If Children are a Blessing

I've been wanting to write a post here for a while, and Erich's last post was a good spring board for me to jump off.

About a year or so ago I was very hesitant to agree with Erich that any contracepting (even NFP) is a deviation from God's intentions for marriage. There are many logical reasons to avoid having a child. Some of them are very very logical, like health issues, multiple miscarriage, or extreme poverty. Some of them are very very superficial, like the reason that I am hoping not to get pregnant this year... I'm training for a marathon.

But if what Scripture says is true, and that children are a blessing and are only given by God then I have to conclude that actively avoiding that blessing is Sin. And when facing a logical reason to avoid pregnancy one must not consider it their right, but a deviation from God's plan as the result of Sin in the world. I have had to quit charting my fertility because knowing with any certainty when I am fertile will tempt me to avoid pregnancy in order to train for my race. And training for a marathon is not a good reason to turn down a blessing from God.

I'd like it if Erich would explain again his "lesser evil" description of contraception. I am interested in having that conversation again.


Erich Heidenreich, DDS said...

I think it was probably Christopher's last post that provided this springboard for you. He's the one who posted just before you.

I'd be happy to post again on Christian ethics, particularly the "lesser evil" principle. Coming right up!

Erich Heidenreich, DDS said...

I just made a new post titled "Conflicting Absolutes" in response to your request, Devona.

Thanks to Christopher for getting us back on track with God's Word!

Devona said...

Oops, Sorry Christopher. I did mean to be jumping off of your post.