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Is Using Birth Control a Sin?

  1. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    If using birth control is a sin... and since abstinence is a form of birth control, doesn't that make abstinence a sin?

    If abstinence is a sin... is being celibate an even greater sin?

    And the final point, if birth control in any form is a sin, then anytime we don't have sex at every opportunity are we not sinning?

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      the birth control pill is a sin for Christians because they see it as an abortion issue. To stop birth by chemical devices is an abortion for them.
      I can't see how abstinence can.

      1. Origin profile image60
        Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think they are talking about abortion ending life. If your pregnant, no matter the stage, a baby is on it's way. Abortion will kill the child.

        Abstaining from sex wouldn't kill the child because there is no child in any stage, it doesn't exist.

        1. tantrum profile image60
          tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          For Christians even pre-conception devices are like an abortion to be. That's why it's a sin.
          Abstinence doesn't have anything to do with that, I agree.

          1. Origin profile image60
            Originposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Ah, I didn't know that. Interesting!

        2. Friendlyword profile image61
          Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          But what about Gods Command to "BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY"? If you are ignoring a command from God to have sex; you're guilty of sin...right?

          1. goldenpath profile image72
            goldenpathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            We must remember the pattern set for all humanity.  They were given the command after they were eternally married and bonded, not before.  Therefore, the powers of procreation and the "oneness" shared are to be employed withing the holy vows of matrimony.

      2. Ralph Deeds profile image71
        Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Using birth control is considered sinful by Roman Catholics, but not by most Protestant denominations. Moreover, many Protestant denominations support a woman's right to choose an abortion. You are over-generalizing about "Christians." There are important differences among the various branches of Christianity. Some believe that because of over-population failure to use birth control is sinful.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
          Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          But also, I have seen polls that most Catholics do use some form of birth control. I remember being surprised that use of birth control was common amongst Catholics in Ireland.

          1. earnestshub profile image89
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Whenever I need advice on sexual matters, naturally I go straight to someone who has never lived in the real world or had sex like the pope! lol

      3. Valerie F profile image59
        Valerie Fposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It is the use of artificial birth control that is considered a sin in the Catholic Church- and surprisingly, the abortifascient quality of some artificial birth control methods is not the only reason. Other reasons are that it interferes with the potentially life-giving power of the union of a man and a woman, lowers the stakes, and therefore cheapens human sexuality. It also treats a woman's healthy, normal fertility as if it were a disease that needs to be controlled or suppressed with drugs or devices. Natural family planning methods are actually encouraged when family planning is needed because they work with a woman's natural cycle and symptoms rather than against them, and it's always healthier for women to familiarize themselves with how their bodies naturally work anyway.

    2. Shadesbreath profile image86
      Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      God said "Go forth and be fruitful."  So, while the other comments above may have some technical merit, I think they are avoiding the simple issue that you have so neatly pointed out.  Any conscious attempt to NOT be fruitful is willful defiance of God's word.

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Thing is those words come from texts written thousands of years ago when there weren't that many people on the planet and high rates of infant mortality.  If everyone now went on to have 10 children or more, we would soon be facing annihilation as a species as this planet would not be able to sustain the sheer numbers. We have to move with the times, and put ancient texts into a modern context.

        1. Shadesbreath profile image86
          Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Nope, we must interpret the scriptures literally.  Just because they are ancient and out-dated by our standards, they are the word of God because they say they are. Obviously He knew how things were going to turn out when he dictated it so to speak.  Clearly it's all part of the plan. The end of days is not just going to come around on its own, you know.  We have to complete the prophesy, do our part, pile up mounds and mounds of us until our ability to genetically modify crops and the like cannot possibly sustain the multitudes and we can get back to fighting more furiously over resources with our new advanced weapons and, ultimately, usher in apocalypse. This whole birth control thing is slowing down the timeline.

          1. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
            Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Um... I think I got some of that sarcasm on my shoe... hmm

            1. Shadesbreath profile image86
              Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              What?  Sarcasm?  I know not of this sarcasm of which you speak.


              (You can wipe your shoe on the grass over there though.)

