God, the Bible, and sex

In light of much of what I have seen on Facebook and heard among my so-called “Christian” friends, I felt that this post was appropriate. I recently came upon this postcard from the site Postsecret. I have to say that I was generally offended by this post.

All over the world, there are religions that find God through sex. These “religions” are generally heathenistic religions and cults, ones that see God as a carnal god, one who can be appeased through sacrifices and sex. This god is apparently pleased when people who are not married engage in sexual intercourse.

Now, while I do not deny that sex is a God-given right and is a pleasure between a married man and woman, it is not something to be used lightly. Sex is a matter of responsibility, a gift to be used rightly. It is not something to be joked around about.

A lot of Christians believe that God’s rules regarding sex in their lives to be pretty vague. I beg to differ. Ephesians 5:3 states, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality…”. Did you catch that? Not even a hint. That means your mind, your words, your actions have to show not a single hint of sexual immorality.

Now, I am not the picture of sexual purity. I doubt any man, with the exception of Jesus, is the picture of sexual morality. I have my struggles. I have my issues. But I have recently “seen the light” (for lack of a better phrase) regarding God and sex. Our God, while delighted with sex as a manner of procreation and recreation between a man and his wife, is not delighted with sex outside of marriage or between people who are not married to one another.

Many Christians and Jews alike are familiar with the Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God upon Mount Horeb. One of the Ten Commandments states that “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Adultery is defined as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse”. Now, tradition over the years has expanded the definition of adultery to any sex outside of marriage.

Going back to Ephesians, sexual immorality includes any coarse joking about sex, sex in any form outside of marriage, and, yes, homosexuality. Any form of sexual immorality is forbidden by God.

Exodus speaks against the act of adultery, but Jesus, a few hundred years later (maybe a couple thousand), says this regarding adultery, “‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery”; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman (or man) with lust for her (or him) has already committed adultery with her (or him) in his (or her) heart.'” (Matthew 5:27-28). “Lust” is defined as a strong sexual desire. Jesus takes the commandment to a whole new level. All you have to do is think about having sex with someone other than your rightful spouse (or someone you are not married to) and you are guilty of committing adultery. Wow. That’s pretty intense.

There is one last scripture I want to bring to your attention regarding God and sex. This is found in 1 Corinthians 6:13, “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord.” We see here that our bodies are meant for God. They are not meant to be used to indulge in sexual pleasures and desires. We are to give our bodies as living sacrifices to God.

For more information about God, the Bible, and sex, look at these verses:

Hebrews 13:4
Galatians 6:7-8
Job 31:1
Mark 7:21-23
Acts 15:29
Romans 13:12-13
1 Corinthians 5:11
1 Corinthians 6:18
2 Corinthians 12:21
Galatians 5:16,19
Colossians 3:5-6
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5,7
Hebrews 12:16
1 Peter 4:3
Jude 7

This is just a limited list. The Bible, Old and New Testament alike, has many passages regarding God’s standard for sexual purity. Just look and see.

I strongly encourage all men who wish to lead a sexually pure life to read through Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker’s “Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time”. With first hand testimonies and a plan you can follow to win the fight for sexual purity, “Every Man’s Battle” is a necessary resource for men. They also have “Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation” that pertains to teenage boys.

There is also a book by Shannon Ethridge entitled “Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment”. While I do not have first hand experience with this text, I can assume that the content is similar to that of “Every Man’s Battle” with a battle plan for women to win the fight against sexual temptation. She also has version for young women entitled “Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World”.

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