"We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need."
Notice that the negatives are understood better from the perspective of the positives.
I believe it is safe to assume that most who are reading this blog already believe that there is something wrong with contraception, though it has become obvious that there are disagreements as to why. Is it simply a natural law matter of not separating the individual act of sexual relations from procreation, or are there even greater Christian principles involved here? What does God's Word say about it?
The Word addresses the issue we have been discussing on this blog mostly from the positive perspective of God's perfect will of fruitfulness rather than the violation of God's will. It should therefore be the primary intent of this study of Scripture to examine God's positive intent with regard to procreation. There is no possible way one could list all of the potential violations of that perfect will.
Just like in the explanation of the Commandments in Luther's Small Catechism, we better understand how to identify what we are forbidden to do by examining what we should be doing to fulfill God's will. For example, if we think of the Fifth Commandment only in the negative terms of murder, hurt, and anger, and all the things we could possibly do which are forbidden by this commandment, we miss the main point that what God means for us to do is to help and befriend our neighbor in every bodily need.
If we are not fulfilling God's will in a positive sense, we are just as guilty of the negative violations of it as the murderer or the adulterer. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Did you ever notice how Luther's explanation of that commandment doesn't list any of the negatives we are to avoid? "We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in words and deeds, and each love and honor his spouse." If you understand the positive expectations, the innumerable negatives are readily recognized when they show themselves.
So, to better understand what we are NOT supposed to do according to God's will, let us first learn what God would have us do with regard to procreation. With that in mind, let's go ahead and follow the the evidence as presented in the LCR document. I will begin with point one in a subsequent post.
Any thoughts so far?