It’s like asking, "Should you eat that cake?"
Well, how does biblical wisdom respond? Do we really need to consider that question? Actually, there is no explicit teaching in Scripture about eating cake; so many other questions must be answered to make a wise decision. The answer could generally be yes, or no, depending on the circumstances:
- Does the question come from a child who must follow his parents' instructions, or from an autonomous adult?
- Is it close to meal time, and therefore your appetite would be affected?
- Can you use discipline and just eat a little without indulging in a gluttonous way?
- Does the cake contain any ingredients to which you may be allergic?
- Can you give glory to God by appreciating the flavor and (somewhat small) nutritional value?
These questions and more may quickly be answered without even asking aloud, but they are necessary factors affecting a wise conclusion.
I use that simple illustration to introduce a much weightier question, "Is birth control biblical? Is it either prohibited or prescribed in Scripture?" Again, we have no clear statement in either direction to make a blanket conclusion. However, Scripture does give us principles which will lead a couple down the path of wisdom for their family.