Birth control a sin?

Kyle - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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I saw this question in a response to a different question and I am curious to know other Christian ladies opinions.
Do you consider birth control a sin? (medication birth control)
If so are there any birth control methods you do not consider a sin? for example condoms or ovulation schedules.

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Kyle - posted on 05/17/2010

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Sunshine- This information came out of a birth control booklet. After reading this my opinion would be it can cause an early abortion.



Birth-control methods which comprise combinations of oestrogens and progestins can

stop the menstrual cycle’s hormone changes and thus prevent the maturing of

follicles and ovulation. However, these drugs also have other mechanisms which

reduce the chances of conception occurring if an egg is released, and further effects

which possibly cause an early abortion if conception does occur.

Ovulation, fertilization and implantation depend on the secretion of progesterone by

the ovary at the right time. Progesterone is responsible for the transcription of

endometrial gene products which are crucial for implantation. Too high a proportion

of progesterone in relation to oestrogen increases the likelihood of an abortifacient

effect.

Embryo implantation involves a series of interdependent, hormonally-controlled

factors, with the embryo a dynamic participant.10 Oestrogen and progesterone

regulate these factors both directly and indirectly. It is reasonable to expect that

hormones found in birth control methods would adversely affect various implantation factors.



Birth control products which are available

or under development and which have

abortifacient mechanisms-

Combined oral contraceptives

Progestin-only pills

Combined injectable contraceptives

Intra-uterine devices (IUDs)-These flexible metal and/or plastic devices are inserted in the uterine cavity. IUDs

can be:

• copper-releasing

• inert

• progestin-releasing

• levonorgestrel-releasing.12

Copper-releasing IUDs can:

• interfere with the ability of sperm to pass through the uterine cavity

• interfere with fertilisation in the fallopian tube

• cause local inflammation in the uterine lining, inhibiting implantation if

conception has occurred and thus can induce an early abortion.

Progestin-releasing IUDs additionally:

• thicken cervical mucus thus interfering with sperm movement

• produce endometrial changes which may interfere with implantation of the newlyconceived

embryo if fertilisation has occurred and thus can induce an early

abortion.

Levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs such as Mirena rely more on preventing implantation

than devices which were available before them.13 Despite major health problems with

IUDs such as the Dalkon Shield, it is claimed that some devices have health benefits

since they allow the ovaries to continue releasing oestrogen. Some are also said to

combat anaemia.14

Implants

The Norplant implant consists of six small, flexible capsules filled with

levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin, which are put under the skin of the upper arm

through minor surgery. Norplant:

• suppresses ovulation

• thickens cervical mucus

• changes the endometrium making implantation of the newly-conceived embryo

less likely and thus can induce an early abortion

• reduces sperm transportation in fallopian tubes.



I hope this helps. I would also ask your doctor to explain the process to you and explain what happens if contraception were to occur and then decide if it is still right for you.

Diane - posted on 05/14/2010

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Alicia you made this comment..."Mom always said, "If God wants you pregnant, you will get pregnant."



Would you agree that if God wanted you to have an abortion, you would have one?



We can not blame God for the decisions that we make. And the decisions we make as Christian women should be aligned with the scriptures.



If we are looking for what God specifically says about birth control, we will not find His instruction in those specific words. That does not mean however that because they are not there that God would condone the behavior. God never uses the word child abuse or rape specifically but I think we can all agree that God would not condone the acts. You have to take the entire bible both Old Testament and New and see how it relates to this issue. How does God regard life both inside and outside the womb? What is it? Should we protect it, ignore it? We have to weigh the evidence. We also need to look at what medical science tells us.



Many people do not make a connection between birth control and abortion and they see them as two different acts. The fact is however that some birth control are abortifacients because they work by causing early term abortions. The IUD seems to prevent a fertilized egg a new human being from implanting in the uterine wall. The pill does not always stop ovulation, but sometimes prevents implantation of the growing embryo. And now we have the RU-486 pill that aborts a new fetus, a new baby.



Here is a site that connects the two..



http://www.epm.org/artman2/pub...Cause_A...



