Is birth-control a sin?

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No doubt an issue that many of us married (and unmarried) Christians have had to wrestle with at one time or another. Opinions in the church vary, and in many cases there are no easy answers.

Mark Drsicoll dealt with this issue in his current sermon series titled Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions. I’d encourage everyone who is interested in this topic (meaning everyone) to consider his teaching. What are your experiences with this issue? Let’s chat, shall we?

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12 thoughts on “Is birth-control a sin?

  1. Personally this has never been a consideration for me.

    The owner of my company grew up Catholic however and won’t allow birth control medicines on our health care.

  2. We actually discussed this in a class I took back in seminary. The conclusion I formed back then is still the one I have now. Birth control is not a sin. However, I have problems with abortion or the morning after pill.

    DH

  3. However, I have problems with abortion or the morning after pill

    Dee: What about “the pill?”

    The owner of my company grew up Catholic however and won’t allow birth control medicines on our health care.

    And wow this sticks out to me as the big question… does s/he have the right to make that judgement? For you and your wife (or significant other?)

    I do have something to offer on this topic personally. But right now I’m hearing Richard Marx on the Muzak and it’s making me disoriented!

  4. i don’t think it’s a sin. i think it’s unnatural, and if a couple can use natural methods, such as the rhythm method, that’s much more preferable. however, i know that the pill has medical benefits for a lot of females who aren’t even sexually active. as far as the catholic church’s stance, i’ve always seen the church as being in the realm of ideals, not reality, and therefore stances on sexual issues in particular don’t translate as neatly as perhaps they would like. spiritual ideals and real life are very hard to make jive.

  5. for starters, depo depleted her bone density – gotta read the fine print.

    secondly, it killed her sex drive – a side effect we only discovered once she’d come off the shot.

    thirdly, there is the ever so slight chance that the medication actually killed a conceived embryo. that would not be cool.

    fourthly, i’d much rather have gone the Biblical route and let God decide when we had a child or not.

  6. fourthly, i’d much rather have gone the Biblical route and let God decide when we had a child or not.

    I find this statement a bit interesting.

    Do you think the Biblical route is just having sex for the purpose of procreation without planning and if a child comes it comes? And what would interfering with God’s plans to have children mean for you. Are practices like the rythm method, pulling out, any sexual activities that dont end up in full exposure of sperm to egg interference?

    I guess Im a little uncomfortable with the statement. In all honesty if one was to believe that you were only going to have children when and if God wanted you to then the pill or anyone these things arent really an issue seeing that conception is going to happen or not happen regardless.

    Part of my hesitancy with this statement I suposes comes from a good friend who just had a still birth in essence because she wanted to do things naturally for this child and waited for two weeks after her due date rather than being induced. Was that God’s plan for her not to have another child? Divine birth control? Im not really comfortable with that thought.

  7. I’ve wondered about this before. If abortion is a sin because it kills a human life, and birth control (or any type of contraception) is a sin because it prevents a human life from being born, then is it a sin to abstain as well? Abstinence prevents a human life from being born. I don’t truly think abstinence is a sin, and I don’t think that birth control is a sin as long as it’s within the bounds of marriage.

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