by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn’t Wait – Eight Leaps of Illogic
Remember a few days ago when we posted a bit from Conservative Christians debunking the Quiverfull movement? Vaughn Ohlman has taken it upon himself to dispute every single point of that list, one by one.
But while he’s doing that his racism is clearly on display. In the wake of Ferguson and other tragedies born out of racism can we afford to be racist in a country built by many different races, including Arabs and African Americans? This seems particularly cruel, evil and ignorant on the eve of a holiday celebrating giving thanks for the blessings of our nation, a nation founded on immigration and the idea of a cultural melting pot of different races.
Yes, yes, I know his posting is about birth control. The Muslim bashing just jumps out at me and clobbers my brain more than his usual anti-birth control rants. ISIL is obviously a horrible thing, but painting all of Islam with the brush as ISIL is like other religions believing all Christians are just like Westboro Baptist.
2) The notion that anyone “prevents” God from naming the number of kids a family has is anti-biblical, anti-logical and anti-God at its core. Contraception no more “prevents” God from creating a baby who “could have cured AIDS” or “been the president of the United States,” etc. than a man shouting at the sun can keep it from shining. God ordains the creation of each human soul, and nobody prevents Him from accomplishing His plans. The sheath of a condom, or the dissolution of a pill, is no more an obstacle to God in the creation of a human being than the lack of matter was an obstacle to God in creating the universe.
Perfectly true and perfectly irrelevant. Let’s turn this statement exactly around. Is it not also true that someone who does NOT use a condom or a child murdering pill is also under the sovereignty of God. That, have sex as often as they will, it is only God who brings fruit?
So, if having sex without a condom, and having sex with a condom, both fall under the sovereignty of God; if the results of both depend utterly and completely upon God’s will and His will alone… why should we care what we do?
Well, let’s try a different concept. When the Muslim draws his knife across the throat of his hostage/victim it is God, and God alone, who decides whether the razor sharp knife will sever the carotid arteries, whether those arteries will bleed the victims blood out upon the ground and whether, his blood gone from his body, the victim will die. God, and God alone.
Yet we still call the Muslim a murderer. Why? Because God chooses to act through secondary causes, and holds us responsible for them.
So when Onan spilled his seed upon the ground at the conclusion of an act of intercourse which God had designed to produce a child for his brother, God was so angry at Onan that He struck him dead.
If it makes no difference either way, if only God determines whether a child is conceived or not, why use condoms/pills at all? First of all, it would be a waste of money (would it not?) to try to do something that ultimately makes no difference? And it adds stress and stife, etc. to try to determine if a couple should try or not or what the time of month is, etc. etc. when they could just live their lives and let what happens happen. It is wasted effort and needless stress and worry. Moreover, if we can all agree that it is God and God alone who causes a pregnancy, what does it say about the heart of a person to will against and to actively try to oppose (or usurp control) over something that we have agreed only God controls? Is it not wickedness and evidence of a sinful heart to try to “play God”?
Quiverfull people may use normal language and talk of pregnancies being ‘prevented’, but then so does everyone else in the known universe. God may use other language, when communicating with the angels, but here on Earth that is how we talk. But in his very definition you will notice that what he states QF people as condemning is the ‘use’ of contraceptives and the ‘desire’ to prevent the pregnancy. Not the successful prevention, but the heart motivations and acts which went into it.
QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, influential bloggers and cultural enforcers and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.