When sin is not spiritual

I was reading an argument the other day that said the invention of cheap and effective birth control was the death of Christian sexual ethics. The point was that in earlier eras when sex led more often to conception the prohibition of out-of-wedlock sex was more socially acceptable.

The interesting thing about this argument is the way it reduces questions of sin to material consequences. It is as if sin is not a spiritual matter at all. Perhaps for many people it is not, and that is why biblical teachings fail to hold when physical harm from sinful behavior is eliminated. We don’t actually believe sin can harm our spirit.

That apple is rather nice looking. It is good to eat. What can be the harm? Go ahead. Take a bite.


8 thoughts on “When sin is not spiritual

  1. “squirting cucumber was good as “an abortive suppository for the uterus, 
     Pliny the Elder stated: “Gossip records a miracle, that to rub it (crushed juniper berries) all over the male part before coitus prevents conception”.

    Cheap birth control has been around a long time.
    Pliny the Elder, the Hippocratic treatise, Soranus,and Amida all write about birth control & abortive technique There is even a book by  Vern L. Bullough
    Titled “Encyclopedia of Birth Control “ that one could take a ook at online.
    Birth control, abortion, & sexual promiscuity has been around a long time.

    What can you tell us about the author?
    There one usually finds agenda.

    Book on Topic:
    Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance
    By John M. Riddle

  2. For a quick, very brief rundown:
    “Birth Control A Brief History” Site Our Bodies Ourselves

    A Brief History of Birth Control
    Prior to any developed methods of birth control, women had to rely on male withdrawal, and on crude infanticide and abortion for backup.

    3000 B.C. — Condoms made from such materials as fish bladders, linen sheaths, and animal intestines.

    1500— First spermicides introduced which used condoms made from linen cloth sheaths and soaked in a chemical solution and dried before using.

    1838— Condoms and diaphragms made from vulcanized rubber.

  3. Since you brought up the subject.
    Read Numbers 5, 11-20 and tell me who is really on trial here and what is going on?

    Is this a case of “birth control”

     “And he shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her to become bitter. Then the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand, shall wave the offering before the Lord, and bring it to the altar;  and the priest shall take a handful of the offering, as its memorial portion, burn it on the altar, and afterward make the woman drink the water.  When he has made her drink the water, then it shall be, if she has defiled herself and behaved unfaithfully toward her husband, that the water that brings a curse will enter her and become bitter, and her belly will swell, her thigh will rot, and the woman will become a curse among her people. But if the woman has not defiled herself, and is clean, then she shall be free and may conceive children.

    Could “bitter water” be a liquor that causes a forced abortion?
    If the suspected woman is forced to drink the “bitter water,” Who is guilty?
    The husband would be guilty of murdering an unborn child if the wife drinks the bitter water and the only offering was for the of sin of jealousy.. There was no offering for the murder of the unborn child
    Numbers 5:15
    If the bitter water proves the woman has been faithful “then she shall be free and may conceive children. ”Numbers 5:28

    Now is’t that interesting. She is free. Free from what?
    How many husbands would take such a risk.

    Sin, sexuality and soul.What a topic!

    1. Interesting topic, yes. Your examples may indicate the old truth that everything that we think is new is really old.

  4. Thank you for this post, John. There IS a spiritual dimension to life that is often ignored in our modernist and post-modern culture. For example, we no longer rely on prayer for healing. And the church does not depend on prayer when we have enough money to do what we want. WE want to be in control, and as long as we think we CAN control things we are happy. Who needs God?

    As Psalm 14 says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile: there is no one who does good.” I am afraid we live in a very foolish culture. We may give lip-service to God; but our deeds often reveal that we no longer trust the God of the Bible.

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