The Physicians Desk Reference is the most frequently used reference book by physicians in America. It lists and explains the effects, benefits and risks of every medical product that can legally be prescribed. The Food and Drug Administration requires that each manufacturer provide accurate information on its products, based on scientific research and laboratory tests. This information is included in the PDR. Keep in mind while reading it that the term implantation, by definition always involves an already conceived human being. Therefore any agent which serves to prevent implantation functions as an abortifacient. This is the PDR's product information for ortho-Cept, as listed by Ortho, one of the largest manufacturers of the pill.



"Combination oral contraceptives act by suppression of gonadotropins. Although the primary mechanism of this action is inhibition of ovulation, other alterations include changes in the cervical mucus, which increases the difficulty of the sperm entry into the uterus, and changes in the endometrial which reduce the likelihood of implantation."



(Physicians Desk Reference (Montvale, NJ,: Medical Economics)



Syntex and Wyeth say the same thing about their pill. If you read in the tiny fine print at the bottom of your birth control instructions, you will be told that if you want more information about birth control pills ask your doctor, clinic or pharmacist. They have a more technical leaflet called the Professional Labeling, which you can read which goes into detail about what the pill really does. The lengthier explanation you can also read in the PDR.



Bottom line the Pill does have a abortive mechamism. That is fact. We have to take that information and weigh it with Gods Word.



How and what would God feel about abortion?



I personally believe there is a soul at conception. God knew us before we were.in the womb.

Diane - posted on 05/09/2010

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Any hormonal birth control (pill, mini pill, shot, patch, nuva ring, norplant, etc...) is aborafaciant meaning that it's secondary design is to prevent implantation of a concieved child thus killing the baby, and of course IUDs are designed specifically to slough off an egg that has been fertilized and implanted in the womb. So those I would say without question are definitly sinful. Personally I believe that the only method of family planning that is not sinful is the only method that is open to life which is NFP and that this method should be used in conjuction with much prayer on the part of the married couple in order to discern what God is calling them to in regards to wether or not to welcome another child into their home and family. Of course regardless of what you hear God saying, if you become pregnant that is a surefire sign that God wants you to welcome another child into your family :) because God will never give you a child that He does not want you to have but He's given us the free will to say no to Him even when He knows that is what is best for us. I believe we need to trust God and know that He will take care of us when He gives us anything in life, including (and especially) a child to care for.

Carla - posted on 05/24/2010

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This topic has brought up a lot of fervent feelings--and I understand and even agree with them, all! However, at 22 I had 3 children, had had 2 miscarriages. I had gotten divorced inbetween #2 and #3, so was starting fresh at that time. We could barely feed and clothe the 3 we had. I felt the responsible thing to do was have my tubes tied. Bringing another child(ren) into the world just didn't seem to me to be the wisest choice in the world.



We all have to ask for guidance for our own personal situation. Maybe you can afford a dozen; God bless you! I would have loved to have had more, but financially and physically (I was working full time and sometimes 2 jobs, as well as my husband working 2) we couldn't handle any more.



Those of you who feel they are being responsible in limiting their families at the present time, as long as you have prayed and asked for God's guidance, walk the walk and don't feel guilty. I love you all dearly. We are all just trying to find our way the best we can.

Diane - posted on 05/20/2010

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We not only should take what the scriptures say about life especially life in the womb...we should also look to what science says about it.
And the fact is birth control can cause an abortion, this is scientific fact.
Kyle you are dead on with the information you posted.

This area should be of immense concern to those that value life and know that life starts at conception. Some people do not want to make the connection between birth control and abortion because if they did they might then have to make the hard decision. They are right, God never says, "Do not take the pill." He never says not to have an abortion either but as Christians we know that abortion kills and is morally wrong. We need to concentrate on the scriptures that talk about God knowing us while we were in the womb...even before conception.

The fact is some birth control are abortifacients because they work by causing early term abortions. The IUD seems to prevent a fertilized egg a new human being from implanting in the uterine wall. The pill does not always stop ovulation, but sometimes prevents implantation of the growing embryo. And now we have the RU-486 pill that aborts a new fetus, a new baby.

I have said this before but I will say it again....
The Physicians Desk Reference is the most frequently used reference book by physicians in America. It lists and explains the effects, benefits and risks of every medical product that can legally be prescribed. The Food and Drug Administration requires that each manufacturer provide accurate information on its products, based on scientific research and laboratory tests. This information is included in the PDR. Keep in mind while reading it that the term implantation, by definition always involves an already conceived human being. Therefore any agent which serves to prevent implantation functions as an abortifacient. This is the PDR's product information for ortho-Cept, as listed by Ortho, one of the largest manufacturers of the pill.

