and women to be fruitful, and that it is morally wrong to play God and circumvent God's design.


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There is a debate going around some Protestant circles on whether certain types of birth control are within God's will. The argument is that some types of birth prevention measures (primarily "the pill") are abortifacients--that is, they cause an embryo to be aborted if it becomes implanted. These abortifacients are causing embryo's--human life that has ...


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Considering the fact that many would say that any contraception statements in the Bible are misinterpretation, I would say that the answer is, "it is not in the Bible." Either both are allowed or neither is. (To me, this makes sense, for the moral effect of "permanent" contraception is not fundamentally different from using "temporary" contraception multiple ...


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I will try to answer the question entirely from a Catholic perspective, as that seems to be what the question demands. The classic determination of a moral act has three parts (CCC 1749-1761): Is the act intrinsically immoral --- which is to say, wrong in every circumstance --- by its very nature? Is the intention good, or bad? Would the circumstances ...


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You seem to be laboring with a misconception. contraception and abortion are not the same thing; Contraception loosely defined is the prevention of a pregnancy, while Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. And while there is some merit to your saying that they both thwart God's plans, you must balance that with the fact that an omniscient God knew that ...


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There are not any references to contraception in the Bible. The two arguments I have heard against using contraception are Onan dying after spilling his semen on the ground to avoid getting his brother's wife pregnant (Genesis 38:8-10). The other is just that it is unnatural


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As Jon commented, we covered the topic in the Christianity.StackExchange Blog last year. I took the Catholic position on the subject but will now attempt to conjure up anti-birth control hermeneutic that even folks who consider Catholicism to be yet another brand of Christianity might consider plausible. First, the non-existence of explicit references ...


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But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother." Genesis 38:9 - New International Version (©2011) This is the scripture I think of when birth control is brought up. Onan's brother had died so his brother's wife came to ...


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The biblical text contains no explicit references to birth control, either for or against. Since you did not reference a particular tradition, this is the simplest answer. However, some groups, through the lens of particular traditions, attempt to infer God's plan about such issues based on various texts. Baptist Fundamentalist and other anti-birth-control ...


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The Roman Catholic Church blames Protestants, specifically the Church of England-sponsored Lambeth Conference of 1930, with opening the door to artificial contraception. Yet is was the Roman Church that in 1853 first "reluctantly" or "with reservations," first among mainstream Christendom approved of any contraceptive practice, the rhythm method (periodic ...


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With these kinds of questions (why is this OK and this not?) the question is really a matter of the heart. Why are you using contraception or why are you "using" abortion? God judges our hearts. 1 Samuel 16:17b ESV ...For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” One can come up with several ...


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Natural Family Planning (NFP) does not interfere with the marital act. Interfering with it is what caused God to punish Onan in Genesis 38:9-10. NFP, also known as periodic abstinence, is supported by St. Paul when he writes (1 Corinthians 7:3-5): 3 Let the husband render the [marriage] debt to his wife, and the wife also in like manner to the ...


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I'm intentionally not reading the non-edited version of this question, because if it is more personal in nature @WaxEagle is right, you should ask a priest (one you know is a really straightforward confessor) for advice. It's not the medication that is treated as grave matter by the Catholic Church, it's contracepting itself. Contrary to popular belief, ...


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Jesus didn't condem Contraception per se, but there is a stong traditon running back to Genesis, that children are a good thing: Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth And ...


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Some support for the view can be found in an extrapolation of Psalm 127. Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. If children are from the Lord, then birth control is like telling him, "No thanks, we have our own plans". Should this attitude be present with those who seek to follow the Lord?



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