6 Reasons Why Contraception is Sinful and Contrary to God’s Will

Prior to 1930, all Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox held that contraception was sinful and contrary to God’s will. Not only Catholics, but even dissenting voices such as Martin Luther and John Calvin agreed that contraception was against the natural law and the revealed will of God.

The unified consensus against contraception fell apart in 1930, when the Seventh Lambeth Conference of the Church of England, representing the Anglican Communion, issued a statement allowing birth control “when there is a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence.” This highly controversial decision was gradually accepted by Protestants in general so that currently 90% or more (according to a Harris Interactive poll) practicing Evangelicals support the use of contraceptives and contraceptive behavior. Although the Duggars of “19 and Counting” fame are Protestant, they are certainly the exception.

It’s been about 80 years since Protestants changed their position, so that hardly anyone living today remembers a time when all those claiming the title “Christian” opposed contraception. Even the Eastern Orthodox have caved in. The Eastern Orthodox, who claim to be stalwart defenders of their tradition, have reversed the tradition and allowed for contraception – contradicting the plain teaching of Saint John Chrysostom on this matter. The Eastern Orthodox Metropolitan Jonah here in the United States is leading the charge in this regard.

The only people defending the traditional view universally against contraception are Catholics. We’re riding solo and it’s a tough battle.

In the discussions regarding American health care and the HHS debate, many folks (even some Catholics) are confused as to why Catholics are so concerned about contraception. “Everybody is doing it,” so it can’t be wrong…right?

Well, just remember that “contraceiving  Christians” is a new phenomenon. It was formerly believed to be gravely evil. Let us examine six reasons why contraception is sinful and contrary to God’s will.

1. Contraception is contrary to natural law. The male and female procreative organs naturally come together to procreate a child. The word procreate includes the term “create” since a new life is made. In the case of humans, a new immortal soul is created by God when the father and mother come together and conceive a new person. As Peter Kreeft said, the most holy place on earth is the altar where the Eucharist is consecrated – the second most holy place is the woman’s body since it form there that new immortal souls spring forth. The procreative organs naturally function for procreation. That is why God made them as they are. To frustrate the act (interruptus or barrier) is gravely sinful. To poison the body with hormones so as to inhibit the woman’s natural cycle of fertility (birth control pill) is gravely sinful. To cut out or purposefully scar procreative organs (sterilization) is gravel sinful. These acts seek to destroy what is natural.

2. In the Bible, babies are always a blessing, never a curse.

Lo, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 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 (Ps 126:3-5).

The Catholic Church has always agreed with the words of this Psalm: “children are a heritage from the Lord. Happy is the man who has a quiver full of them!” To this effect, Saint Paul teaches:

Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty (1 Tim 2:15).

Granted, this is an obscure passage, but it highlights the esteemed role that women have in bringing new souls into the world. The Christian wife is exhorted to possess “faith and love and holiness, with modesty” but her personal sacrifice of bearing children is esteemed as the greatest response to the grace of God in her life. Just as God the Father is always open to more and more children whom he loves, so also the Catholic parent remains open to this precious gift of life.

The emphasis on the gift of life and the rules and norms for protecting it are essential to Catholic moral teaching. The sexual abuses condemned by the Apostle Paul can be summed up as an abuse of one of the greatest gifts given to humanity—the ability to cooperate with God’s creative power. God could have continued to create human beings just like he created Adam; instead He chose to bring about new persons through the institution of marriage and the family.

3. The case of Onan. Catholics (and pre-1930 Protestants) condemn both masturbation and contraception by appealing to the case of Onan who “spilled his seed on the ground”:

He knowing that the children should not be his, when he went in to his brother’s wife, he spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born in his brother’s name. And therefore the Lord slew him, because he did a detestable thing. (Genesis 38:9–10, D-R)

Here, God directly kills Onan for performing coitus interruptus. Onan’s crime included gaining the pleasure of sexual relations with Tamar but the refusal to see the act through as a natural act intended for procreation. Hence, intentional spilling of seed, either in the form of masturbation or contraception is gravely sinful – so much so that God killed a man for it.

Some may object: “Yes, but God killed him for not fulfilling Levirate duties – not for contraception.” This objection is poor since Judah also failed in executing the Levirate obligations – but he was not killed by God. So then, it was the contraceptive act in particular that proved both sinful and mortal for Onan.

4. The New Testament condemns contraception, which it calls pharmakeiaAs I detail in my book The Catholic Perspective on Paul, Saint Paul condemns contraception by the name of “pharmakeia,” the word from which we derive our term “pharmacy.”

Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery {pharmakeia}, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21).

Surely, Paul does not mean to condemn those who prescribe herbs for those suffering from gout. Looking back to Saint Paul’s list, we see that the sin of pharamakeia follows sexual sins and the sin of idolatry. These ancient witchdoctors or pharmacists were especially popular in idolatrous cultures, since pagan fertility rites often involved sexual orgies. Obviously, the women involved in these depraved rituals would not wish to bear children to strangers, and so they sought to become sterile or sought to relieve themselves of the responsibility of a child through abortion. The ancient Greek pharmacists could provide drugs to meet these goals.

The book of Revelation also condemns those who practice pharmakeia along with those who practice idolatry, murder, and sexual immorality (Rev 9:20-21). The grouping of pharmakeia with the three sins of idolatry, murder, and sexual immorality further confirms that pharmakeia is sin relating to killing and sexual impurity. The second-century physician Soranos of Ephesus, in his book Gynecology, uses the Greek term pharmakeia to refer to potions used for both contraception and abortion. In a similar manner, the third-century theologian Hippolytus condemned certain Christian women who employed “drugs {pharmakois} for producing sterility.”

5. The Church Fathers condemned contraception. This could be a post on its own. I’ll just provide three quotes from the Church Fathers on this subject. The first is from the eminent Saint John Chrysostom (in AD 391):

“[I]n truth, all men know that they who are under the power of this disease [the sin of covetousness] are wearied even of their father’s old age [wishing him to die so they can inherit]; and that which is sweet, and universally desirable, the having of children, they esteem grievous and unwelcome. Many at least with this view have even paid money to be childless, and have mutilated nature, not only killing the newborn, but even acting to prevent their beginning to live.” John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew 28:5 (A.D. 391).

The second is from Saint Jerome (in AD 393) and draws on the sin of Onan:

“But I wonder why he [the heretic Jovinianus] set Judah and Tamar before us for an example, unless perchance even harlots give him pleasure; or Onan, who was slain because he grudged his brother seed. Does he imagine that we approve of any sexual intercourse except for the procreation of children?” Jerome, Against Jovinian 1:19 (A.D. 393).

And then third from Saint Augustine (in AD 419):

“I am supposing, then, although you are not lying [with your wife] for the sake of procreating offspring, you are not for the sake of lust obstructing their procreation by an evil prayer or an evil deed. Those who do this, although they are called husband and wife, are not; nor do they retain any reality of marriage, but with a respectable name cover a shame. Sometimes this lustful cruelty, or cruel lust, comes to this, that they even procure poisons of sterility…Assuredly if both husband and wife are like this, they are not married, and if they were like this from the beginning they come together not joined in matrimony but in seduction. If both are not like this, I dare to say that either the wife is in a fashion the harlot of her husband or he is an adulterer with his own wife.” Augustine, Marriage and Concupiscence 1:15:17 (A.D. 419).

In this last quote, we see that Saint Augustine’s concern that contraceptive acts turn a wife into a harlot since she is merely satisfying the lusts of her husband and not for the sake of matrimony – a word which means in Latin duty or gift of motherhood from matris (of a mother) and munus (gift, duty, office). This objectification of women brings us to our last reason…

6. Contemporary Observations and the so-called Sexual Revolution. The advent of contraception also accompanied the rise abortion, feminism, pornography, out of wedlock birth, and homosexuality. They all come and go together. If sexual pleasure is formally divorced from conceiving children, then why would pornography by sinful? Why would masturbation be sinful? And if a couple just wanted the pleasure and never intended to conceive a child with their act, then don’t they have the “right” to terminate a pregnancy if a conception should happen “by accident”? And if sexual pleasure is for the sake of pleasure, then why would homosexuality be sinful? If God wanted people to experience these pleasures, then pleasure should be the measurement. But this is all ridiculous. The natural, God-appointed purpose of this act is to procreate children and this is why pornography, masturbation, homosexuality, and abortion are wrong. It is also the reason why contraception is gravely sinful.

Contraception is often an uncomfortable topic to discuss with family and friends – especially when they are amused or alarmed by large families that welcome new children. Let this post do some of the work for you. Please share this with your friends via Facebook and other means. People, especially women, don’t really want to subject themselves to contraceptive practices. Let’s prayerfully and humbly help others to be whole, healthy, and holy in this regard.

Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb.” (Psalm 126:3, D-R)

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  • As someone who has studied and taught “The Theology of the Body” I think this blog brings up some really great scriptural evidence for the argument against the practice of contraception. Overall just a great piece… Thanks Taylor!

  • Hyper

    Well… This makes you think a little…

  • James

    Even the Eastern Orthodox have caved in. The Eastern Orthodox, who claim
    to be stalwart defenders of their tradition, have reversed the
    tradition and allowed for contraception – contradicting the plain
    teaching of Saint John Chrysostom on this matter. The Eastern Orthodox
    Metropolitan Jonah here in the United States is leading the charge in
    this regard.

    I am not Orthodox, but the Orthodox position, as I understand it, is a bit more complex. There is no “magisterium” in the sense there is in the Catholic Church and bishops do have differing views. Some Orthodox bishops follow the traditional teaching, others have reversed the teaching. Others hold the traditional teaching as the ideal, but essentially have what appears to be a different view of sin and dispensation than Catholics do.

    At any rate, Orthodox who defend the traditional teaching point out (correctly) that many more Catholic bishops dissented against Humanae Vitae than Orthodox bishops have come out in full support of contraception.

  • Ned Carter

    Your Bible is made up, your arguments are invalid, your religion is as true as all the ones that failed before it. Live YOUR life and stop trying to dictate how everyone else must live theirs.

    • Maria

      Lol, oh Ted, your comment contradicts its self. You just dictated to Taylor how he should live his life. Just pointing out the obvious!

      • Ned Carter

        Oh Narnia, I didn’t dictate anything to him, not threats of eternal damnation if not compliant, no shaming him for doing anything consensual he wants.

    • BobTrent

      So you refuse to obey any laws of Congress, your state legislature, ordianances of your county council, and of your municipality, that you don’t like?
      ALL laws dictate to whomever they apply how to conduct their lives in whatever aspect the statute addresses.
      Hope you enjoy jails and prisons, or being tased, peppered, or shot down.

      • Ned Carter

        The laws of society are created by man in unison through dialogue and debate on the merits of the issues. MY GOD SAYS… is not the same.

      • Ned Carter

        And let me be clear, a person following the laws of their religion is not a problem, a person using their religions laws to dictate how others MUST live their lives is the problem.
        You religion finds contraception immoral… don’t use it, but don’t assume that it affects me or mine in any way. Your god can suck a chode for all I care, your rules are also complete garbage to me. I have no use for them and will not allow them to influence the way I live my life.

        • BobTrent

          Yet you don’t mind at all imposing your political religion on me by force. Laws are not created by man in unison. Rarely does a legislature vote unanimously for a bill (proposed law).
          Laws are created by an infinitesimal portion of a nation’s populace, enforced by a minority, and judged by the smallest portion of the above.
          I have no say in the laws. The person for whom I would prefer to vote doesn’t run for office or is in another district. Yet I am forced to obey laws on pain of being shot dead. Many of these laws are agreeable or inoffensive. I am not given any choice as to whether I would follow those laws even if I would gladly conduct myself in conformity with them without any penalty being threatened. Some laws I disagree with. So, I am given no opportunity to opt out. I am threatened with being shot down if I don’t comply.
          My religion isn’t forced on you. Neither I nor the overseers of my church threaten to slay you, by shooting, beheading, hanging or any other means if you don’t conform. Your religion is forced on us.

  • Anonymous

    Although I do agree with your arguments against contraception since you do speak from a conservative catholic standpoint, what are your thoughts on NFP? Is it not a contraceptive mentality to begin with that initiates the entire process of charting etc? The argument is that this method (i.e NFP) helps a woman know her own body, increase intimacy between husband and wife, helps with the spacing of children,etc. I still however see this as not very different from using artificial methods of contraception.I do know of women who get so good at observing signs of fertility that they can control or even better, take control of their fertility. Where is the openess to God’s creative act which this method claims to promote? Any thoughts? I am new to your blog so I am not sure if you have written on this topic elsewhere.

  • Kaley

    Absolutely ignorant and preposterous. I’m Christian but I don’t base 99 percent of my religious convictions on an ancient book WRITTEN BY MAN. Also, women don’t just take birth control for contraception, it helps with other health prolems as well. I’m 17, and I have PCOS, the only way to treat really is via birth control. It helps treat my hormonal imbalance and ovarian cysts (that lead to infertility and serious damage to my ovaries). So you’re telling me I can’t take birth control to treat those problems? Get your head out of the old testament and start thinking with your brain you imbecile.

