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Corinth was a very wicked city. This is both specifically stated and implied in the Corinthian letters:
Christian Acceptance of Homosexuality
One of the arguments currently appearing in the media to encourage Christian acceptance of homosexual relationships is this:
Why Did God Kill a Man for Spilling His Seed on the Ground?
“And Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so it came about that when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground, in order not to give offspring to his brother.” (Genesis 38:9)
Sex and Holiness
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well... (Proverbs 5:19)
What is the Jewish Definition of “Love”?
In Jewish thought, being a “giver” is one of the highest ideals to which we aspire. Love is expressed by the desire to give to another person. One who focuses only on the desire to take pleasure from another is not expressing love. Just the opposite.
Why Should A Person Get Married?
I’ll first explain some ideas behind the Jewish notion of marriage and why it is essential, and then refute some common arguments against getting married.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
The Wedding Day
The night before my wedding I was having trouble sleeping. Like a child anticipating the first day of school, I was consumed with the excitement of the adventure that awaited me. It was either that or the fact that I went to the bathroom during the night about 18 times.
Two Equals One
“But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:4)
Does Porneia Mean Premarital Sex in 1 Corinthians 5-7?
Question: I’m interested in this question because some liberal theologians insist that the Bible does not say anything about premarital sex. To get a reasonable scope for the question, I limit this to just the 5 instances in 1 Corinthians, out of in total 26 instances of πορνεία in the New Testament.
Why Get Married
Why do you want to get married? Take a moment and write down your reasons. How you answer this question reveals a lot about your emotional and mental readiness for marriage. Compare your answers to what I think are the four best reasons for getting married.
Why I Don’t Touch Girls
I ... thought it would be worthwhile to share my experiences on the topic from the perspective of a 19-year-old guy.
Why I Don’t Touch Girls
I ... thought it would be worthwhile to share my experiences on the topic from the perspective of a 19-year-old guy.
Why I Don’t Touch Men
My love language has always been touch. Always.
Should You Live Together Before Getting Married?
Shacking up. Living in sin. Fifty years ago, cohabitating with one’s significant other before marriage was described in pejorative terms and often thought of as immoral.
Marriage and the Christian Life
I am aware that the subject upon which I have been asked to write is by no means an easy one.
Homosexuality in the Bible
The topic of homosexuality is one of the major controversies in the Christian church today. Many books have been written from both the affirming and non-affirming views.¹ Christians are wrestling with how exactly LGBTQ people fit into the church. There is a long tradition of exclusion and ostracization by the church as a whole. It has really been in the last 50 years that the church in the West has had to take another look at what the Bible has to say concerning homosexuality. There are Bible-believing evangelicals who have come to the conclusions that the Bible really doesn’t address the same situation that is currently going on in the USA concerning things such as gay rights/marriage. There are gay and straight Christians and scholars on both the affirming and non-affirming side. Many of these scholars take the Bible very seriously and try to read it in its original context (though they often come to differing conclusions). Most Christians believe that the Bible condemns many kinds of sexual sin, both homosexual and heterosexual. The real question being asked is “whether two men or two women can date, fall in love, remain sexually pure before their wedding day, and commit to a life-long, consensual, Christ-centered, self-giving, monogamous union… Does the Bible really address— and prohibit—these types of relations?”² The goal of this paper is to examine the major areas of discussion when looking at homosexuality in the Bible, provide a brief survey of the different approaches used by both affirming and non-affirming scholars, and to make a choice on which arguments seem best.
The Story of Sex
An inventive introduction to the topic of sex.
The Bible and Homosexuality
There are many different opinions on this divisive topic in the Church today. So what does the Bible say?This is an introductory video aimed at those who are interested in what the Bible says about homosexuality.
Read Scripture: Song of Songs
Watch the book of Song of Songs come to life in this animated sketch of its literary design. The Song of Songs is a collection of ancient Israelite love poems that celebrates the beauty and power of God’s gift of love and sexual desire.
Biblical Boundaries for Same-Sex Attraction
Is it a sin to be gay? What does the bible say about same-sex attraction? In this episode you’ll become familiar with the relevant scriptures that talk about homosexuality. You’ll also learn what arsenokoitai (ἀρσενοκοῖται) means in 1 Corinthians 6:9, a key battleground text for discussions of biblical sexuality. Here the Apostle Paul pulls from the Greek translation of Leviticus 20:13 as well as Roman sexual sensibilities to condemn both active and passive participants of same-sex acts. Whether you believe in accepting gay lifestyles or think homosexual behavior is sinful, it’s important to get a grasp on what the Bible says about this incredibly controversial subject.
How To Quit Pornography
Let’s face it; it’s difficult to talk about pornography, especially among Christians. We get overwhelmed with feelings of shame and embarrassment while fearing how others will regard us with disgust or disdain. However, this issue is a huge struggle for a ton of Christians (and non-Christians) in the world today. Drawing on some of what he shared last week about spiritual disciplines, Blake Cortright joins Sean Finnegan once again to tackle this sensitive topic. He explains why porn is so hard to quit as well as reasons why it’s worth it to gain freedom from this taskmaster. In a remarkable display of courage and honesty, Cortright also shares his own 10+ year struggle with pornography and what measures he took that finally liberated him.
