Monsters from the Id: How Couples That Contracept Reject God's Greatest Gift
by Terence J. Hughes
The best science fiction movies are variations of themes in salvation history, as recorded
in the Bible. In , a 1956 MGM movie, a spaceship from Earth arrives
on a planet to evacuate a scientist and his daughter. The scientist, played by Walter
Pidgeon, had been studying the lost civilization of the Krell, a race of superior beings
that had suddenly become extinct. Or so it seemed.
Walter Pidgeon had discovered how to use their 19-booster machine. This gave him the
ability to decipher and understand the language and technology of the Krell. The Krell
had constructed shafts deep into the interior of their planet that tapped its energy and
therefore gave them almost limitless power. Their last act was to use this power to free
their minds from their bodies, so they could explore the universe by mind-travel alone,
not bound by the limitations of time and space. The record of their achievements
stopped on the verge of launching this enterprise.
Shortly after the spaceship's captain and doctor (forerunners of Captain Kirk and
Doctor McCoy of ) took a romantic interest in Walter Pidgeon's daughter,
they and the crew came under repeated attacks by an invisible destructive force that
could only be held at bay by diverting the entire energy supply of the spaceship to
maintain an energy shield around it. The spaceship's power was rapidly depleted
during these attacks, and it quickly became clear that the next attack could not be
In desperation, the captain and doctor hooked up to the IQ machine to see if that would
enable them to understand and neutralize the attacking force. The doctor gave himself
the highest boost, one that left him dying, but which also gave him the answer. The
Krell had never left the planet. When they began their experiment to free their minds,
what they freed instead were "Monsters from the Id" that were buried in their
subconscious. The Krell savagely attacked each other, instantly becoming extinct. They
never knew what hit them.
Walter Pidgeon realized at once that his Id, drawing energy from the whole power
supply of the planet while he slept, had been attacking the men in the spaceship
because subconsciously he was jealous of the attention they paid to his daughter. Only
now his Id was attacking them even when he was awake. In his last conscious moment,
he activates a timing device that uses the energy supply to destroy the forbidden planet
soon after the spaceship left with his daughter.
Our Monsters from the Id are known to us from the revealed Word of God. They are
pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth- the Seven Deadly Sins. We try to
bury them in our subconscious, and our rational minds often deny that they lurk within
us. We, like the Krell, have outgrown them. So we say.
The necessity of chastity
It has been said that, among men, our only sin of the spirit is pride. All others are sins
of the flesh. If that is the case, one virtue is supreme in its ability to hold these in check.
That virtue is chastity.
Even pride was humbled by chastity. After Satan tempted Adam and Eve to repeat his
sin of pride in the Garden of Eden, they discovered that they were naked and covered
themselves. Chastity, with an assist from modesty, had begun their redemption.
Chastity protects us from abusing the greatest gift God has given to us, the ability to
cooperate with Him in creating new life. It is a gift He denied even to His angels. That
is why Satan rebelled against God and wants to destroy us; we are to be fruitful and
multiply and fill the earth. But the power to create is also the power to destroy: "I have
set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose you therefore life, that
you and your seed might live" (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Chastity stands between life and death, Heaven and Hell. Our power to create is driven
by the sexual urge. It is awesome, and it can only be controlled by chastity. The only
way to use our power to create, without unleashing the power to destroy, is to yield to
the sexual urge only in marriage, only out of love and respect for our spouse, and only
in obedience to God, the Author of all life.
This is why the Church, the Body of Christ, teaches Natural Family Planning. It
compels the husband to respect the natural biological rhythms of his wife so that he
will subordinate his sexual needs to her ability to bring forth new life.
Therefore, he must love his wife so much that he will deny himself. Then it becomes
possible for her to submit to him freely. As Christ loves the Church and sacrifices for
her, and the Church submits to Christ out of love, so it should be between husband and
wife (Ephesians, 5:24-25).
In this way, husband and wife become truly one in the act of love, and they open the
possibility that the fruit of their love will be a third person, a child. Love then becomes
one in a marriage just as Love is One in the Blessed Trinity. The Father loves His Son,
the Son obeys His Father out of love, and the fruit of that Divine Love is the Holy
Spirit, Who binds them together in one God.
God's gift of love to husband and wife
This is chastity at work within marriage. It is the submission of both the husband and
wife to their Heavenly Father, out of love for Him, allowing Him to remain the Author
of Life and trusting Him to care for them and their children. At the same time, they
remain faithful stewards by using their bodies, not abusing them, in obedience to the
natural laws He established. This is Natural Family Planning. It is God's gift of love to a
husband and wife.
There are only two alternatives to Natural Family Planning. One is lifelong celibacy,
expressed heroically in a religious vocation and in the sacred vocation to remain single.
These vocations honor the celibacy of Jesus Christ, and they seek holiness by imitating
His chastity. These vocations are paths to salvation.
The other alternative is artificial contraception. It is the path leading to destruction.
Using artificial contraceptives is a willful decision to not submit to God the Father in
His act of creating new life. It uses our technology to deny His power over His own
creation, and to usurp that power to ourselves, to be used only for our own selfish
purposes. It is, therefore, the sin of Satan, the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, and a
violation of the First Commandment:
I AM, the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:2-3).
With artificial contraception, we take the Holy Name of God, I AM, unto ourselves,
saying to Him, "I AM the Lord my God. You are the strange god, and I know you not! I
have eaten the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and I have
become God, just as the serpent promised (Genesis 3:4-5)." But in denying Him, we
have re-entered the house of bondage. God cannot dwell in that house. A Trinity of
Love only gives, never takes.
Thus, in artificial contraception, the spiritual sin of pride become one with the sins of
the flesh. Chastity is jettisoned along with obedience to God. Without chastity, there is
no distinction between love and lust, between husband and wife, or between anyone
and anything. Adultery, fornication, sodomy, masturbation, incest, bestiality and
necrophilia all become one. All exchange the birthright of cooperating with God in His
creation for the pottage of a cheap thrill, a quick orgasm.
It is no accident that the Original Sin of Adam and Eve was quickly followed by the sin
of murder, when Cain killed Abel. It is no accident that only eight years after the U.S.
Supreme Court legalized artificial contraception, it legalized abortion. It is no accident
that divorce rates soared, that families stopped even forming, and that homosexuals
began flaunting their perversions. It is no accident that children enter puberty as lost
souls wandering our streets, falling into crime, violence and prostitution as loveless
substitutes for the parents and families they never had.
In breaking the First Commandment, we have violated them all. We take the Name of
the Lord in vain out of anger, we violate His Sabbath out of greed, we dishonor our
parents as we dishonor Him, we kill our children out of pride, we commit adultery out
of lust, we steal His power to create, we glut ourselves with the world's pleasures, we
covet our neighbor's wife out of envy, and we covet everything while not laboring to
earn anything, preferring crime or welfare.
It is the Monsters from the Id unleashed in our midst, destroying us; destroying us
utterly. As we are swept away we ask what hit us; as we topple over the abyss and
plunge through the gates of Hell, disappearing into oblivion, we cry out, "This isn't
what I wanted! This isn't what I wanted at all!"
Terence J. Hughes, Ph.D., is a professor of geological sciences and quaternary studies at
the University of Maine.
Taken from the February 1996 issue of "HLI Reports."
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