Question of the day: birth control.

This topic is something that ruffles feathers on both sides of the issue. And I’m sure the title of this post has already caused the wheels in your head to turn and your opinions on the matter are about to burst at the seams. And that’s good!

In case you’re still a little fuzzy on what exactly the question might be, I’ll lay it out for you. But please, be conscious of feelings with this issue. Fertility and Pregnancy can be very tender subjects – especially for women.

Of course you’re allowed to have strong opinions about things, but please present your thoughts with grace.

Here’s the question(s)…

Should Christians use birth control?

Is using birth control a responsible option couples should utilize for planning purposes?
What about if the couple cannot financially provide for children at the time?

Is it okay to use birth control to help correct any hormonal/medical issues a woman might have?

Do you side with the thoughts that those who use birth control are trying to “play God”?
Why or why not?

Thoughts?  Ideas?  Scripture to back up your opinions?

Leave a comment below!  But, again – please present your opinions gracefully.

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Posted on February 28, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I believe that birth control is fine. The only birth control I would not like to see used is the type that does not prevent fertilization of the egg but, rather, creates a hostile environment for the fertilized egg to implant…such as the IUD. Other birth controls, such as the pill, are not hostile to the fertilized egg should the contraceptive effectiveness fail.

    I am a Christian and this is just my opinion on the matter.

  2. Your request for scriptural backup runs the risk of proof texting at its worst. I have no problem with birth control if used within the right contexts and used as a preventative and not as a after thought.

    On the medical issue: Scripture doesn’t speak directly into that situation; however Timothy was told to use a little wine for his stomach problems and we have a context of the use of medicine for health issues. In this context: the “pill” can be of great benefit to those who need it.

    Some people have faced the tragedy of having multiple miss carriages. It is inhumane to suggest that they need to continually face the ongoing trauma of this experience and again birth control is a medical method of controlling this.

    I have a heap of thoughts on this subject, but will leave it here for now. Great provocative question and well done for asking it.

  3. I think that birth control is fine, that is, if it is the type that prevents conception. Any type of “birth control” beyond that, I believe, is abortion.

    Now, there is something to be said for the argument from a Catholic perspective. When we consider that sex is for the procreation of the human race, that children are a blessing, and that a quiver full of sharp arrows could be used against the Enemy, then putting a stop to it may be considered as a contradiction of purpose. On the other hand, sex has another purpose – marriage fulfillment (’nuff said on that).

    The sad thing about birth control is that it does give many the justification for having sex without considering the purposes. Since it was designed by God, and since we were actually told to “be fruitful and multiply,” at the very least it should cause the Christian to stop and think.

  4. Personally, I am all for any sort of birth control (within a marriage) that keeps the sperm from hitting the egg. I consider a fertilized egg a baby.

    Blessings Heather!

  5. My wife and I have heavily researched this and found that EVERY birth control pill out there that we have found, if you take the time to dig and research, has a fail safe if the original intent of the pill does not work correctly. That fail safe is to prevent the egg from entering the uterus, and therefore aborts the fertilized egg. Though this is a very small chance, it is still a chance and I would say the chance of abortion is not worth it.

    • I have been in the medical field for a very long time. I have searched and searched for the assertion you make here and wondered if perhaps you would provide a link to your findings.

      I ask this respectfully and in the interest of educating myself. Thanks!

      • These are just 3, I actually searched out a birth control that does not have the effect listed by the *** marks and I could not find one. If one site did not mention it, another site would. Note that I searched out several pills by name and checked at least 5 sources for each individual pill.

        This is just a quick search on it. There are many more sites that say the same thing.

        How Contraceptives Cause Abortions
        Abortifacient = a drug or device that induces an abortion

        Certain contraceptives act as abortifacients by preventing the fertilized egg (conceived child) from implanting in the uterine wall. The drug or device causes the endometrium (lining of the uterus) to become hard, slippery or irritated so the conceived child does not implant in the uterus and is expelled from the woman’s body. Contraceptives that can act as abortifacients are:
        • The Pill
        • IUD (Inter-Uterine Device)
        • Depo-provera (Injection)
        • Lunelle (Injection)
        • The Implant–Implanon (replacement for Norplant)
        • Emergency Contraception (EC, “The Morning After Pill)

        http://iowartl.org/get-the-facts/birth-control/birth-control-contraceptives/

        How does the Mini Pill work?

