| “But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.”|
--The Book of Mormon, Jacob 2:23
| We don’t have to read the Book of Mormon to find examples of “Christians” who “excuse themselves” in committing whoredoms, or “fornication” as we noted earlier, by citing Solomon. Whether you believe in Joseph Smith’s prophecies and revelations or not, this verse rings true with both human nature and the Bible.|
| Solomon’s well known carnal excesses sometimes give rise to “proverbs” that he didn’t even utter. I’ve heard one elderly Christian, who was born in the early twentieth century, swear that “somewhere in the Bible” it says, “it is better to spill your seed in the belly of a whore, than to spill it on the ground.” I don’t know if that quote was ever printed anywhere, but it is certainly not biblical, nor is it one of Solomon’s proverbs. It may be a 19th century mis-interpretation of the story of Onan in Genesis that was commonly cited in the 19th and early 20th century:|
“And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up see to thy brother.
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
And the thing he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.”
--The Bible, Genesis 38:8-10
| The unbiblical and anti-Christian “proverb” the elderly Christian cited without a doubt gave license to many married men of his time to have adulterous affairs with “whores,” which Christ explicitly condemned, rather than “spill their seed on the ground” with either masturbation or “wet dreams,” neither of which has ever been mentioned in the Bible.|
| The biblical story of Onan was likely a case of “coitus interruptus,” where Onan outwardly fulfilled his duty, and “went unto” his brother’s wife and had intercourse, but then withdrew and “spilled his seed” to deliberately fail to get her pregnant. He was worried that his own children’s inheritance would be shared with “his brother’s” child. His sin was to prevent that from happening, and in a despicable way, by actually “going into” the woman, after marrying her most likely, to fulfill the letter of the law, but then “spilling his seed” in front of her to nullify his duty. Regardless of what exactly took place physically with Onan, neither masturbation nor wet dreams was the subject of that reference. It was not an endorsement of married men spilling their seeds into the bellies of whores as a way to avoid the “sin of wet dreams,” and neither was it a teaching against using condoms or the withdrawal method of birth control, as yet other groups have rather ignorantly concluded. It was a case of a man “getting off” and “fulfilling the letter of the law” in a way that actually nullified it.|
| Today many of our paddling “Christians” are “getting their jollies” by seeming to fulfill the letter of some bizarre interpretation of “the law” that, like the biblical Onan, actually violates the true teachings. And like the Nephites in the Book of Mormon, they cite Solomon to back their “fornications” against adolescent girls in our nation’s public and “Christian” schools today.|