"Combination oral contraceptives act by suppression of gonadotropins. Although the primary mechanism of this action is inhibition of ovulation, other alterations include changes in the cervical mucus, which increases the difficulty of the sperm entry into the uterus, and changes in the endometrial which reduce the likelihood of implantation."

(Physicians Desk Reference (Montvale, NJ,: Medical Economics)

Syntex and Wyeth say the same thing about their pill. If you read in the tiny fine print at the bottom of your birth control instructions, you will be told that if you want more information about birth control pills ask your doctor, clinic or pharmacist. They have a more technical leaflet called the Professional Labeling, which you can read which goes into detail about what the pill really does. The lengthier explanation you can also read in the PDR.

We all need to pray and give it all to Him. But we should always side on the safe one...one that honors God. If we have any doubt....we should not use it.

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Diane - posted on 05/26/2010

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Christa said, “By your logic that would mean that all of modern medicine is a sin.”
No not at all. All modern medicine does not kill. Most modern medicine helps make life easier and less painful. That is a good thing. We are very careful when we are pregnant what goes into our bodies. All I am saying is that some forms of birth control can be dangerous.
I do not believe we are trying to change Gods plan by getting chemo etc. We are not killing anyone. We are making the decisions that affect us. Some birth control medical science reports can cause abortions. It’s not the same thing.
“All we can do is consult him individually and then do the best we can in our walk with him.”
Yes, we should, but it’s about His plan not ours. Do you think it would be possible for a woman to discuss abortion with God and feel that God would want her to get one? I have talk to many women who have said this.
“The bible lays out very clearly certain guidelines and some things that are definitely sins. But birth control is NOT one of them.’
Would you mind addressing the information I gave about birth control that appears in the Physcicians Desk Reference book? Do you think what they report are lies?
You made a factual statement and said, “birth control is not one of them.” Do you know with 100 percent certainty that God thinks all birth control is ok? Are you positive that there aren’t some birth control that might cause an abortion? I do read scripture but I also look to what science says about life and drugs.
You know God does not address by word a lot of different issues. He does not come out and use the term abortion and call it murder. But based on the scriptures on life, it is not hard to see that He would not condone it. God also never mentions rape or pediphilia. But do you think based on scripture God would condone those acts?
I know where you are coming from and you make good points…but if we err…don’t you think we should err on the safe side?

Kathlene - posted on 05/25/2010

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birth control wasn't back during biblical times...therefore its not clear what the Bible says about it......i do understand that children are gifts from God...and only He can make them...so if they are gifts why would you want to prevent them?its a personal choice and you just need to pray and seek His guidance for you life...for me ..personally i think bc is not what God has in store for me .. i am a mother of four ..all of my children are two years apart...with the exception of my baby girl...(there is six years between her and the rest)...we didn't prevent her from being here during that six year gap...God just didn't bless us with another one...so when i found out i was expecting it was a complete surprise..again as i stated earlier this is a personal decision and not one person has the answer....it's mainly between you,your spouse,and God...and whatever you choose will be the best for you...

Kyle - posted on 05/24/2010

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Heather- please don't think I am saying that all birth controls are wrong. I myself use a form of birth control. my opinion is that the birth controls that cause an early abortion would be wrong and sinful. I also don't want to come off sounding judgmental either. Everyone has their own way of looking at it and that is my opinion. And if we disagree on something I am glad we can do it nicely!:)

Heather - posted on 05/24/2010

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I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree, Kyle. =) I agree... if God wants me to have 10 kids, I will whether using bc or not. However, I still do believe that bc is a responsible method of family planning and I don't think that God will judge me as a murderer. I do completely agree w/you on the abortion issue, as well... so we agree on something. ;)

Christa - posted on 05/23/2010

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Diane I have to disagree with you. I agree that we live in an imperfect world and we have free will to do as we please. I also agree that we need to consult him and his word for all our decisions, but how do you know that he hasn't compelled people to use BC as part of his plan? By your logic that would mean that all of modern medicine is a sin. Whether it's getting surgery, taking blood pressure medication or chemo for cancer, WE are changing what would have naturally happened. OR did we do something sinful in the first place to cause us to need to fix things with modern medicine to get us back on track? We don't know. We have no idea. All we can do is consult him individually and then do the best we can in our walk with him.