Stewarding Your Body
How should you steward your body? Are all bodily pleasures inherently sinful? In order to grapple with these questions, we take a tour through the Bible from the Garden of Eden through to the time of Jesus to observe the balanced biblical perspective between asceticism (denying all pleasures) and hedonism (living for pleasure). As it turns out, God designed us to experience pleasure, but within his boundaries. We discuss several of these before considering how sometimes we may need to enter a period of abstinence to recenter ourselves. Lastly, we look at how legalism can sneak in and wreak havok when we impose our own personal boundaries on other Christians.
Teen Comes out as Christian to Gay Parents
These days we hear a particular narrative over and over: “Gay teen courageously comes out to Christian parents and faces consequences.” This is the so-called hero’s journey of the early 21st century. From gay pride marches to hit songs to movies and TV shows, this story is ubiquitous in our culture—the underdog, persecuted gay person. In the hundreds of stories that are brought to our attention by our media, never do we hear a story of someone within the gay community who becomes a Christian, even though it is a much more common occurrence. It’s hard not to get the impression that the folks in the LGBTQ community are courageous and tolerant while Christians, especially Bible-believing ones, are repressive, intolerant and unloving. However, could it be that there’s an alternative narrative that few are hearing?
Let’s Get Physical
According to the Bible, we don’t “have” souls, we “are” souls. And people will live forever not in a disembodied existence as a soul, but in an embodied existence. So what do we do with physical/body desires like hunger and sex?
vûr ́jin; vûr-jin ́i-ti: (1) בּתוּלה, bethūlāh, from a root meaning “separated,” is “a woman living apart,” i.e. “in her father’s house,” and hence “a virgin.” Bethūlāh seems to have been the technical term for “virgin,” as appears from such a combination as na‛ărāh bhethūlāh, “a damsel, a virgin,” in Deuteronomy 22:23, 22:28, etc. An apparent exception is Joel 1:8, “Lament like a virgin (bethūlāh)...for the husband of her youth,” but the word is probably due to a wish to allude to the title “virgin daughter of Zion” (the translation “a betrothed maiden” is untrue to Hebrew sentiment). and the use of “virgin” for a city (Isaiah 37:22, etc.; compare Isaiah 23:12; 47:1) probably means “unsubdued,” though, as often, a title may persist after its meaning is gone (Jeremiah 31:4). The King James Version and the English Revised Version frequently render bethūlāh by “maiden” or “maid” (Judges 19:24, etc.), but the American Standard Revised Version has used “virgin” throughout, despite the awkwardness of such a phrase as “young men and virgins” (Psalms 148:12). For “tokens of virginity” (“proofs of chastity”) see the commentary on Deuteronomy 22:15 ff. (2) עלמה, ‛almāh, rendered in the Revised Version by either “damsel” (Psalms 68:25), “maiden” (so usually, Exodus 2:8, etc.), or “virgin” with margin “maiden” (Song of Solomon 1:3; 6:8; Isaiah 7:14). The word (see OHL) means simply “young woman” and only the context can give it the force “virgin.” This force, however, seems required by the contrasts in Song of Solomon 6:8, but in 1:3 “virgin” throws the accent in the wrong place. The controversies regarding Isaiah 7:14 are endless, but Septuagint took ‛almāh as meaning “virgin” (parthénos). But in New Testament times the Jews never interpreted the verse as a prediction of a virgin-birth—a proof that the Christian faith did not grow out of this passage. See IMMANUEL; VIRGIN BIRTH. (3) παρθέυς, parthénos, the usual Greek word for “virgin” (Judith 16:5, etc.; Matthew 1:23, etc.). In Revelation 14:4 the word is masculine. In 1 Corinthians 7:25 ff the Revised Version has explained “virgin” by writing “virgin daughter” in 1 Corinthians 7:36-38. This is almost certainly right, but “virgin companion” (see Lietzmann and J. Weiss in the place cited.) is not quite impossible. (4) νεᾶνις, neánis, “young woman” (Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 20:4). (5) Latin virgo (2 Esdras 16:33).
The deep affection by which one person feels closely drawn to another and impelled to give up much, or do much, for him without regard of self.
Song of Songs
Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to mean “carefree,” “happy,” or “bright and showy”.
Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). It has been defined as contempt, prejudice, aversion, hatred or antipathy, may be based on irrational fear, and is often related to religious beliefs.
Homosexuality in ancient Rome
Same-sex attitudes and behaviors in ancient Rome often differ markedly from those of the contemporary West. Latin lacks words that would precisely translate “homosexual” and “heterosexual”. The primary dichotomy of ancient Roman sexuality was active/dominant/masculine and passive/submissive/“feminised”. Roman society was patriarchal, and the freeborn male citizen possessed political liberty (libertas) and the right to rule both himself and his household (familia). “Virtue” (virtus) was seen as an active quality through which a man (vir) defined himself. The conquest mentality and “cult of virility” shaped same-sex relations. Roman men were free to enjoy sex with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status, as long as they took the dominant or penetrative role. Acceptable male partners were slaves, prostitutes, and entertainers, whose lifestyle placed them in the nebulous social realm of infamia, excluded from the normal protections accorded a citizen even if they were technically free. Although Roman men in general seem to have preferred youths between the ages of 12 and 20 as sexual partners, freeborn male minors were strictly off limits, and professional prostitutes and entertainers might be considerably older.
Homosexuality (from ancient Greek ὁμός, meaning “same,” and Latin sexus, meaning “sex”) is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality is “an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions” to people of the same sex. It “also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.”
A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females. The term lesbian is also used to express sexual identity or sexual behavior regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction.
LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.