Have you been playing God with your sexual activity? If you use contraception, you have been. For, contraception use lets couples play God.
God is the author of life (Acts 3:15, cf. Genesis 1:1, Nehemiah 9:6, Ephesians 3:9, Revelation 4:11, etc.). He is the origin of all existence, including your own.
Only God has the authority to create new life. No one exists unless He wills it.
Yet, some people still choose to manipulate the sexual act that has the potential to bring new human life into existence.
One blatant example of such manipulation is obvious: contraceptive sex.
Contraceptive sex perverts the sexual act. It attempts to preserve the unitive dimension of sex, while dismissing the procreative.
In other words, those who use contraception attempt to play God.
“When, therefore, through contraception, married couples remove from the exercise of their conjugal sexuality its potential procreative capacity, they claim a power which belongs solely to God: the power to decide in a final analysis the coming into existence of a human person.”
POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II SAYS PEOPLE HAVE ASSUMED THE ROLE OF DECIDING WHO GETS TO LIVE
Modern man sure is prideful, is he not?
He is not even the origin of his own life, let alone the universe in which he lives. Yet, modern man still tries to decide for himself who gets to live and who must die.
Pope Saint John Paul II described the hubris of man in this regard back in 1983. He spoke out against modern man attempting to play God in their sexual exploits.
Although the pope speaks here specifically on contraception, his point can be taken against IVF and other perversions of the conjugal act.
“At the origin of every human person there is a creative act of God. No man comes into existence by chance; he is always the object of God’s creative love.
“From this fundamental truth of faith and reason it follows that the procreative capacity, inscribed in human sexuality is—in its deepest truth—a cooperation with God’s creative power.
“And it also follows that man and woman are not arbiters, are not the masters of this same capacity, called as they are, in it and through it, to be participants in God’s creative decision.
“When, therefore, through contraception, married couples remove from the exercise of their conjugal sexuality its potential procreative capacity, they claim a power which belongs solely to God: the power to decide in a final analysis the coming into existence of a human person.
“They assume the qualification of not being cooperators in God’s creative power, but the ultimate depositaries of the source of human life.
“In this perspective, contraception is to be judged objectively so profoundly unlawful, as never to be, for any reason, justified.
“To think or to say the contrary is equal to maintaining that in human life, situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God” (L’Osservatore Romano, Oct. 10, 1983, emphasis added).
Let that last line really soak in.
Do you see the late pope’s point? Are you in agreement?
Or do you think Pope John Paul II is identifying a problem that does not really exist?
Please share any thoughts you have below!