The bible lays out very clearly certain guidelines and some things that are definitely sins. But birth control is NOT one of them. It does leave room for interpretation. You have obviously interpreted it one way and you may be right, but you may also be wrong and we will not know until we meet him on Judgment day. Unless you have some definite scripture that addresses this, and if you do I would love to see them. :-)

Kyle - posted on 05/23/2010

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Heather- You said "Those of you who think it is sinful to use bc, then you just think if I end up pregnant 10 times that's God's will, though there's no possible way that my husband and I could provide for 10 children?! "

first I want to say With God ALL things are possible, and it would be Gods will, second, If God wants you to have 10 children then trust me you will, birth control is NOT going to stop you from getting pregnant with them. Now, whether you have them or not (abortion), that is the only way YOU can stop yourself from having 10 kids. and I as a Christian AND as a person with a conscience and heart DO NOT believe in abortion. I think it is wrong to destroy such an amazing blessing that God has given us.
Also you said, "God gave us the brains and the means to be responsible with human life- and I think sometimes that means NOT creating one" ,
YOU don't create babies, God does.
So with all that being said, If I were on it then I would reconsider taking the certain kinds of birth control that do cause an early term abortion. But everyone has their own opinion and they are entitled to them. This is just my opinion and I hope it doesn't come off the wrong way or judgmental.

Heather - posted on 05/23/2010

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Those of you who think it is sinful to use bc, then you just think if I end up pregnant 10 times that's God's will, though there's no possible way that my husband and I could provide for 10 children?! It just baffles me. I talked with my doctor about NFP right before getting married, and the only way that would work is if my husband and I NEVER had sex unless we were trying to conceive. My cycle is highly irregular and completely unpredictable... and I don't think God would tell me to just see what happens. God gave us the brains and the means to be responsible with human life- and I think sometimes that means NOT creating one.

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me and my husband decided that I was going on birth control (mostly me, but I did talk to him about it first) after we decided that we didn't want any kids at that time. the pill made me sick, so we got condoms. That was the first time I had taken any birth control, but having my husband gone for a year at a time helps too.

Diane - posted on 05/22/2010

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I respectfully dissagree.
We can not attribute to God what we willfully decide to do. Can I blame Him for the abortion I had? Should my thinking be, gee God did not want me to have this child so He found a way for me to get rid of it?

Should I think that had I not had it I might not have had my next child?
God steps back and gives us free will to do what we want to do, unless you think we are just robots and we are all doing what He wants us to do. That would mean God not only causes us to do good things but the bad as well.
We are responsible for our own actions and have to account for them before God. We are responsible for our own salvation.......
and we are responsible to walk according to the scriptures.
We should read and pray on them and use them as a guide for our lives.We should also take into consideration what science has to say about the life in the womb and what something we might take would do to our babies.

If you say God is totally in control that if God wants you to have a baby you would have it...then
when Scott Peterson killed his wife Laci and child Connor who was in the womb...did God not want Connor to be born?

God is in control.....but he allows us to sin, we should never forget that. If I over eat and get fat its not because God wants me fat. If a woman has an abortion ....that has nothing to do with what God wants. That would be contrary to EVERYTHING in the bible.

God bless

Cindy - posted on 05/20/2010

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No I dont think this is a sin. I think God wants us to be responsible. I agree with one of the moms that said if God wants you to have a baby He will see to it even if you are on birth control. NOTHING can stop His plan for His Kingdom.

Chrissy - posted on 05/20/2010

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I do not consider the pill a sinful thing at all, because it simply prevents a pregnancy, rather than hurting a baby. In addition, I know that God is bigger than a pill; if it is His will for a baby to be born, the baby will be conceived, regardless of birth control! Both of my nieces were conceived while my sister was taking birth control - ten years apart! It was God's timing and His will for them to be born when they were.

Evon - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would not consider Birth contrl a sin if it is use as a medication like extremely bad cramps or to regulate your periods or any other medical conditions. But if you are a christians you explain what our Heavenly Father says about sex before marriage but at the end of it all the decisions is our children not ours.

Christine - posted on 05/19/2010

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I honestly don't think birth control is a sin, I don't think God would be pleased with us just going around having babies upon babies irresponsibly. That is why he gave us wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Laura - posted on 05/17/2010

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Short Answer: NO!!! Birth control is NOT a sin. People twist the truth of the Bible to make it mean what they want it to mean which is why we have the number of different denominations that we have. DO NOT take things out of its original context and what it was meant to mean.

