In light of recent advances in biotechnology, it is crucial to consider the issue of birth control through the lens of a biblical worldview.
First, while there is much debate among Christians on the question of whether birth control is appropriate in any form, there is no question that birth control methods designed to destroy or prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg (i.e., embryo) should be avoided at all costs. From the moment of conception, an embryo is a living, growing person made in the image in God (Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6; Exodus 20:13). Thus, the abortion pill (RU486) and the “morning-after pill” must never be used! I should note as well that oral contraceptives (i.e., the birth control pill) not only prevent fertilization but may also prevent uterine implantation if fertilization should occur.
Furthermore, the necessary openness to children that accompanies the sexual union serves to protect against the abuse of sex for mere self-gratification. When birth-control methods are employed out of a selfish unwillingness to have children, sex can quickly degenerate into nothing more than what Oxford’s Oliver O’Donovan has aptly described as “a profound form of play.”
Finally, it is imperative that children be viewed as a blessing from above rather than a burden or blight. If we consider a Cadillac more valuable than a child, our priorities are seriously skewed. Such an attitude toward the miracle of life and the blessings of parenthood pains our Father in heaven.
Little children were brought to [Jesus] that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:13–14 NKJV
For further study, see Randy Alcorn, Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortion? 7th ed. (Gresham, OR: Eternal Perspective Ministries, 1997).
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