Can You Be a Christian and Believe that Abstinence Works 100% of the Time?

Mark Rose has me thinking on that, still, and I believe that the answer is no.

You cannot be both a believer that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and believe that Abstinence works 100% of the time.

Ha, we’ll get back to talking seriously about why abstinence is not 100% effective, but for now, I have to go snicker for a while.

18 thoughts on “Can You Be a Christian and Believe that Abstinence Works 100% of the Time?

  1. In other words, Mack, if one believes that Jesus was conceived without carnal knowledge on the part of Mary, then abstinence was not 100% effective in that instance.

  2. I’ll eagerly await Mark Rose’s clarification, that abstinence is essentially 100% effective.

    But, damn, when it’s not… You get Jesus, LaoTzu, Deganawidah, Montezuma, Huitzilopochtli, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, Sathya Sai Baba, Cúchulainn, and Dionysus.

  3. And Owen Meany.

    ::softens considerably, eyes get teary::

    I love Owen Meany.

    I refuse to accept the first/last three Starwars movies as canonical.

    Even though they’re so well-written and well-acted?

  4. You cannot be both a believer that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and believe that Abstinence works 100% of the time.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but not all Christians believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. However, those Christians probably do not believe abstinence is an effective means of birth control.

    Just sayin’ ….

  5. “But, damn, when it’s not… You get Jesus, LaoTzu, Deganawidah, Montezuma, Huitzilopochtli, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, Sathya Sai Baba, Cúchulainn, and Dionysus.”

    That is as good as a reason as any to maintain abstinence then. Because, who knows, the longer you wait the more time you have to maybe give birth to a great person.

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