        The mini pill prevents pregnancy in several ways. Their main action is to cause thickening of the cervical mucus; this blocks sperm from entering the cervix to reach and fertilize the egg. They can also prevent ovulation, which is the release of eggs from the ovaries as well *** as cause changes in the lining of the uterus preventing implantation of the pregnancy. ***

        http://www.nyabortion.com/birthcontrol/theminipill.shtml

        Oral Contraceptive (estrogen/progestin)

        Taken daily by women to suppress ovulation *** and change the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg ***

        http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/birthcontrolfailure.html

  6. In March I was planning on doing a post about birth control for two reasons: 1) I thought it a “nice” follow-up to the Valentine’s Day series (Heh), and 2) because my wife is using a hormonal birth control and recently asked me (for the first time since before we got married) how I felt about birth-control. You can maybe check back later and find more of my thoughts.

    Obviously, I am not 100% against birth-control if my wife is using something. I think most of the passages people use to say all forms of birth-control are bad are (as is frequently the case with Scripture, I am finding) taken out of context. If there is a passage that is used I may agree with it is “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

    Otherwise, it is rather hypocritical to use medical devices and treatments in some areas while saying “God gave us the means to create these to help us” and then condemn an entire area that has helped save lives, as well (some hormonal treatments came from or led to birth-control options).

    One great argument I like for it: The only 100% way to avoid pregnancy is abstinence, and God could certainly get past the .01% or greater chance of “birth-control failure” to “get you pregnant.” If the “birth-control” can cause a fertlized egg to die/not plant (abortion), it should not be used at all.

  7. Preventative methods ok. Abortive methods not ok.

    Both sex and children are gifts – woooo!

  8. Should Christians use birth control?

    Answer: No

    Is using birth control a responsible option couples should utilize for planning purposes?

    Answer: No

    Is it okay to use birth control to help correct any hormonal/medical issues a woman might have?
    Answer: No

    Do you side with the thoughts that those who use birth control are trying to “play God”?
    Answer: Yes

    Explanation of Answers:

    I recommend that anyone not clear on the Issues, read the book ” When Does Life Begin ” By my Friend Dr. George Crabb, D.O. Birth control is the same as Masturbation, in that the mans see ( or woman’s egg ) is not used for GOD’s intended purpose;
    Genesis 38:9,10 ” And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also. ”
    If you feel that you can not financially afford children, your faith should be strong enough in knowing that the LORD will provide.
    As for Hormonal imbalance, there are other medications other then Birth control pills.

  9. In love, with all respect, may I offer some responses to the above (Lenny) statements?
    1) “Should Christians use birth control?” Answer: NO

    Abstinance IS birth control. Abstinance within marriage is condoned (see next point).

    2) Do you side with the thoughts that those who use birth control are trying to “play God”? Answer: yes

    This statement, along with, “Is using birth control a responsible option couples should utilize for planning purposes?” made me think of a particular verse. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:5, “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” Notice something – the word “except.” Even though there is a command to do a particular thing, there is freedom to choose when NOT to do it. Just a thought.

    2) The story of Onan and masturbation.

    I seriously believe that saying this verse is a condemnation of masturbation is an example of “eisegesis,” rather than “exegesis.” The “thing” which Onan “did” was deprive his brother of a heritage, and his brother’s wife of children. Consider Deuteronomy 25:5-6, “If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.”

    Onan, in defiance of God, went in to have sex with this woman, but then “spilled his seed” without completing the act. He used her for himself, deprived God of obedience, Israel of a son, and disgraced the woman on top of it all. Masturbation was, at best, the very least of Onan’s sins.

    3) If you feel that you can not financially afford children, your faith should be strong enough in knowing that the LORD will provide.

    This has a certain ring to it. Is sounds a little like the sin of “presumption.” This is the sin that Satan tempted Jesus with from atop the temple.

    In conclusion, because I am already 15 minutes past my desperately needed bed-time, I believe that any time a sperm and egg unite, you have a human at conception. Aside from that, sperm is sperm, and an egg is an egg. It is no more murder to masturbate than it is murder NOT to fertilize every egg during ovulation.

  10. The couples that can abstain during marriage in a timely way to prevent pregnancy are very rare…however they do exist. But most need some help. And birth control that doesn’t kill a fertilized egg, a baby, is medicine just like cough medicine. So it is for a woman needing hormonal correction. And to me you’re playing God if you demand to be healed or miraculously not become pregnant with no medicine. Healing and preventing pregnancy use the medicine God gave us and/or the humble prayers He placed in our heart.

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