Last week I wrote about how the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, had signed a bill into law that legalized doctor-assisted suicide. When I found out about the new law, I thought about the deep-rooted thistles I had to dig up from the pasture next to my parents’ home when I was a teenager.
There was nothing good about those thistles. They multiplied quickly and within a few years had taken over the pasture. No person or animal could touch them because the stems and leaves were covered with sharp, thorn-like points that would inflict pain when the skin was pricked. To eradicate each thistle, we had to dig up the entire root, which was 12 to 18 inches deep.
The assisted-suicide laws that are beginning to pop up in various states are going to soon overtake the country just like the thistles overtook our pasture. The new laws feed off the same deep-seated root that fed the same-sex marriage laws that quickly overtook our nation and are now stinging and pricking those who dare to oppose them.
The same root that has fed the same-sex marriage and assisted-suicide movements has fed all modern-day evil movements, including the sexual revolution that ushered in widespread premarital sex, divorce, adultery, and abortion. All of these evils are treacherous thistles that now plague our society. Every year, these thistles spread and spawn new permutations of evil, some of which include:
• Surrogate Mothers — Women who act as incubators for a human ovum (“egg”) that has been fertilized by male sperm in a “dish” before being implanted into the womb of the “mother.” Prior to implantation, several eggs are fertilized and the most promising and robust fertilized egg is selected while all the others are discarded. Each fertilized egg that is discarded constitutes the termination of a human life. The sperm that is used to fertilize the eggs can be purchased from or donated by any man chosen by the parties who are involved.
• Gestation Chambers — With our advances in technology, we will soon have the ability to build chambers where a fertilized egg can be “implanted” into the chamber and hooked up to an artificial placenta that allows the new life to develop into a baby. There will be no need for a mother’s womb. As an added “benefit,” we will be able to observe the development of the child through the windows of the chamber. Of course, the developing child won’t have the advantage of hearing the mother’s heartbeat, sharing in the mother’s emotions, or sensing the love of the mother, so maybe the gods of technology can create a computer system that will replicate a “real” mother.
• Cloned Humans — There are some very wealthy and influential people who would like to take the more perfect beings among us and clone them (starting with themselves). Instead of using a fertilized egg, their plan is to produce a genetically identical human being from the nucleus of a cell taken from the superior being. You can only guess how all that’s going to turn out.
We already have surrogate mothers. It’s only a matter of time before we will have the technology available to clone humans and build gestation chambers. When that happens, will there be a governor who signs a new bill into law that allows for these atrocities? Will our Supreme Court rule that we have a “right” to use our newfound knowledge to create new humans?
There is one particular sin that once it was allowed to spread quickly, set off a chain of events that ushered in premarital sex, divorce, adultery, same-sex marriage, acceptance of homosexuality as normal behavior, millions of out-of-wedlock births, the breakdown of the family, assisted suicide, abortion, and surrogate mothers. The same sin will also usher in gestation chambers and the cloning of humans. Do you know what sin I’m talking about?
In the introduction to her book, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary Eberstadt wrote, “No single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for the relations between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception.”
Reread that quote and give it some thought. Have you ever thought about what the second most devastating sin (after the sin of Adam and Eve) was (and is) as it relates to relations between the sexes? That sin is contraception.
There are historical references to contraceptive devices, one of which dates as far back as 3000 B.C., and relates to condoms that were made from animal intestines. Around the year 1500, condoms that were made from linen cloth sheaths and soaked in chemical spermicide-type solution were available. In the early 1800s, the technology was developed to make condoms from vulcanized rubber, but like all previous contraceptive devices, the rubber condoms had to be made by hand and were not produced in large quantities. They were usually only available to people who were financially well off.
Modern contraception began with the assembly-line production of the latex condom in 1930, and accelerated with the approval and distribution of the first oral contraceptive (“the pill”) in 1960. That was the year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the pill as a contraceptive medication. After the pill, newer forms of contraception were developed, such as the IUD, diaphragm, progestin implant, contraceptive patch, sterilization, and the morning-after pill.
All of these contraceptive methods and devices had the same effect — the breaking of the critical link between sex and procreation. When God created man and woman, He gave them a special gift that allowed them to “connect” in an intimate and spiritual way — a connection that we now understand includes the participation of the Holy Spirit. This special connection occurs only when the gift of sex is open to new life and is utilized within the framework of marriage.
According to the Book of Genesis, the first command that was given by God to Adam and Eve was, “Be fruitful and multiply.” In order to comply with God’s wishes, Adam and Eve were given the gift of sex. With this gift, they were given the knowledge that the primary purpose of sex was for procreation. Yes, there was a built-in desire for sex and the act itself was very pleasurable, but they knew that they were not allowed to ever separate the procreative aspect of sex from the act itself.
It wasn’t until 1930 when the latex condom was mass-produced and subsequently made available to millions of people that the sin of contraception quickly spread throughout our population. It was as though a terminal disease had been unleashed on our nation. Healthy relationships were infected with a deadly moral disease without couples knowing they had been infected.
Over time, the disease spread and the end result was all the evils that I outlined above — fornication, divorce, adultery, same-sex marriage, acceptance of homosexuality as normal behavior, millions of out-of-wedlock births, the breakdown of the family, assisted suicide, abortion, and surrogate mothers. The same sin will also eventually usher in gestation chambers and the cloning of humans.
Look at the list of evils. All this happened within a period of 85 years. The root of the sin of contraception runs very deep. More on this topic next week.