In this lesson we teach and explain the Church's position on artificial contraception. We will study Contraception using the New Testament and Old Testament. We will look at Natural law and consider contraception's effect on the body, chastity, marriage, and the family. We will also look at the Pope's wisdom on contraception and how it has led to the exploitation of women. And finally, we will look at the real meaning of love and how contraception prevents this. This course is meant to serve as an online NFP class.Preview This Lesson
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Interestingly enough, the Old Testament can be an important reference point for those who are studying the origins of Catholic teaching with regard to birth control. Since the Bible is God’s Word made manifest to His people, the Old Testament is a rich resource for those searching for answers to the difficult moral issues of our time, including contraception.
The book of Genesis in particular shows us the dangers of violating the unitive-procreative aspects of marital love. Indeed, a key passage in Genesis shows that, from God’s vantage point, birth control is inherently sinful. Onan was the second son of Judah, who married Tamar, the widow of his older brother Er. According to Jewish tradition, if an older brother died, his younger single brother married his widow in order to keep the family line going. The passage from Genesis states, “Onan, however, knew that the descendants would not be counted as his; so whenever he had relations with his brother’s widow, he wasted his seed on the ground to avoid contributing offspring for his brother. What he did greatly offended the Lord and the Lord took his life.” (Genesis 38:9-11)
In creating men “male and female,” God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity. Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God.
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