Should Christians Use Birth Control?

In light of recent advances in biotechnology, it is crucial to consider the issue of birth control through the lens of a biblical worldview. Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the π˜‰π˜ͺ𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 π˜”π˜’π˜― broadcast and the 𝘏𝘒𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘦π˜₯ podcast, says that 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 20:1 3). Thus, the abortion pill (RU486) and the β€œmorning-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 β€œa profound form of play.” It is imperative that children be viewed as a blessing from above rather than a burden or blight.






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