advanced loving and careful plan is confirmed by Rom 8:29-30 where Paul says:
he foreknew he also pre-destined to be conformed to the image of His
son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
The same notion of foreknowledge is revealed in Paul’s letter
to the Ephesians, 1:3-4:
be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in
Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us
in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without
blemish before him.”
requires advanced planning. God’s
plan for life began before the world was made.
beginning of the execution of God’s plan for life is revealed in the
Book of Genesis. When we read the book of Genesis, we recognize
the spiritual elements that are being taught by the message. Adam
represents man; Eve represents woman. He created man in his
likeness, Gen 1:27. Man has some amazing capabilities.
He has the ability to create, to have a sense of justice, to
intercede, to rescue, to show mercy, to forgive - these alone place him
far above the animals, perhaps even the angels. Man is,
surprisingly, quite Godly. Furthermore,
man has the ability to have a relationship with God. Man
has the ability to receive the Holy Spirit - God Himself. Finally,
man is destined for immortality. There is nothing more God-like
than to be immortal!
first commandment in the Bible is “be fertile and multiply”.
This is soon followed by the commandment "Fill the earth and subdue
it". Gen 1:28. These are extremely important elements of
God’s plan for life. They
take on fresh meaning in today’s world. The earth is not yet
subdued. There are lots of
there is much unused land. God’s plan for life and the commandments that go with it
are still valid.
importance of chastity, as part of God’s plan for life, is contained
in one of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not commit adultery” Ex
20. Leviticus 18 is
entirely devoted to various directives on the sanctity of procreative
powers. Men were ordered not to have sex with mothers, in-laws, a
neighbor’s wife or another male.
Men and women were ordered not to have carnal relations with
animals. All such
defilements are an abomination.
God has, in effect, decreed that all humans must be
Singles must be chaste. The
married must be chaste. Widows
must be chaste.
Only marriage with
one spouse provides the loving and secure environment that fosters
procreation and God’s plan for life. God’s loving procreative plan
is a mutual relationship with us wherein we follow his directive to be
chaste, fruitful and to multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.
Through marriage we procreate human beings that he has known or
foreseen before the foundation of the world.
Chastity and marriage work together to promote fertility.
plan gets even bigger. Humans,
through Jesus Christ, become children of God.
Filled with the Holy Spirit of God himself, they fulfill the
demands of chastity and generous procreativity.
They multiply with joy. Also,
humans possess a myriad of talents for achieving God’s plan for
subduing the earth. There
are workers, engineers, farmers, accountants, doctors, craftsman and
scientists and people of many talents and persuasions all conceived and
designed by God. Humans
take pride and rejoice in fulfilling God’s plan to subdue the earth
and in being one with Him.
early in salvation history some important lessons had to be taught.
Many are familiar with the lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah, Gen 19.
The cities were destroyed by God as an everlasting testament to
the evils they contained, particularly
which was a significant deviation from God’s plan for life.
Onan account (Gen 38), which is not too well known or
understood, another important lesson about procreation had to be taught. Onan was one of three sons of Judah. The first son did evil in the sight of God and was killed.
We are not given the reason.
Levirate law at the time, Onan was asked to
marry his bother’s widow, Tamar, in order to procreate offspring in
his brother’s name. Onan
married her but when he had intercourse, he went through the motions,
then spilled his seed on the ground.
In medical terminology, this is called “coitus interruptus”.
More commonly, it is called “withdrawal” and is a form of
contraception. Onan did this because he did not want to have children
under his dead brother’s name. God
killed him. It is clear
that God killed him because he defrauded the marriage of its procreative
purpose. Tamar later went
on to have illicit sex with Judah, her father-in-law. Tamar
bore twins. Despite their sins, neither she, Judah, nor the twins were
killed. Only Onan was
killed as an everlasting testament to the evil of defrauding the
marriage of its procreative purpose.
Onan was not killed because he did not want to marry Tamar.
The punishment for not marrying Tamar
(see Deut 25) was not
death. If he chose not to
marry Tamar, she could remove his sandal and spit in his face publicly,
thereby humiliating him. This
is much less than the death penalty.
Onan was killed because his action of contraception had far
reaching effects and consequences.
His action attacked God’s plan for life.
Children were supposed to be born who were not born.
We see from this account that contraception thwarts God’s
plan for life and that God repudiates contraception.
God essentially says 'The plan for life and creation is my
are a blessing; they are innocent and joyful.
Children enrich the parents, making them less selfish.
Children become adult inventors that solve the world’s
problems. Children become
adult apostles to proclaim the Word.
Large populations raise the standard of living by providing a
wide variety of goods and services.
Also, these services are provided at a lower cost per person.
For example, a small town with a population of 1000 people cannot
afford its own water sanitation plant.
At least 100,000 people are needed.
Large populations are necessary to support a telephone industry
or an automobile industry. The
United States is the third most populous nation on earth, after China
and India. Population and a
free market made it prosperous. Children
grow up and create prosperity!
is not for us to know. The
earth has 6 billion people. Based
on the percentage of land surface currently used for cities and farms
can hold 60 billion or more. The
point is, we are nowhere close to filling the earth and subduing it.
God’s plan for life is a loving plan and He can direct its
fulfillment for our maximum benefit and joy. Praise the Lord!!
Rebellion Against God's Plan For Life