There are some who would say, ‘birth control is wrong.’ Catholics lean this way. There are others who would say, “God gave you a brain, you can think for yourself; why would that even be an issue?’ It can be very controversial.
Those who say that you should never use birth control, one of the arguments from the Bible they use, is Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” Have kids, and lots of them! Dr Walter Martin the original “Bible Answer Man” radio show host says, “Today the numbers have increased, the earth IS full, birth control is acceptable.” I think that’s valid.
Another verse is Psalm 127:3 says:
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Other versions and verses will say, “Children are a blessing from God.” The typical American family has about 2 kids, why is that?
Many people, me included have chosen not to have more blessings for the two most common reasons;
1. We can’t afford it. 2. We don’t have time. If I am honest with myself, these are self-centered and selfish excuses. To say, “We don’t have enough money,” says either we love the material blessings of this world more, or we’re bad stewards, or we don’t have faith in God to provide. And to say we don’t have enough time, means our time is more important than family time. We currently have three children and are praying about adopting a fourth, but these two reasons still are real in our minds.
So, do I believe that birth control is a sin for a believer? There is nothing in the Bible that says that, so I cannot say that it is. But, I do believe is that our culture’s approach is often wrong. “Well everybody does it, so we are going to do it and here’s what we are going to do!” This often happens without prayer, and without seeking God. And if there is any area in your life that you should pray and seek God, it is in the area of God’s blessings of new life.
I think birth control without seeking God is leaving the giver of life out of the equation and is not wise. If there is a verse in the Bible that implies that human choice is definitely a factor in child births its John 1:12-13.
God gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
This verse could imply that there are times that it’s a husband’s decision, or it’s the couple’s decision together to have kids or not have kids.
But the verse’s real meaning is that we can become the children of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. That’s God’s decision! It’s a great decision. Have you made the decision to be a child of God by admitting you are a sinner, asking Christ to forgive you and be your savior and Lord? It’s the best decision you’ll ever make.
Thank you for this wisely worded post. I think the words of many people who argue in favor of birth control portray a certain measure of faith in what the Scriptures say that God is able to do or may I say, perhaps, a lack of faith in God as our Father/Provider. Others, have come from abusive homes or homes where children are seen as knick-knacks rather than being children of promise and covenants, as the parents work endlessly and tirelessly to work for things that God gives freely. And it does take a measure of grace to believe that God is going to give you something that other people spend their wheels endlessly to get. I am a father of six children and can say that God has given a measure of faith to raise my children. I do not see myself as superior to being superior to others, but as one who has bought into what the Bible says rather than following the music of the pied pipers who have fashioned their minds after the pattern of the present world. Blessings to you.
Thanks for the comments, well said. May the Lord bless you as you raise six kids, you are making a difference! Darrell