Claire - posted on 05/15/2010

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Although every child is a gift from God, it doesn't mean that the conception of that child was His will anymore than it is His will that people get cancer or that people die in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. He works those things for good, but they aren't necessarily His will. We are all subject to the consequences of our actions and sometimes the actions of others. I cannot believe that all the pregnant teenage girls I see at the high school where I teach are pregnant because it's God's will. God allows things to happen and He doesn't always choose to intervene. If you have cancer, you seek medical treatment. If you have ALS, you seek medical treatment. If you had a child with autism, you would seek the help of professionals. In none of these cases would you just sit around saying, "If it's God's will, I'll get better or my child will get better," and not be proactive in trying to help the situation. If you don't want to have a child regardless of the reason, you use birth control. There are things that God said in the Bible that although they are just as true today as they were then do have a little different meaning today. When God said, "Be fruitful and multiply," the world was just being populated. As for the idea that if God wants someone to have a baby she'll have a baby, as a woman who struggled with infertility, should I not have sought medical treatment for what was an illness of my body, assuming that if it was God's will I'd have a baby? My body won't allow me to be fruitful. One question to the person who said using BC outside of marriage is sinful. What about using BCP to regulate menstrual cycles? Or should single women have to have a periods that lasts for six weeks just because they're single and shouldn't be having sex anyway? I am a divorced woman who is committed to sexual purity, but I take BCP for my skin. It's the only thing that has ever worked in my entire life. Do you think God thinks that's sinful? Quite frankly, I don't think he's upset by it. This is certainly a controversial topic among people who consider themselves to be part of the same family, the family of God. As long as we agree on the essentials of our faith, the non-essentials like whether or not BC is ok shouldn't be such big issues. If you think BC is sinful, then for you it is. If I think it isn't for me, then it isn't. It's not essential to my salvation.

Sunshine - posted on 05/15/2010

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I personally don't think its a SIN.. QUESTION about that tho:
If some birth control is considered SIN in some peoples eyes
IS IT A SIN THAT I HAVE THE MIRENA?
I just don't see a problem with it honestly. Its better to have Birth control then to get pregnant & then get an abortion cause you didn't want that baby.. I don't see a problem with any of the BC at least that person is being responsible.

Diane - posted on 05/14/2010

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That's what the some prochoice people says when I talk to them about abortion. "I guess this one is between God and me whether or not I have an abortion."

As a Christian should I say nothing at all?

Is abortion just between God and the woman?

Stephanie - posted on 05/14/2010

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I guess I would have to pray first before I go by the answers that anyone else gives. God will let you know and He is ever understanding. He knows what you need before you even remember to ask Him.
Some women take the pill or the shots so that their periods and the pms that goes with it isn't so bad. I don't know if it is a sin to do this because I would like more relief at times.
I guess that this one is to be between you and God,

Sunny - posted on 05/14/2010

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The decision to have a baby is 100% between you, your husband, and the Lord. No one else has a say in it. We are also given brains and the ability to think for ourselves, and responsible family planning is just that - responsible. I liked what Heather said about that. I don't believe that any one BC method is any more or less sinful than the next. The sin lies in not trying when you've received personal revelation, or answer to prayer, for you to begin.
That said, realize that the only absolutely sure way to NOT get pregnant is to abstain. There is no birth control that promises 100% effectiveness. And once the sperm and egg meet, a life is formed, and it's a whole different story. You've taken that risk, and in doing so are responsible for the outcome.

Kristy - posted on 05/13/2010

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The question really is one that make you think. We take birth control to not get pregnant. Everyone knows that sex outside of marriage is a sin. therefore birthcontrol outside of marriage would be a sin. We are suppose to trust His will and put our faith and our lives in his hands and trust that He will provide for us if we believe in Him. Why do married women take birth control? Because they aren't ready yet in their marriage to have a baby? Or they don't want to have children too close together. They want to space them out how they want? They have had all the children they planned on having, so they take it to prevent future pregnancies? Where is God's will in all that? Are they putting their family in God's hands and letting His will be done or are they preventing His will from being done and placing their own will in there instead? Finances are a reason for birth control, and even that reason isn't really a good one. God would never give you a gift and not give you the means to care for that gift would He?