          2. Jerami profile image74
            Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I apologize beforehand for going off topic a little, but this applys a little to this post.
               I remember learning in biology that suppose that a baby rabit or any animal, fish or fowl is born and dies of old age. At the time of it's death there will normaly (at an average) be only of its offspring still living, Food chain and all.
            It is actually approx 110 % increase world wide for all life forms including Human kind.
               From the little reasearch that I have found, it seems to average 110% to approx 130% anual increase of Human population since the beginning. (4000 BC until now). 
               Just a crazy thought.

              Back on topic.   Good question! If using the birth controll is a sin? Abstinence should also be considered as sin.
              I don't think either are.

    3. TheGlassSpider profile image73
      TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hehehe...very clever of you.

      I do not think birth control is a sin. Yes, it is said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But it is not said to "Overburden yourselves with children you can't raise and people you can't feed."

      Just my two cents.

    4. getitrite profile image79
      getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



      Now Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah's first-born, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life. Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother." And Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so it came about that when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also. (NASB) Genesis 38:6-10

      1. Friendlyword profile image61
        Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        This is very disturbing! What if the two guys were gay? What if this woman was so foul no one would have sex with her. She was 0-2. Did she ever hook up with somebody, or did God keep killing people for ABSTINENCE.

        1. Shadesbreath profile image86
          Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I think you are mistaking "abstinence" (the willing and purposeful avoidance of sex/baby-making) with being "too fugly to get some" and with being "paired in a way that makes conception impossible."

          While HubPages can certainly produce lots of people who will leap upon the latter with righteous fury and pitchfork words, the former is going to be very hard to attack from a Biblical perspective.

      2. yoshi97 profile image83
        yoshi97posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Perform your duty as a brother-in-law? But he wasn't even married to her. Worse yet, how is it a brother-in-law's duty to sow a seed upon his dead brother's wife? What if he was already married to someone else?

        This just doesn't make much sense ... doh! Are you sure you are getting that word for word? If so, someones got lots of explaining to do ... smile

        And why wouldn't the offspring be his? Is this some sorta new form of transpermia I'm not aware of? I'm so confused sad

        1. Aya Katz profile image86
          Aya Katzposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Read up on levirate marriages:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levirate_marriage

          It was a way to allow the widow to inherit the property of her deceased husband, while keeping the land in the family.

          (In those days, polygamy was allowed, so it did not matter if the brother was already married.)

          1. getitrite profile image79
            getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



            Thanks for that great explanation.  Bizarre but true.

            1. yoshi97 profile image83
              yoshi97posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              So ... um ... polygamy was allowed. I guess the Mormons got this one right. smile

        2. getitrite profile image79
          getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          And did you notice how vicious God was? He just took the lives of two of Judah's sons.  Now that's tough love! TOUGH!

    5. ngureco profile image88
      ngurecoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Abstinence is not a sin. Abstinence is like fasting.

      We do not seem to have many options on this. Its either we do birth control including abortion or we have them dying from kwashiorkor and malnutrition.

      Right now we have 6.5 billion people, a figure that is far more than the total number of people who have died since the creation of planet earth.

    6. Friendlyword profile image61
      Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes Yes and Yes

    7. goldenpath profile image72
      goldenpathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sexual activity is accepted of God only in the bonds of holy matrimony.  Therefore, abstinence is stronly encouraged until marriage and the use of birth prevention is vehemently discouraged.  Unless one has recieved the Law their acts are transgressions rather than sins.  Upon receipt of the Law those acts become sins and qualify for repentance.

      Adam and Eve were eternally married by God the Father.  No sexual activity took place prior to that marriage and the Fall.  After the Fall it became apparent and known that employing that activity would be necessary in propagating the human family.  They are the pattern set for us.  Marriage first and then those activities concerning the flesh and powers of creation.

      Abstinence is a difficult and long process of self mastery and control.  It can succeed as one does not give up or so easily profess that the act is "normal" and should be accepted as such whether married or not.  So much is gained through abstinence and so much is lost through that violation.

      1. Shadesbreath profile image86
        Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        But it's fun! big_smile

        1. goldenpath profile image72
          goldenpathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I'll agree to that!
          Cheers with Shades! smile

      2. Friendlyword profile image61
        Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        How do you feel about Priests and Nuns. What is their abstinence about? And why isn't God killing them wholesale?

