The Bible against Contraception

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them!

He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:4-5)

Human fertility is a blessing
Gen 1:27-28 – be fruitful and multiply
Ex 23:25-26; Deut 7:13-14 – fertility declared a covenantal blessing
Ps 127:3-5 – children are a gift from God…blessed is a quiver full
Hos 9:10-17 – Israel punished with childlessness
1 Tim 2:11-15 – women saved through childbearing
Lev 21:20 – crushed testicles called defect/blemish
Deut 23:1 – castrated men banned from OT worship

Withholding self and seed is unnatural and sinful
Gen 38:9-10 – Onan killed by God for spilling his semen on the ground
Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias/Saphira slain for withholding part of their gift

The OT punishes sterile sex with death
Lev 20:13 – death sentence for man with man (sterile sex)
Lev 20:15 – death sentence for man with animal (sterile sex)
Lev 20:16 – death sentence for woman with animals (sterile sex)

Artificial means of contraception condemned
Gal 5:20; Rev 9:2; Rev 21:8
These three passages condemn “sorcery”. However, the Greek word used is pharmakeia, a word denoting pharmaceutical contraceptives and abortificants.

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