I am going to be straight up honest with yal, I am not a bible thumper. I don't go to Church every Sunday. I am honestly not a big fan of organized religion. I consider myself spiritual. I have studied the bible, but I don't keep it on my nightstand ready to quote scripture. I know I sound really... straight laced.. hard core.... I sooo am not.

Kristy - posted on 05/13/2010

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This is suck a sticky subject. i believe that God intends for us to remain virgins until we are married and once we are married we are to be fruitful and multipy and remain married to that one person unless he or she dies. I believe he gave us minds and we know our bodies and we know when we ovulate and if we choose not to have sex during that couple of days a month when we can get pregnant, then that is our choice. But technically speaking, I don't think he intended on unmarried women to take birthcontrol so they could have sex and not get pregnant out of wedlock. I don't believe that if you are married that God intends for you to control his will with a pill.

All that being said... what i believe and what I have practiced are two different thing. My parents are of the oldest strictest religion in regards to this subject, the Catholic faith ( i am not, however catholic), and cousins, sisters, brothers, etc.. what they are taught to be right and what they actually did and do are two totally different things. My self did indeed take birth control between pregnancies and after my divorce before my marriage. So I am right there. I know what is right but I choose to do what is wrong. Should I be more influenced by God or influenced by society? I don't think that the bible is meant to be interpretted differently with the changing times. I don't think we can tweek to be more applicable to 2010. I basically think that birth control during marriage is a sin. And I think that birth control outside of marriage is a sin ontop of a sin.

Dang, it is getting HOT in here.. or is it just me?

Tana - posted on 05/13/2010

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I don't force my views on anyone merely share what I believe personally. I will also never judge anyone for their choice in a matter like this either.
I love big families and always wanted one myself and have never regretted having a bunch of children! I will say that when I was having #3 I was a bit scared thinking...can I do this!!!??!!! Two was hard enough! However, I found for me anyway, that two kids was much harder than 6! By the time # 3 and 4 came around I had helpers to assist mama in little ways that I didn't have when I just had two in diapers! My oldest could stir dinner and keep an eye on it so I could change a diaper real quick.
Big families aren't for everyone and there are mothers, like my own mother that probably shouldn't have a lot of children. Also everyone is different and has different stressors. I know plenty of mothers that a bunch of children running around demanding attention and care would stress them out. I am the exact opposite I would go nuts without all these kiddies around!

Again as I said I won't ever judge someone else for their decision. It isn't my place at all :o) So Amy I hope you didn't feel that I was coming across that way as it was not my intention at all!
Blessings

Amy - posted on 05/13/2010

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I don't believe Birth Control is a sin. However, if you feel the Lord directing you to trust Him in this area in your life, do it! :) Big families are beautiful! But I know, that for me it's time to be done. I would be a wreck of a wife and mother if I had more than I felt I could handle well. Go the way you feel the Lord is leading you and He will honor you.

Tana - posted on 05/13/2010

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Personally, I feel this is an issue for you and your husband to discuss and pray about. Also, do research so you know the facts and do what YOU are comfortable with. If you go against YOUR OWN conscience it is a sin for YOU,...in the bible somewhere...it is why if someone is offended with us eating meat we do not flaunt our freedom in Christ as to not make another brother or sister stumble.

For me, I was not comfortable with any of the BC forms out there as most of the secondary features will abort a fertilized egg. I was personally uncomfortable with that. I also feel God will help me provide for any child HE gives us and trust Him enough to decide. However, I also love kids and love having a slew of them running about my feet all day and hope to have a slew of grand-babies later in life. I have had 9 pregnancies -- 6 of those went to term and gave me 6 wonderful little miracles! I am in my mid thirties now all my children are fed and cared for and...Yes,...we want another...however, just as we do not interfere with God's plan by trying to stop it...we also do not try to go out of our way to force a pregnancy to happen either. I am not comfortable with altering my body; however, my Mother and my MIL had their tubes tied. Again, I believe that if you and your spouse are communicating and taking it to God in prayer that is what is most important...that you make the descion together. :o)

Blessings

Elizabeth - posted on 05/11/2010

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Birth control is not a sin, condoms, getting tubes tied and of this and more... No I don not think it is a sin.If God whats you to have a baby you are going to have one when he wants you too and nothing can stop that. Coffee, smoking, salt, fats these too are said to KILL the sperm but the fact is that we might try or not try and have a baby which is great. Being responsible with you life and planning to afford your children but God has a way of working things out for you, your baby, your family.

