Reader clarifies view on abortion
To the Editor:
If I were reading your paper and saw the headline, "Surgical or chemical–pills–birth control is not God's will," I'd think, "Who is this nut, and who does she think she is? Abortion, surgical or chemical, is not God's will."
Birth control is between a husband and wife, as long as it doesn't potentially end human life after conception. Christians (those who believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, and was raised from the dead) live by the Spirit of the Law and not the letter of the Law. We don't just do what's right in our own eyes, but we search the Scriptures to find God's will, His principles, and His precepts to live by. So does He have anything to say about birth control? "Be fruitful and multiply;" a woman is unclean (meaning not to have sexual intercourse) until the 15th day after her period (a woman's most fertile days according to Biology classes); cursed is the man that spills his seed (sperm) on the ground; and concerning conjugal duty–or due benevolence as the King James version states it–I Corinthians 6:5, "Defraud (deprive) ye not one another except with consent for a time (set time) that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency (want of self restraint)." That's natural family planning–abstinence for a set time, i.e. around the 15th day after a woman's period!
But this is still a personal matter. The taking of innocent life–which Christians would never knowingly do–is totally outside of God's will... good, acceptable or perfect.
Printed in the September 27, 2012 edition