Q. I would be interested to see biblical proof that God is against contraception. I know that Genesis 38:8-10 talks of Onan spilling his seed, but God was mad at Onan for not obeying him, I don’t believe it was necessarily the act he committed. If you read the verse prior in 6 & 7 it says that Judah’s firstborn was wicked so God put him to death. This is what he was indicating when he said he slew him too.
A.Yes, Onan too was wicked. Onan partook of sexual pleasure with his brother’s wife but contracepted by spilling his seed. That was his explicit intent. He was not obligated to give his brother’s wife an heir upon pain of death. God did not kill him b/c he didn’t want to give offspring to his brother. This is explicitly laid down in the Law. Punishment for not giving a dead brother offspring was a ceremony of humiliation, not death.
Deut 25:5“When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, …Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her 6“It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel 7“But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, …8“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her, 9 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house. 10“In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’
That is a far cry from execution.
To summarize: God killed Onan because he contracepted by spilling his semen on the ground, the ancient preferred method of contraception before condoms, IUD’s, spermicide, and the Pill. Protestant apologists, contend, in attempt to justify their approval of contraception, that God killed Onan b/c he refused to do the right thing and give his brother an heir. But the Deut. passage I quoted above proves that the punishment for refusing to take a dead brother’s wife and raise up an heir to him was PUBLIC HUMILIATION. The punishment was NOT death. It was NOT a capital crime to refuse to do the right thing.
But God showed His displeasure with Onan for pursuing sexual pleasure with the wife of his dead brother, stripped of its procreative power by contracepting (withdrawal). In God’s eyes this was a MORTAL, as in DEADLY sin. Exactly the teaching of the Catholic Church today.
Q. I also believe that God would not look down on a woman who prevents pregnancy because she has a medical condition that would either cause harm to her or the baby.
A. I agree with you.
Q. I had a friend who had 8 miscarriages because of a medical problem. It would be unwise for her to try for any more.
A. Unwise? If she just can’t bear another miscarriage or it would truly be a threat to her life, then her husband and she must agree out of charity to either adopt in order to have a child and/or abstain from intercourse during fertile times using NFP.
Q. I also have a friend who has a rare blood clotting disorder that endangers her life each time she gets pregnant. She has come close to dying with each child. After having her second child, she threw blood clots to her lungs and legs. They cannot give her any more medication for these clots again. If she has another child, she will sentence herself and her child to death. She will also leave her other two children motherless and her husband wifeless.
A. Then both her husband and she have a duty to avoid pregnancy. They may need to live as Mary and Joseph lived–in complete chastity, devoting themselves to God and their family in order to preserve the life of the mother. They will not die from abstinence. In fact, the self denial involved in this life will undoubtedly lead them closer to God, each other, and holiness.
Q. Yes she has faith, which is the reason she did not abort when so many specialist said it was the only way she could survive.
A. A noble, and holy woman.
Q. But, although we live by faith, we have to use common sense.
A. You mean that the husband should be allowed to indulge himself ?
And which methold of contraception would you stake your life on?
Abortion as a back up? Killing an innocent child just so they can have pleasure?
Q. I have faith that God will protect me, but I will not stand in the way of a moving train and expect to be saved from death.
A. Just don’t do it, then.
This just in: January 13, 2009
New study links oral contraceptives to increased incidence of breast cancer. But will we hear about this in the politically correct press?
Click HERE for the aticle at American Journal of Epidemiology