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I shall use this stamp then. LOL
There is no way I'm going to call anything a sin without going in the bible to find it. There's one thing to consider when studying the bible. If it's not in the book it's not in the book. Man made catholic doctrines aren't in the book. And therefore, you don't have to follow them unless you won't to.
And there's nothing biblically supportive of the fact that the bible is the ONLY inspired word of Yahuwah... (His real name in accordance to the Tetragrammedon in the ancient paleo hebrew texts) It said that those who add to is word are cursed. If you decide that something is a sin, without biblical support, that is adding to his word.
The doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" (Bible Alone) is not found in the Scripture. In fact the Bible tells us that we need much more than the Bible alone. The Bible confirms that we must also hold fast to ORAL TRADITION, the preached word of God (1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Peter 1:25) In 2 Peter 2:15-16 St. Peter warns us that Sacred Scripture can be hard to interpret, strongly implying the need for an authoritative interpreter. Finally, 1 Timothy 3:15 tells us the CHURCH is "the pillar and bulwark of the truth."
It's also important to remember it was YEARS and YEARS after Christ before the Bible was under one cover. So could the early Christians do? According to your statements, nothing. They had no bible, all they had was the tradition handed down from them.
When you say those who add to God's word are cursed are you referring to Revelation (Apocalypse) 22:18-19? However, St. John is referring only to the actual BOOK of Revelation. The word for "book" refers to "scroll" and you and I both know well the whole bible wasn't written on just one scroll!
I hope if you read this, you will realize the wonderful gift of the True Church. If you still don't agree with me that's okay. I will pray for your conversion, dearest friend. May the Lord watch over and protect you, and may the power of the Holy Spirit enlighten you
God Bless You.
As your stereotypical Catholic, I am not extremely well-versed in the particulars of the Bible, but the main idea, as DreamyNightSky said, is that the use of contraception undermines the true meaning and purpose of sex. Sex was created for the purpose of love, to unite man and woman as one and to give birth to future generations. It is a beautiful gift and should be treated as such. The problem with contraception is that is selfishly bastardizes God's gift of love, so to speak. It takes the beautiful and pure act of sex and turns it into a selfish act, in denying a child that could have been the right to life. The main idea is that if you are not ready to have children, you should not have sex. However, Catholics DO support Natural Family Planning, which does not use contraception but instead maps out the most fertile and least fertile times for each couple so that they know when they have a better chance of getting pregnant (or avoiding pregnancy).
Well, not everyone gets the same punishment. Moses wasn't allowed in the promised land because he disowbeyed God's direct order. Where as Jonah was eaten by a whale. Just becuase Onan's punishment is different does not mean it's not for the same crime. And the verses that promote childbirth are not an automatic condemnation of contraception. Just cause one thing is good, does not mean the other is bad.
Oh and as for witchcract, please cite that, I've never heard that before. However I have heard that sacraments, remedies, poisons, talismans, cosmetics, perfume and intoxicants could all be considered "pharmakon." The root word in Pharmakeia, which means "Sorcery". Now most people would consider pharmakeia stuff like doing recreational drugs, although that's not accurate because the root word would refer to all drugs and remedies, so even stuff like legal medication, and even home made natural stuff would be considered evil. This can't be because the bible offers many uses of medicine and healing. So in context, pharmakeia just means sorcery, nothing else...
So how is birth control considered pharmakeia?
Also, God doesn't do criptic garbage like this. If he wanted to say, "Do not waste semen" he'd say it. If he wanted to say, "Those who have sex without concieving offspring are sinning"
And asuuming God was talking about contraception/masturbation why just to Onan? How come God didn't ask any of his profits to ever put that in thier laws. When god condmened homosexuality he talked to everyone, same thing with murder. That's why there were the laws of leviticus, Deuteronomic Code, mosaic laws, because they applied to everyone and that's how we were supposed to behave. until the new testiment happened then God made us stop acting like savages. If God meant to condemn the supposant "Misuse of semen" he'd say it. It makes much more sense to say he was punishing Onan for the crime of not following the law of carrying his brothers child