        1. goldenpath profile image72
          goldenpathposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          My faith holds the family as central to the Creator's plan and destiny for all his children.  Even the leadership of the Church is encouraged to have families and qualify to be bonded or sealed as a family unit for all time and eternity.  We believe that abstinence of leadership of various sects goes against this basic premise and should be discouraged.  If Adam and Eve were given the great command, we have every bit of need of it as well.

        2. Valerie F profile image59
          Valerie Fposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Catholic priests and nuns take vows of lifelong celibacy. They can't get married, and any violation of their vows is doubly sinful. I also think the notion that everyone is meant to get married is ridiculous and probably a big part of our high divorce rate. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that marriage, sex, and such are not for everyone.

          1. Beelzedad profile image58
            Beelzedadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Sex isn't for everyone according to the bible? Sucks to be them.  smile

            1. Valerie F profile image59
              Valerie Fposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Not at all. But then, I don't hold with the view that anyone who doesn't have sex, never marries, and is content to not even have a boyfriend or girlfriend has something wrong with them or is somehow incomplete. It is possible to live a complete, fulfilling, and even fun life without ever being attached or having sex.

              1. getitrite profile image79
                getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



                I think that is rare!

              2. Beelzedad profile image58
                Beelzedadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I suppose one could convince themselves of such a notion, until they've actually had sex, and then all bets are off.  smile

            2. getitrite profile image79
              getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



              But God is such a hypocrite.  He tells others not to have sex, but then He has sex with a virgin, who was abstaining.  And He wasn't even married to her, and didn't take on the responsibility of supporting Jesus.  What a dead-beat!

      3. Friendlyword profile image61
        Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        "Adam and Eve were eternally married by God the Father.  No sexual activity took place prior to that marriage and the Fall."

        I can't help it...I gotta ask. How in the world or in Heaven would you know when two naked teenagers starting having sex?

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
          Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No offense to GP, but he really doesn't know, but it fits in with what he has been taught and what he believes about family and marriage.

          The truth, imho, is that God could not care less about marriage, legal or otherwise, the bond of love is the bond of God. The joining of two souls is the bond of Love, and when the Love is gone so is the bond, as God intended. Marriage and the stability that it created was a vital tool for social stability in early human civilzations. It kept powerful old men from taking all the young pretty women for themselves.

    8. Disturbia profile image61
      Disturbiaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Abstinence is not a sin if you are not married.  It is considered wrong if you are married because you are not fulfilling the point of the marriage, that being to bring children into the world.

    9. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Best to stop sexual activities all together I reckon,then no debate.  Hi Mikel btw big_smile

  2. K Partin profile image56
    K Partinposted 7 years ago

    I don't believe the pill is a sin......the sin is bringing innocent children into the world whom you can afford to feed or cloth, and then have others do it for you. If you can't afford children don't have them until you can! We don't need anymore homeless and starving children on the streets.

    It may sound harsh but we have to start some where. These children don't have a say in this we as adults do! USE PROTECTION!

    1. Valerie F profile image59
      Valerie Fposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Another reason why artificial birth control is a sin in the Catholic Church is the way people talk about children as if they're property. If you can't afford a new car, don't buy one. If you can't afford a new X-box, don't buy one. If you can't afford a human being, don't make one. But buy all these pharmaceuticals instead so you can have all the fun without the risk.

      If you can't afford to support a child, abstinence and natural family planning are more economical anyway.

      1. Beelzedad profile image58
        Beelzedadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Unfortunately, sales of birth control devices of all kinds are head and shoulders above the percentage of atheists.  smile

  3. atomswifey profile image60
    atomswifeyposted 7 years ago

    I'm a christian and I do not believe birth control pills are a sin.
    I do believe abortion is murder. I believe life begins at conception, to stop conception is not killing a life since it has not begun.

