The promotion of contraception for the purposes of population control is usually associated with the promotion of many humanist ideas. These include the following:
- Smaller families are happier, healthier and more practical.
- Have smaller families so each member will be able to have a higher standard of living.
- There is a duty to control fertility to ensure that children are provided for well, and the environment will not be harmed.
I believe that the Bible presents a different vision on each of the points above. . .
- Many children are a blessing and a source of happiness (Ps 127 & 128, Duet. 28, and other passages)
- Each family should be content with what they have, as long as it is sufficient to provide food, clothing and shelter (1 Timothy 6:7 – 8).
- God is in control of fertility, as he opens and closes the womb (Genesis 20:18, 30:22, 1 Samuel 1:5). God also promises daily bread for all his people. When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt they multiplied rapidly, although they were bearing children for a life of hardship and slavery (Exodus 1). This was a blessing to them, and the Bible never indicates that they were unwise for having children in these circumstances.
- We have a duty to care for the environment. However, the very part of the Bible that encourages us to care for the world (Genesis 1 & 2) also encourages us to have children (Genesis 1:28). It is ironic that some Christians use the Creation Mandate as a reason to control fertility, when it relates physical fruitfulness to godly rulership of the earth.