    • Catholic med student

      You can treat pcos with the pill, but if you are overweight you can also treat with metformin. If you have pcos you likely have insulin resistance, and some hormone therapy can make it worse. But in the context you’re using it it’s not contraception, it’s a medical treatment. So, calm down!

      • Kaley

        First off, don’t even try to check me and tell me to calm down, when I am simply stating my opposing opinion. If you have the reading comprehension skills beyond a fifth grader, you’d understand my point is whether it be for medical treatment or for contraception, birth control and the women who use it shouldn’t be demonized. We live in the 21st century yet still have Christians basing their lifestyle by a book written for people thousands of years ago, and then having the *nerve* to judge those who want to take charge of the reproductive rights of their own body. Is that not ridiculous? What are women suppose to do without birth control/contraception, just keep pushing out babies until our well runs dry? Raising children costs a fortune and can lead to financial ruin for low-income families who can’t afford supporting their 6 kids. It really puts me off that so many Christians these days are out on this mission to infringe on the rights of others by imposing their unrealistic ideals and beliefs, such as trying to ban abortion, birth control, gay marriage, etc. I firmly believe in the separation of church and state, so keep they can keep their ludicrous version of god to their damn selves.

        • jm

          Kalely, I don’t think anyone is “judging”. However, I do think that you are upset. Instead of being angry, why not talk to your priest? It’s not that Christian “basing their lifestyle by a book written for people thousands of years ago”, but basing their lives on the Word of God and trying to order their lives to that end. The only person judging anyone is you…you are judging yourself. I’m not being flippant, I want you to resolve this issue for yourself and your life. Therefore, consult a priest, or your bishop or someone else in authority. They could help you put this issue to rest.

        • jm

          As far as your concern about, “What are women suppose to do without birth control/contraception, just keep pushing out babies until our well runs dry? Raising children costs a fortune and can lead to financial ruin for low-income families who can’t afford supporting their 6 kids. ” It is permissible for a couple to abstain from the marital act for a time (seriously, we’re talking a few days to a week each month) in order to avoid having children. However, they should have a serious reason to do so. Contraception is not required to do this. And before we launch into a debate regarding the perceived inadequacy of NFP, I would encourage you to do some research on the subject first. The practice of NFP is beautiful! Why? Because it requires the COUPLE. That’s right, both the male and the female are responsible. Contraception lays all responsibility at the feet of the woman and leaves the male without any responsiblity. And if conception does occur (contraception does fail from time to time) then he is allowed to say, “Well, it’s not my fault.” Besides, contraception is harmful to women. It doesn’t free us, it enslaves us and it makes us sick (think blood clots, stroke, perferated uterus, infertility, etc.) Again, speak to your priest. He will help you with your dilemma.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        But arent “herbs” that get in the way of being natural against god? It says right in this article that herbs are pagan and bad. I mean what if god has some purpose to her medical conditions? Wouldnt that interfere with gods plan? Maybe god gave her pcos because that is his will and it serves a greater purpose that we cant conceive of. it causes a string of events that will lead to the second coming of jesus. You cant know. Its best to live your life 100% natural with no interference from chemicals just in case. Right? Because that is the logic used in this article. Life is NOT for pleasure, its to make babies and test your faith that God knows what hes doing right? I mean if you have a medical condition, then God wanted you to have it obviously. We dont choose to have medical problems so it must be gods will. If you take drugs to fix it then you are going against God. This all works out because maybe He wants you to suffer for some reason. You dont know why he gave you illness. If your ilness kills you then that too is gods will and im sure you will get to go to heaven because you didnt change you body just because you wanted to. Right?

        “The book of Revelation also condemns those who practice pharmakeia along with those who practice idolatry, murder, and sexual immorality (Rev 9:20-21). ”

        Drugs are a sin According to this article. Also it says to poison the sacred body of a woman with hormones is a sin. It doesnt say she can take hormones for other purposes. It says birth control is bad and a poison for your body.

        Well at least if you buy into the bible. But religious people pick and choose what they want to follow which makes their faith moot. I say if youre religious you should have to do 100% or you are not really religious.

        • BobTrent

          Using drugs to prevent conception or to cause the death of the conceptus is the sin. Extrapolating from the Church’s prohibition of using contraceptive and abortive drugs to the use of all drugs for any reason is irrational.

    • That’s gracious.

