Re: Does God excist?
Date: June 11, 2009 07:52AM
Jenny, please explain the contradiction to my "little mind".
Now, while I admit my analogy is not ideal, it is by no means idiotic. I will try to explain to you. The state thinks the use of drugs is wrong, but they decide that if they are going to do it anyway, it is best for them to do it as safely as possible and so encourage the use of clean needles. The pope thinks ex-marital sex is wrong, but he decides that if they are going to do it anyway, it is best for them to do it safely and so encourages the use of condoms. As I said, it's not great, but I doubt it's the most ridiculous analogy you've ever heard.
This isn't a contradiction. When I was in secondary school I had a "PSHE day" where we had one session with a woman who told us why we shouldn't do drugs. The following session was with a man who had tried every drug he knew existed, who told us how to do drugs as safely as possible should we choose to do drugs. I personally think this is a good approach, I guess that you will disagree and think that they were contradicting themselves.
Just to clarify Jenny, contraception is not used solely outside of marriage, which is even more reason why he is not contradicting teachings on abstinence. Why can't people abstain before marriage, then after marriage use contraception to control the timing and frequency of children? But this is somewhat missing the point, as the reason they think condoms are bad is nothing to do with abstinence, but because they think condoms themselves are bad as they prevent procreation. This is the view I would like to be changed; I have absolutely nothing against abstinence whatsoever.