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  •  Much has to do with a misinterpretation (5+ / 0-)

    of the story of Onan, who "spilled his seed" (pulled out before ejaculation) rather than fulfill his expected duty of impregnating his brother's widow after the brother's death. It was not contraception per se (or even masturbation which has also been the interpretation) but merely disobedience of God's command -- when you consider that the Children of Israel were overall a pretty small group, and lives were always at risk due to war, disease or childbirth, it was important to increase the flock by any means possible. In these days of overpopulation, not so much.  

    Most mainline Christian religions have no objection to contraception, at least in the context of a committed monogamous marriage -- and in any case, they leave such decisions up to the couple involved. Mostly it's a "don't ask, don't tell" sort of thing -- the Episcopal marriage ceremony that I was married under in 1991 merely states, after all the other reasons for marriage (mutual joy, help and comfort in tragedy), "if it is God's will, the bearing of children and the nurturing of them in the Lord." (I may have the wording wrong there.) "God's will" can cover a variety of factors, and us Episcopalians have no objections to better living through science/chemistry when it comes to family planning.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 05:25:11 PM PST

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    •  Thanks Cali Scribe. (0+ / 0-)

      As you say,

      "God's will" can cover a variety of factors
      But since it's we, the people, who are doing the interpretation, how can we really know? I was brought up Roman Catholic, and I remember when the priest counseled my mother that if she used birth control (in this case, a diaphragm) that she would no longer be allowed to recieve Communion and would be excommunicated. Mind you, this was after 7 kids in 12 years.

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