As you may or may not know, today, Dec. 1 is the international AIDS awareness day celebrated in many, many countries. For the most part, organizations that participate in this day of awareness usually come from the secular humanistic point of view that the best way to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS is using a condom. The argument usually unfolds like this, “teens and young adults are going to have sex anyway so why not teach them how to be better protected (not 100% protected) by using a condom. Besides, abstinence is so “old fashioned”, and we live in the modern age.” If you have heard or used this argument then I would like to flip the coin on you and take a look at the other side.
- Abstinence and fidelity in marriage are the only 2 things that will protect you 100% of the time from getting HIV/AIDS through its most common form of transmission, the sexual route. You are probably ready to jump through the computer at me if you have had a secular humanistic education, claiming that through blood transfusion or IV drug use you are at risk so you are not 100% protected. Read the statement once again, the most common form of transmission is through sexual relations.
- It is a bad idea to pass out condoms to young people. The idea of passing out condoms to young people (men) dates back to WWII. After WWI many of the young men came back from Europe with STD’s. In order to “prevent” this from happening during WWII, instead of promoting morality, the young men were given condoms. There is not much evidence either way, whether it helped or not, but the idea stuck and it is used today. Even among high-school students in some areas condoms are distributed. Young people are taught half truths (which are lies, dressed up) about condoms and their protective abilities, especially against STD’s and encouraged to practice promiscuity believing that they are having “safe” sex. The terminology has changed in recent years and now the phrase “safer sex” is used. If we take a look at the stats on STD’s and condom use then we will learn that morality, abstinence until marriage and fidelity in marriage, is the most effective way to fight HIV/AIDS.
- It is bad enough that young people are pushed towards immorality, seemingly from every angle possible. For instance the mass-media seems hell bent on converting all teens to an immoral lifestyle. Just look at the magazines produced, movies, music videos, etc. What is worse is now young people are encouraged to practice immorality from their places of education. The Bible tells us what is in the heart of children and teens, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15) We see clearly that children and teens do not have to learn foolishness because it is already in their hearts. It will manifest itself. Kids and teens need to be taught morality through discipline (not just spanking, discipline is a process). So when you place a condom in the hand of a teen you are encouraging that foolishness to come out.
- Condoms do not protect against many forms of STD’s. There are some people who are so evil minded that even though they know the truth about condoms and STD’s, they continue to deceive with the lie that condoms protect you up to 98% of the time when used properly. The key here is to ask 98% against what? It is a fact that condoms protect 98% of the time against unwanted pregnancies (still not 100% like morality). The problem is that this 98% somehow gets promoted as the amount of protection against STD’s which is a flat out lie. It is difficult to find good info on condoms and their protective powers but if you can find it then you will learn the following. One study says that condoms protect against STD’s anywhere from 18% to almost 100% (that is a wide margin of non-protection if you ask me). Another set of stats claims anywhere from 92% to almost 100% of the time, against STD’s but it is not very specific on which STD’s. It seems to me that the “protection” and “safer” sex labels that go along with condoms are not so safe. There is a saying that goes something like this, “if you play with fire long enough, then you will eventually get burned.” God warns us about sex outside of marriage and the consequences that go along with it, “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4). Be sure of the fact that God is not mocked, whatever a man sows, he will also reap. It does not say when or how the judgment takes place in this verse but it will surely happen. I really believe that STD’s are a form of God’s judgment. People try very hard to hold off God’s judgment through many methods (condoms being one of them) but it does not work.
- Condoms do not protect from HIV/AIDS like they are promoted to do. Many boast and brag that condoms protect against HIV/SIDA at a very high rate. This seems to be correct until you actually begin to study the stats as they are (without all of the spin). It is hard to find studies that test the effectiveness of condoms against HIV/AIDS. Some people will tell you that condoms protect you up to 98% against HIV/AIDS. That is a complete lie. The worst case scenario is 30% while the best case is close to 100%. I do not know about you but the risk seems to be greater than what the experts are presenting. Another set of stats that I found on condom distribution and HIV/AIDS comes from Africa where over the past 20 years condoms have been given out regularly to the Africans and in the areas where distribution was the most dense the number of HIV/AIDS cases has increased instead of decreasing. Please do not be deceived into thinking that you will be protected from God’s judgment if you do not do what He says.
- God’s plan, morality, protects us 100% of the time from STD’s. Many times in this world around us, people can easily spot the problems but few can actually give a solution to stop the problem. It is a good thing that God is not like man, He sees the problem, points it out to us, and then gives us the solution. It seems that everyone is afraid of STD’s and they should be because they have terrible consequences. God wants to protect us from STD’s so He gives us the solution, marriage. He gives us a chance to enjoy sex within the limits of marriage so that we will always be protected from STD’s. “But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” (I Corinthians 7:2-5) God has taken all the necessary steps to protect us if we will just listen to Him and follow His plan. If not, then there are consequences that must be faced. One final piece of advice from the Lord, “Now then, my sons, listen to me. And do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;” (Proverbs 5:7-9). God’s Word will protect you from “her” (immorality) and all the dangers that go along with her. Just listen to Him and do not be fooled by the trickery of men who tell you that condoms will protect you from STD’s if you practice immorality. God help us stop STD’s dead in their tracks through promoting morality.