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I don't consider most birth control methods as sin (abortions or the abortion pill, I would). However, if God tells you to NOT use birth control and you do, then it IS a sin for YOU. Personally, I feel like some forms of birth control tend to induce m/c as opposed to preventing conception, but I really don't know enough facts to be certain of that.

Tiffiny - posted on 05/11/2010

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i have 3 little grls,and after the third i had a iud put in,i believe god just wants u to be responsible if that means using birth control to stop pregnancies than why not use them, i cant afford more kids now so the iud is working well.

Lou Ann - posted on 05/11/2010

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Wow...I have read alot on this and I truly believe it is a matter of prayer for each individual. It also depends on who you are talking about. A teenager, unmarried, divorced, etc....I think in our own hearts we know the answers. Just listen to your Heavenly Father. He will guide you if you let him.

Nicole - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am reminded of the verse where Paul says "everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial". I don't think there are hard and fast rules on this particular issue. My husband and I have really struggled with this too!!! We have taken the approach that we don't want birth control to take the place of hearing what God wants for us. We have prayed before each child and felt like God was saying he wanted us to have another one. When we feel like he says our family is complete then we feel birth control is OK to use (but I agree, only birth control that stops fertilization and not just implantation). I just think we need to give God a say in our family planning and then use what is available to us to accomplish His plan. But He has the final say anyway right?! :)

Laura - posted on 05/11/2010

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That's one you have to take to the Lord in prayer and ask Him. But after our first child was four weeks premature, and our second was 7 weeks premature and almost died, I had my tubes tied at the six-week after birth check up! I have diabetes, and feels so blessed and grateful for two healthy sons, I just didn't think I could go through a close call, again. I guess if I had more faith, I would trust that God would never give me more than I can handle...my trust is that Jesus paid for my sins, and I am washed clean and forgiven. God bless you in your decision process!

Buffie - posted on 05/10/2010

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Not all BC is a sin and in some cases it is a need. The IUD and others like it are a definit sin. Not alwies are woman toled what it dose, killing sperm is not killing a baby, condoms wold also fall under killing sperm ie spermaside it is in most of them still not a sin. I did see a post that said that we dont know if its a baby tell the eeg hits the wall this is not true by the time it dose it has alried devied into several sells, thats why the "morning after" pill is killing a baby. You do have to rember that you as alwies need to pray and if you don't have peace with somthing don't do it. God can over come any medication BC and condoms that one may chose to use.

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Well, I can tell you after having 5 unplanned kids, three of whom were almost prevented due to condoms and/or birth control. My Mom always said, "If God wants you pregnant, you will get pregnant."

However, I do not believe it is a sin to use any form of birth control. Of course, I do believe we should be willing to receive the children God wants to send us.

Right now I am on birth control for health reasons. I have an illness whose symptoms only subside while pregnant or on the pill. Since I am divorced, I am pretty sure I will not be getting pregnant any time soon. So putting myself in this "fake pregnant" state allows my body the chance to heal.

Of course, doctors have been trying to tell me to have a hysterectomy since I was 28. If I had done that, I would have the last 2 or 3 kids I do now. Then we could be having a conversation about having hysterectomies at early ages to prevent pregnancies.

As long as you are doing what God has called you to do. Taking care of yourself and your family the way He has asked YOU to do. Then I wouldn't worry about what other people are doing. Everyone will answer to God for the decisions they make. God doesn't ask all of us to do the same things...and if He does...it usually not the same way.

Christa - posted on 05/10/2010

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Diane, I'm not sure you are correct. Do you know for sure that life begins when the sperm meets the egg and NOT implantation?? I honestly don't know what Jesus' answer would be to that. The fertilized egg can not survive until it successfully implants and there are a million reasons other then birth control why this doesn't happen. Are all those fertilized eggs babies? Scientifically your body doesn't even know there is a fertilized egg there until it implants. I know there is a group of people out there who believe the same way you do and I'm not saying you are wrong, I'm just saying we don't really have anyway of knowing for sure. I feel people should be responsible to prevent pregnancy and that includes birth control. I believe that God is a forgiving God and IF he truly doesn't approve of BC he will forgive those of us who thought we were doing the right thing. After all no one is without sin right?

