Alright - While there has been passion and vigor on many posts in the past, it has raised a question or two with me.
As this is a sensitive topic, it will be a limit-one comment post - and that comment is to be a direct reply to the question here. There will be no flaming and the like. Just a simple answer will suffice. Comments violating this will be deleted.
Here it goes.
1. If "Be fruitful and multiply" is a hard standing command that applies to all today - how can chastity and virginity (in the "remain unmarried sense") be approved by God?
2. I'm guessing the answer will be that it is only to the married. Then, the question becomes this. I know many who are upset with my take on contraception also hold to the perpetual virginity of Mary. This seems to put Mary in a bind, for then she was refusing to engage in what was God's command for the wedded. How is this reconciled?
I seriously want to know how these ideas are reconciled (i.e. - that marriage is for the production of children and that Mary was married yet, according to pious tradition, remained a virgin, thus contradicting the command to be fruitful and multiply) - and again - one comment, to this question. No one will jump you here for what you say.
(As commented below)
I would not that I am not making a trap, or a set up - I'm not going to jump up and down and say, "A ha, then you must support contraception". I myself am not going to respond to any answers that someone gives.
Rather this - I see two things can can be viewed as contradictory.
1 - The command to be fruitful and multiply with the praise of chastity. How do these two reconcile.
2 - The command for those who are to be married to be fruitful and multiply with the idea that some hold that Mary is Semper Virgo, thus not attempting to multiply even in the bonds of marriage.
I'm not going to do a "neener, neener, neener" - I am just wondering how those ideas are reconciled.
If you would like to share your ways of reconciling them, please do so.