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Hi calphool. I’m Jon.

(for anyone not familiar with the website, the question to which calphool refers is here: [url:3rah5sac]http://www.aboutcatholics.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=155[/url:3rah5sac])

[quote:3rah5sac]God killed Onan. Genesis 38 makes a point that Onan spilled his seed on the ground and then says “what he did greatly offended the Lord”.[/quote:3rah5sac]

I tend to agree with Benedict here and in fact I think this has been the traditional Catholic interpretation of this event in Genesis.

I do understand what you are saying and I think it is a sound interpretation as well. The Bible does not give clear instructions regarding contraception, but the girl asked for a reference in the Bible so I gave her the traditional Catholic one.

When you started talking about the mentruation in the temple and other practices of the Israelites it reminded me of a conversation I was having with a priest at my church the other day. You state that we do not observe these practices anymore by reason, but the fruit of my conversation with Fr. Mike was that when Jesus said he came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill the Law, the Law was still in effect except for the ceremonial laws. So all the things about doing this the right way for worship and circumcision and all that are kind of thrown out the window, but the others remain. And those are fulfilled with love.

[quote:3rah5sac]It seems perfectly within the implicit and explicit instructions of God to say “God wants you to expand the kingdom. Make every reasonable effort to do so. Don’t use contraception continuously, as doing so shows contempt for His plan, but if you choose to use it to plan your life, God also understands this.”[/quote:3rah5sac]

Oddly enough, I just had this conversation with another person at church the other night. There are many things to look at when talk about the Church’s teaching on contraception. But before I get into that, let me ask you this: do you believe NFP to be contraception?

Your answer will help shape this conversation. <img loading=” title=”Smile” />

[quote:3rah5sac]Won’t it be wonderful when the Christ comes again and clears up all these messy details?[/quote:3rah5sac]

Yes. Often times I wish I had a phone to call God.