Diane - posted on 05/10/2010

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"More of a sin" doesn't negate the fact that the first act is a sin and I don't believe that God would give you a child and not help you to care for him/her and if you really can't find it in your heart to love a child that you have there are thousands of childless couples who would give the world to have that baby in their lives.

Kenitra - posted on 05/10/2010

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I think that bringing a child into the world you can't take care of or do not want is more of a sin. Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective, and abstinence is favored in the Bible, at least for unmarried women.

Crystal - posted on 05/08/2010

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I believe there are methods of birth control that are a sin, and specifically, it would be those that prevent implantation but not fertilization. If you believe that life begins at conception, then preventing conception would not be a sin (such as using condoms/diaphragms/etc or a hormonal birth control method such as the pill, the patch, the ring, or the shot). But, methods like an IUD, based on what I have learned, WOULD be a sin, because it prevents implantation, meaning that an egg and sperm could unite to form a baby, but the baby wouldn't be able to attach to the uterine wall.

I would say do your own research on the birth control method you're most interested in, and ask a LOT of questions. pray about it, and decide for yourself.

Carla - posted on 05/08/2010

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By age 18, I had two children. I NEEDED birth control! At 22, on the pill, tipped uterus and endometriosis, I had another! She is the absolute joy of our family! I am not God. I do know bringing another child into the world after her, when we were struggling, wouldn't have been fair to our other 3. I had my tubes tied.



Every person has to be able to answer this for themselves. I sure wouldn't want a priest coming around asking me when I was going to have another! This is between your God and you. And God bless us, as we struggle to live this life.

Rebecca - posted on 05/08/2010

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I think we try to "play God" too much. I look at it as: If God wants you to have a child, then you probably will. There were times when my husband and I wanted to get pregnant, so we tried for a year. So then we hit some hard times and DID NOT want to have a child, and we did. And another one immediatley after. I'm not comfortable with the idea of trying to control the process, because it isn't up to me. BUT, God if you are reading... Please no more babies for a while?

Christa - posted on 05/07/2010

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I agree with the others, I don't think it's a sin at all. I believe God gave us brains to use. I also believe he is in control of all things and if he wants me to have a baby and I'm on BC then I WILL get pregnant. BC won't stop his plans. But I do think he has given us wisdom to use. It actually frustrates me that the Christian community tells women not to use BC. What's the alternative? Getting pregnant with an unwanted baby, then what? abortion? I will take BC over abortions everyday of the week. If someone is trying to be responsible please don't try and tell them it's a sin. Congratulate them on taking the needed steps to not be in a situation where they may even consider committing murder on an innocent life. Because that is without a doubt a sin.

Alison - posted on 05/07/2010

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I haven't found a passage in the Bible telling me not to use bc. If you try to argue that it is disobeying a command to be fruitful and multiply, so is the rythm method. If you see it as a lack of trust in God, so is the rythm method. I think it is ridiculous and unfair to ask Christians to forgo birth control to be pleasing to the Lord. I don't buy it.

I live in Quebec which has a heavy Catholic past, where the priests went around to visit all of the families in their parish and find out when they were having another baby, or why they were not. I hurt for those women who were pressured into having babies that they didn't want.

Heather - posted on 05/07/2010

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Personally, I think they are all methods of doing responsible family planning and don't think any of them are sinful. I think God smiles on our efforts to be responsible about bringing another life/lives into the world. Not treating it lightly and having a child before we are ready and able to provide the best for him/her. Doesn't God reserve His best for US?



Oh, FYI, if you are interested- birth control pills/ primarily function by stopping ovulation so that there is no egg waiting to be fertilized in the first place, as well as making the uterine environment unfavorable so that an egg can't implant and sperm have a difficult time reaching the egg. Spermicide DOES kill sperm to prevent it from fertilizing a waiting egg.



Personally, I see no difference. IF you believe that preventing pregnancy is a disruption of God's plan or sinful in some way, then the mechanism shouldn't matter. Right?

Kyle - posted on 05/06/2010

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My opinion is medication birth control I believe is a sin because it kills the sperm, I am not sure about the condoms because it is not exactly killing the sperm just catching it and preventing it from doing it's job. I don't really have an opinion on the ovulation schedule thing. I am curious to other opinions though.

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