Thursday, July 21, 2016

How positively neanderthal of you!

Birth Control.  Once all Christians were against it.  Now it appears unthinkable that such a medieval and patronizing view of sex and reproduction could survive at all -- not even among Roman Catholics.  The truth is the Roman Catholics were not and are not alone in their belief that birth control is a sin against God.

Father Patrick Henry Reardon, pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Chicago, who’s also an author and senior editor for the Christian magazine Touchstone, spoke in a recently published YouTube video of how throughout history until the 20th century all Christians, not just the Orthodox, but the Church fathers and Protestants as well, regarded birth control use as immoral and a sin.  “Now it’s lost,” he states in the video. “And the Church really must not go with the flow on this matter. Because this really is an insult to God.”

This is a not a settled question and worth an open debate.  The common acceptance of birth control has had a profound impact upon our sexual behavior as a people, the way we connect sex, love, marriage, and children, and the whole abortion issue.  Perhaps Fr. Reardon is raising just the right point at just the right time before we are swept away by our own desires and overcome by our belief that we can control everything with little help from God.


Anonymous said...

This was a settled matter until the Lambeth Conference of 1930, and so it should have remained. There is nothing to discuss; it is a sin. End of story.


Anonymous said...

Uh Oh. Birth control. Here come the crazies.

Anonymous said...

As someone who was abandoned by their single mother, I'd like to point out that it has a serious effect on your life when you realize you are the unwanted by product of recreational sex.
"Even though my father and my mother forsake me, then will the Lord God take in."