    • BobTrent

      Then you aren’t a Christian in any sense others will understand. You might as well say that you’re a Bvgrppldmxd.
      As usual unrepentant sinners scoff and resort to the argumentum ad hominem.
      If you aren’t a faithful believer you can take whatever drugs you like for whatever reasons you like. Why waste good eating, drinking and merrymaking time throwing darts at people who believe in something you don’t?

    • Rosie

      Dear Kaley, in your situation, it seems as though birth control pills are being used as medicine, not for the purpose of contraception. However, I think that you are being sold a lie by the pharmaceutical industry. They are not serving you with a cure, you are their customer. Their pills are most likely not helping your body; they are masking the symptoms.
      I was told that birth control would help me to have a regular cycle as well. Unfortunately, I suffered from insomnia and odd suicidal thoughts while on the pill. After taking the low dosage combination birth control for just over a year, I developed a very large (11 cm) complex ovarian cyst (benign, thankfully). Even after I had been off birth control for over 3 years, I developed another large ovarian tumor which had to be surgically removed. That time, it was “borderline” – not malignant, but not benign either. I have since learned that my ovarian disease and PCOS are very much related to other systems of the body and that there are many nutritional programs which can heal and reverse the hormonal imbalances that cause the problems. Birth control pills, on the other hand, are identified by the World Health Organization as a class 1 carcinogen and they do not heal anything, they simply mask the deeper underlying issues. Birth control pills are bad for women’s health. Those of us opposed to artificial contraception for religious reasons do not have our heads stuck in the sand…in fact, by God’s grace, we are able to look up out of the modern cultural sand and see what a moral and medical disaster birth control pills really are.
      I pray you will be able to consider this further and will be open to discovering the truth.

    • BobTrent

      The term “Christian” comes from the Bible, which contains the earliest record of its coining and use. The Bible defines the term, so if you reject the Bible you cannot be a Christian in any meaningful sense. Why waste your time blowing off at people who at least accept the Bible as God-breathed whether they all agree on what it means or not?

  • John Paul

    Kaley you are an ignorant Feminist! You are judging yourself clearly by the hostile response on the topic. You wouldn’t be reading this unless you had some kind of guilt. You must understand scripture and If you dont you must go to your priest or bishop.
    I hope God Blesses you despite your anger and ignorance on life.

    • Andrew

      I happen to agree with Kaley on this, I am not reading these artics because of guilt but to see what people are saying about it. I happen to think that birth control is important, for the health of a woman and for control of family size.
      its like saying a man cannot have a vasectomy, that would go over real well.

  • Margaret Kelly

    “The procreative organs naturally function for procreation. That is why
    God made them as they are. To frustrate the act (interruptus or barrier)
    is gravely sinful.”By this logic, to disrupt the natural activity of any God-made body part is sinful, right? But we do this all the time. When I chew gum, I’m using my God-given digestive system to freshen my breath and enjoy the sugary taste, not to convert food into energy and other nutrients, as God intended. When I apply roll-on antiperspirant, I block my sweat ducts and prevent myself from perspiring – preventing my God-given exocrine system from functioning as He intended. When my brother shaves his facial hair, he’s interfering with God’s design – because God designed it to grow, right? “X should function as it does because it’s natural for it to function as it does” is the naturalist fallacy, no?

    • Chris Miller

      While I understand that you see a fault in the philosophical reasoning, however you should keep in mind that gum, antiperspirant and shaving do not prevent the existence of human beings but only bad breath, body odor, and hair. Unless you are equating the dignity of human beings to that of bad breath, body odor and facial hair?

      • Andrew

        well if you smell, and have bad breath that is actully one really good way to make sure that you wont prevent the existence of a human. thats 100% birthcontrol.

  • “The advent of contraception also accompanied…” Not accompanied: enabled.

    • Margaret Kelly

      And yet abortion rates have dropped significantly in the United States since 1990, though more and more women are using contraception.

      • Without Griswold there would be no Roe v Wade.

      • BobTrent

        According to the inventors and developers of the BCP, the BCP acts as an abortifacient much of the time. The early BCP suppressed ovulation most of the time, but it caused so many complications and deaths of women that its strength was reduced. This allowed ovulation, thus relying on its cervical mucus alteration function, which impedes sperms from passing through the cervix, and altering the endometrium so that any embryos that made it into the uterus could not implant. They then die and pass on out in the next menstrual discharge.
        The “Mini-Pill” acts almost 100% as an abortifacient.
        So while abortionist-administered abortions are down, chemical abortions have far more taken their place.
        The numbers of abortions has increased with greater reliance on the BCP, other chemical abortifacients (Depo-Provera, Norplant, etc.) and the IUD, which functions entirely as an abortion-causing device, so that abortion has become more secretive.

