Condoms and Contraceptives


Nothing is mentioned in the Scriptures about birth control methods. However, it does address fornication and adultery, which are the main reasons people need a means to prevent pregnancy.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Yahweh’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3

“Kill, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

“Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for Yahweh will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

Adultery and sexual immorality are clearly different things. Adultery refers to extramarital sex, while sexual immorality refers to fornication or sex before marriage.

Condoms, the diaphragm, implants, IUDs (intrauterine devices), contraceptive pills and injections, and morning after pills are the most common forms of birth control.

Some women opt for a hysterectomy, as a way of ensuring they never conceive; while men may choose to have a vasectomy:

Definition of hysterectomy: a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus.

Definition of vasectomy: a surgical procedure for male sterilisation or permanent contraception. During the procedure, the male vas deferens are severed and then tied or sealed in a manner so as to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra and thereby prevent fertilisation.

These procedures are mutilations of one’s body.


The only person one should have sexual intercourse with is the one to whom they are married. Self-control and self-respect are essential to the purity of the body and the soul.

A woman was required to be a virgin on her wedding night:

“If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, ‘I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,’ then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin. Her father will say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.’ Then her parents shall display the cloth* before the elders of the town, and the elders shall take the man and punish him. They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.” Deuteronomy 22:13-21

* On their wedding night, a newly married couple made love on a pure white sheet. When the woman’s hymen was broken, she bled on this sheet which was then taken to her parents as proof of her virginity.

A married couple should not abstain from making love to prevent pregnancy:

“The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 3-5

Since a woman gets pregnant when she is ovulating, this is the only time they should avoid having sex.

Onan, Judah’s son, practised the ‘withdrawal method’ while making love to his brother Er’s widow, and God killed him because of this:

“Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in Yahweh’s Eyes; so Yahweh killed him also.” Genesis 38:8-10

Before that, Yahweh had killed Er for refusing to make love to his wife Tamar. Both men were following their mother Shuah’s instructions. Shuah was a Canaanite and she rejected Tamar as a daughter-in-law because she was a Hebrew. Judah had chosen Tamar as a wife for Er (Genesis 38:6)

The Scriptures also forbid sex with a woman who is menstruating:

“When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.” Leviticus 15:19

“If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean. When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.” Leviticus 15:24-25

“When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean.” Leviticus 15:28


(see Is abortion murder?, The Ten Commandments, The 12 Deadly Sins, The Great Deception and Hebrew Feasts)



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