Let's use a mathematical argument in regards to the use of contraception.

- Let's use a simple equation that argues for two married people becoming one flesh: a + b = c.
- Let's use a simple equation that argues for two married people not becoming one flesh by contracepting so that they stay one: a + b = a. (It could also be a + b = b, but the first will be used in these examples.)
- Finally, let's use some different properties of math to flesh this out.

**Using the Reflexive Property of Equality**

We find that a = a

and that b = b

and that c = c

**Using the Symmetrical Property of Equality**

We find that if a = me then me = a

and that if b = you then you = b

and that if c = me + you then me + you = c

**Using the Substitution Property**

We find that if a = me, then me can replace a in any equation

and that if b = you, then you can replace b in any equation

and that if c = me + you, then me + you can replace c in any equation

Using our new values the original equations come out to the following:

(a + b = c) is me + you = me + you

(a + b = a) is me + you = me

As you can see the first equation mathematically makes sense no matter what the values of a/me or b/you are. The second equation is a little trickier. Let’s try some more math to see if we can have it work out.

In order for the second equation to be true, we must use another property.

**Using the Additive Identity Property**

We find that a + 0 = a

Applying this property to the original equation (a + b = a) we find that b = 0.

**Using the Transitive Property of Equality**

We find that if you = b and b = 0, then you = 0

So we find that in order for contraception to be added into the mix and for the original equation to be mathematically true, either a or b must become zero. Either me or you must become nothing. The only way that I can have sex with you and use contraception (i.e. not join myself to you) is for you to be nothing to me.

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