      • Eve

        Abortion wasn’t even legal until 1973 if contraceptive was good at reducing the need for abortion why was abortion made legal 10 years after hormonal BC was placed on the market? And why is it legal now? Surely we don’t need it with all the contraceptive options we have.

  • BobTrent

    Not a conscious INTENTION (sorry, no italics or underline) to procreate; just no intention to prevent procreation.
    Christians who believe BC is OK must believe there are too many Christians in the world?

  • Feministandproud

    “The advent of contraception also accompanied the rise abortion, feminism, pornography, out of wedlock birth, and homosexuality. They all come and go together.” Beyond the fact that I am struggling to see evidence for the exact link between these things, ‘feminism’ i.e. the belief that women are equal to men and should have the same rights is somehow considered problematic. Its so disgusting and absurd my brain wants to explode.

  • Asher Wolff The Surperior Life

    Ya! Im not Catholic however you are so right! OMG!

  • Joshua

    lol extremists and idiots who actually believe that contraception is a sin. Jesus is love, go with what you think is right, forget what idiots try to shove down your throats. People always try to enforce what they feel you should do onto you; ergo, they aren’t God, and their misinterpretation of scripture doesn’t reflect God’s wishes.

  • Yessi
  • Yessi

    Is it normal or okay for a Christian women to use contraceptives to “regulate” her period?

  • BobTrent

    A “phobia” is not all fear or aversion to. It is an IRRATIONAL (sorry, I don’t have underline, italic or bold) fear or aversion.
    My aversion to sodomites comes from experiences with a few of them. I have been assaulted numerous times by homosexuals who I was not sufficiently averse to, from being attacked as a child by two homosexuals in a dime store restroom to one who jimmied the lock on my apartment and assaulted me in the middle of the night.
    If I suspect a man of being a homosexual I avoid him, particularly in a secluded place.

  • BobTrent

    Then don’t pretend to be a Catholic if you don’t want to conform to the canons of the Church. The Roman Catholic Church is not a democracy. It is theocratic monarchy.

  • Eve

    People who only eat for pleasure become gluttonous or worse bulimics. Eating and drinking are enjoyable but we must be realistic and approach each with self control, one cannot be open to eating a box of donuts yet at the same time not open to the calories, sugar, and resulting weight gain. Not only is such a mentality hedonistic and self serving it is also irrational. Actions have consequences which should be considered before indulgence. Humans can reason and we have self control for a reason, we should use these abilities not just do whatever our instincts and urges demand but to do what is best, upright and moral.

  • James Fraser

    Taylor hasn’t presented the fullness of the Catholic position in this short paragraph on the natural law. As a result of the fall, creation is fallen. There is thus a need to counteract the effects of our fallen nature as need be. For this reason it is ok to use medicine, wear clothing, and many other things which would contradict a bare naturalism. The issue with contraception is that reproduction is not a result of the fall, it was a commandment and blessing from the beginning – be fruitful and multiply.

  • Sharjeel Ahmed

    And if a couple just wanted the pleasure and never intended to conceive a child with their act, then don’t they have the “right” to terminate a pregnancy if a conception should happen “by accident”? And if sexual pleasure is for the sake of pleasure, then why would homosexuality be sinful? If God wanted people to experience these pleasures, then pleasure should be the measurement. But this is all ridiculous. The natural, God-appointed purpose of this act is to procreate children and this is why pornography, masturbation, homosexuality, and abortion are wrong. It is also the reason why contraception is gravely sinful.

    The above lines made me give you a standing ovation, Dear Marshall. Besides the whole article, I found the above lines highly logical and the argument stands so powerful that let me appreciate you here although I’m a Moslem (the follower of Islam).
    I agree with you!
    Great effort, friend!

  • Sharjeel Ahmed

    It was interesting to read the comments of Kaley as well the comments of others over her comments and then her replies. Although, I don’t want to jump into this discussion, but one thing I would like to say here. And that is whenever we give our remarks, comments, suggestions on a post or reply to a comment over others’ comments, the best thing, as far I see (may be other do not agree), is that we should objectively point out the logical arguments and deal with the arguments only, not the way of thinking or mentality of the people. An objective style leads the dialogue/discussion smooth and reveals the soundness or weakness of an argument and avoids letting us fall into a battle between two separate blocks – secular versus religious…