I never cease to be amazed how those who identify themselves as Christians but more specifically Catholics like to place a finite number on God’s blessings. How often are you in a conversation with someone who says I want so many kids ? Question: what if God Our Father through Our Beloved Jesus Christ wants you to have more ? As Catholics we are supposed to be life givers. 1 Corinthians 15:45 states “This it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living soul’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit” As part of the body of Christ, you participate in the same identity. So what sense does it make to put a limit on the number of children one conceives ? More specifically, what sense does it make to use any form of contraceptives ? That’s not being a life giver, is it ?
Let’s assume for a second one doesn’t buy the position I’ve just laid out. Let’s look a little closer at two passages: Galatians 5:19-20 and Revelation 9:21. Galatians 5:20 states “now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. Revelation 9:21 states, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot either see or hear or walk; nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their immortality or their thefts”. The key word here is sorcery. The original Greek used for the word in both of those passages is pharmakeia. You might recognize it as the word in English “pharmacy”. Now here’s the kicker: pharmacy or a pharmacist back when this was written was not what it is today. It wasn’t just a person who dispensed you drugs to address a health condition. A pharmacist was a witch doctor. Their specific job was to create potions to sterilize women. In the Greek pagan world, sexual orgies were a common thing. The witch doctor provided the ancient contraceptives.
There it is folks right there in scripture. Dominus vobiscum !