Yea or Nay?

“Another great error of our age is ignoring the design of the procreative power itself. It’s true, of course, that even when spouses welcome children, there may be grave reasons to delay conception. But God has taken care of that already. So deeply has he wrought his purposes into us that a woman’s body not only bears fruit, but has seasons–spring, summer, fall, and winter, once every cycle of the moon–providing not only for bringing babies forth, but for spacing them. There is no need to thwart the design, to artificially block fertility during a naturally fertile time. One only has to wait for a few days. If that is too difficult for us, something is wrong” (J. Budziszewski in the Foreword to Open Embrace by Sam and Bethany Torode [Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002], xvi).


One thought on “Yea or Nay?

  1. Yet, the design is flawed by sin.

    Sometimes we must first deal with the flaws before embracing the full wonders of the design.

    So, NAY:

    It is generally wise to pursue necessary cures knowing the side-effects may block fertility.

    However, YEAH:

    It is generally unwise to purposefully block fertility for purposes other than medical necessity. Because the medications used to purposely block fertility also have side effects.

    In the end, messing around with the natural order often serves only to exchange one problem with another.

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