|THE SIN OF ONAN: Genesis 38:9-10;
According to the improper interpretation of this passage, Onan's sin is presented here in consisting only
in his selfish intent to deny offspring to his brothers widow Tamar and not even partly in the unusual
method he employed in doing so.
The classical Jewish commentators - certainly saw in this passage of Scripture a condemnation of both,
[his resistance to God's command and] unnatural intercourse.
A typical Jewish commentary puts it thus: "[Onan] misused the organs God gave him for propagating the
race to unnaturally satisfy his own lust, and he was therefore deserving of death." (Berehis: Genesis
[Brooklyn: Mesorah, 1980]. 5:1677).
The proper interpretation can be found in: [Deut. 25:10] The penalty subsequently laid down in the law
of Moses for a refusal to comply with the levirate marriage precept is only a relatively mild public
humiliation in the form of a brief ceremony of indignation.
In [Lev. 18:22, 20:13] we see that the penalty for the improper use of the sexual organs is death!
The penalty is death - to have sex only for lustful reasons - the penalty is death.
|The Historic Christian Teaching
Few realize that up until 1930, all Protestant denominations agreed with
the Catholic Churchs teaching condemning contraception as sinful. At its
1930 Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church, swayed by growing social
pressure, announced that contraception would be allowed in some
circumstances. Soon the Anglican church completely caved in, allowing
contraception across the board. Since then, all other Protestant
denominations have followed suit. Today, the Catholic Church alone
proclaims the historic Christian position on contraception.
Evidence that contraception is in conflict with Gods laws comes from a
variety of sources that will be examined in this tract.
The preceding information is meant as a support of The Catholic Church's Teaching on the
sinfulness of artificial birth control. It is not meant to be a complete teaching on the Gift of
Human Sexuality by God.
For more detailed information of our God Given Gift of Human Sexuality please consider
reading; "The Good News About Sex & Marriage" by Christopher West based on the
writings of Pope John Paul II.
|By John Salza
Gen 1:28, 9:1,7; 35:11 - from the beginning, the Lord commands us to be fruitful ("fertile") and multiply. A husband and wife fulfill God's plan for
marriage in the bringing forth of new life, for God is life itself.
Gen. 28:3 - Isaac's prayer over Jacob shows that fertility and procreation are considered blessings from God.
Gen. 38:8-10 - Onan is killed by God for practicing contraception (in this case, withdrawal) and spilling his semen on the ground.
Gen. 38:11-26 - Judah, like Onan, also rejected God's command to keep up the family lineage, but he was not killed.
Deut. 25:7-10 - the penalty for refusing to keep up a family lineage is not death, like Onan received. Onan was killed for wasting seed.
Gen. 38:9 - also, the author's usage of the graphic word "seed," which is very uncharacteristic for Hebrew writing, further highlights the reason
for Onan's death.
Exodus 23:25-26; Deut. 7:13-14 - God promises blessings which include no miscarriages or barrenness. Children are blessings from God, and
married couples must always be open to God's plan for new life with every act of marital intimacy.
Lev.18:22-23;20:13 - wasting seed with non-generative sexual acts warrants death. Many Protestant churches, which have all strayed from the
Catholic Church, reject this fundamental truth (few Protestants and Catholics realize that contraception was condemned by all of Christianity -
and other religions - until the Anglican church permitted it in certain cases at the Lambeth conference in 1930. This opened the floodgates of
Lev. 21:17,20 - crushed testicles are called a defect and a blemish before God. God reveals that deliberate sterilization and any other methods
which prevent conception are intrinsically evil.
Deut. 23:1 - whoever has crushed testicles or is castrated cannot enter the assembly. Contraception is objectively sinful and contrary, not only
to God's Revelation, but the moral and natural law.
Deut. 25:11-12 - there is punishment for potential damage to the testicles, for such damage puts new life at risk. It, of course, follows that
vasectomies, which are done with willful consent, are gravely contrary to the natural law.
1 Chron. 25:5 - God exalts His people by blessing them with many children. When married couples contracept, they are declaring "not your will
God, but my will be done."
Psalm 127:3-5 - children are a gift of favor from God and blessed is a full quiver. Married couples must always be open to God's precious gift of
life. Contraception, which shows a disregard for human life, has lead to the great evils of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide.
Hosea 9:11; Jer. 18:21 - God punishes Israel by preventing pregnancy. Contraception is a curse, and married couples who use contraception
are putting themselves under the same curse.
Mal. 2:14 - marriage is not a contract (which is a mere exchange of property or services). It is a covenant, which means a supernatural
exchange of persons. Just as God is three in one, so are a husband and wife, who become one flesh and bring forth new life, three in one.
Marital love is a reflection of the Blessed Trinity.
Mal. 2:15 - What does God desire? Godly offspring. What is contraception? A deliberate act against God's will. With contraception, a couple
declares, "God may want an eternal being created with our union, but we say no." Contraception is a grave act of selfishness.
Matt. 19:5-6 - Jesus said a husband and wife shall become one. They are no longer two, but one, just as God is three persons, yet one. The
expression of authentic marital love reintegrates our bodies and souls to God, and restores us to our original virginal state (perfect integration
of body and soul) before God.
Matt. 19:6; Eph. 5:31 - contraception prevents God's ability to "join" together. Just as Christ's love for the Church is selfless and sacrificial, and
a husband and wife reflect this union, so a husband and wife's love for each other must also be selfless and sacrificial. This means being open
to new life.
Acts 5:1-11 - Ananias and Sapphira were slain because they withheld part of a gift. Fertility is a gift from God and cannot be withheld.
Rom.1:26-27 - sexual acts without the possibility of procreation is sinful. Self-giving love is life-giving love, or the love is a lie. The unitive and
procreative elements of marital love can never be divided, or the marital love is also divided, and God is left out of the marriage.
1 Cor. 6:19-20 - the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; thus, we must glorify God in our bodies by being open to His will.
1 Cor. 7:5 - this verse supports the practice of natural family planning ("NFP"). Married couples should not refuse each other except perhaps by
agreement for a season, naturally.
Gal. 6:7-8 - God is not mocked for what a man sows. If to the flesh, corruption. If to the Spirit, eternal life.
Eph. 5:25 - Paul instructs husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church, by giving his entire body to her and holding nothing back.
With contraception, husbands tell their wives, I love you except your fertility, and you can have me except for my fertility. This love is a lie
because it is self-centered, and not self-giving and life-giving.
Eph. 5:29-31; Phil. 3:2 - mutilating the flesh (e.g., surgery to prevent conception) is gravely sinful. Many Protestant churches reject this most
basic moral truth.
1 Tim. 2:15 - childbearing is considered a "work" through which women may be saved by God's grace.
Deut. 22:13-21 – these verses also show that God condemns pre-marital intercourse. The living expression of God’s creative love is reserved
for a sacramental marriage between one man and one woman.
Rev. 9:21; 21:8; 22:15; Gal. 5:20 - these verses mention the word "sorcery." The Greek word is "pharmakeia" which includes abortifacient
potions such as birth control pills. These pharmakeia are mortally sinful. Moreover, chemical contraception does not necessarily prevent
conception, but may actually kill the child in the womb after conception has occurred (by preventing the baby from attaching to the uterine wall).
Contraception is a lie that has deceived millions, but the Church is holding her arms open wide to welcome back her children who have strayed
from the truth.
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1 Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.
Mt 5:28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
1 Cor 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
1 Cor 7:8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do.
1 Cor 7:9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
Col 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.