  4. Richieb799 profile image60
    Richieb799posted 7 years ago

    HaHa don't forget if you have kids the government will supply you with benefits & a house to raise them, at least in the UK anyway.. it's messed up when others work hard just be able to look after their children - part of my plan was to work hard and think of child so I don't have to rely on handouts to raise it - some people take advantage of the system

    1. Amanda Severn profile image92
      Amanda Severnposted 7 years ago in reply to this



      Richie, there are finite resources, and here in the UK we're fast using them up. Personally I doubt the current generous levels of hand-outs can, or will, continue for too much longer. You're right to plan ahead for these things, both morally and practically.

  5. Jeff Berndt profile image88
    Jeff Berndtposted 7 years ago

    No.

  6. RKHenry profile image77
    RKHenryposted 7 years ago

    Is it a sin?  Are stupid questions considered sinful?

    I think the answer to that would be no.

  7. Aya Katz profile image86
    Aya Katzposted 7 years ago

    Haven't any of you read the Book of Ruth?

    1. getitrite profile image79
      getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this



      In my youth, I did, but I can't recall much.

  8. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 7 years ago

    Unwanted kids who end up having miserable lives are the 'sin'. The Catholic Church needs to realise that one of its main functions, pre-science, ie controlling reproduction, is a business it should no longer be in.

    1. michifus profile image87
      michifusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Personally, I think that not using birth control is a far greater sin, but then again despite a Catholic upbringing I am an atheist and do not have to deal with such problems.

      As for Shadesbreath's comment that not going forth and multiplying is defying gods word is somewhat dated. Whilst God did not say, go forth and multiply until the population of the world becomes too great to sustain any further human life, I think it was implied.

      There is an important difference between two people being alone in the world and several billion all procreating. If every man and woman took this statement as "gospel"  death rates would soar as the resources of the world could not sustain that level of life. Maybe this is what god wanted, millions of deaths through starvation and incredible human suffering.

      Whilst many aspects of the bible are just as relevant today as they were when it was written, the world has changed considerably and therefore religion needs to adapt certain antiquated rules and laws.

      Whilst abortion is a separate issue which I will not comment on in this post, if this is such a cardinal sin, as stated in the 10 commandments and tantamount to murder according to many faiths, surely using birth control is in many cases a good step to prevent ending another humans life.

      As for birth control being the same as an abortion, but much earlier is absolute rubbish. In order for it to be an abortion, there has to be life to be aborted. Eggs and sperm are not humans, they are simply a collection of cells with potential to reproduce. 

      If you take it back that far it just becomes ridiculous - if you don't have sex you are defying god, if you use birth control or have an abortion your are defying god, and if you have children that you cannot feed you are also murdering, all be it in a long slow drawn out and painful way.

      Basically you cant win no matter what you do, so you might as well have some pleasure  and use common sense to guide you.

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Nicely Stated.

        I agree, the Dogma of 2000 years ago needs to be modernized.
        God being the supremely intelligent being that I believe God is, knows that things change. Situations, circumstances, people and societies all must change and grow, as God intended.

        Use the Brain and reasoning power God gifted us with and do what makes sense now, not what some caveman said made sense 2000 years ago.

        Thanks for your input.  big_smile

  9. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Well thought out post. smile

    1. michifus profile image87
      michifusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      thanks

      1. tantrum profile image60
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        And I agree with your post as well. Thanks for posting. I'm too lazy to post that long. LOL

  10. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    Christian god is painted like a loser. God who is considered as all knowing and CREATOR is opposing abortion?  Err i guess christian god is running out of human seeds (oh wait, Christians accepts evolution these days right? maybe then he's running out of planets to seed ).

  11. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 7 years ago

    Mikel G Roberts wrote:
    If using birth control is a sin... and since abstinence is a form of birth control, doesn't that make abstinence a sin?

    If abstinence is a sin... is being celibate an even greater sin?

    And the final point, if birth control in any form is a sin, then anytime we don't have sex at every opportunity are we not sinning?

    Being this logical will drive you crazy. Think fuzzy. Things make more sense.

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LMAO!   big_smile

  12. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    No, but artificial methods have side effects in the long run try natural if you can or CONDOM is the best as it also deter STDs

  13. ITSecurityAnalyst profile image61
    ITSecurityAnalystposted 7 years ago

    abstinence and birth control both are two separate things.Birth control is a kind of security control smile

 
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