From the Bible the Christian derives moral principles that he deductively applies to specific situations. Ethical decisions are motivated by love for God and our fellow men, guided by the Holy Spirit and reason. Although there is no specific text in Scripture to settle the contraception issue, the overall scriptural view of the nature of God, man, marriage, and sexual intercourse leads to the conclusion that we have a right to control conception.

God, the Creator and Sustainer of mankind, created us male and female. He designed us physically so that sex relations were possible. And he designed us emotionally with desire that makes sex relations probable. God saw that each thing he created was good; sex is of God, and therefore sex is good.

God created man with reason, judgment, a sense of responsibility, and a will. Therefore man is not governed just by instinct. He can direct many affairs in his own life; he has freedom to use God’s gifts according to his own condition and circumstances. God gave man dominion over the earth, and when man the creature fell, God even gave his Son to be man and to redeem man. The reconciled man therefore seeks God’s will, so that he may exercise his dominion responsibly, for God made man responsible to him. To subdue and have dominion over nature in a manner demonstrating love both to God and to our fellow men is a Christian principle apparent throughout Scripture, from the first chapter of Genesis.

“And God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply.…” Here we note that “be fruitful and multiply” was given by God more as a blessing than a commandment, and certainly not, as a curse. If the human race ceased to be fruitful and multiply, ...

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