Christian Religion & Sex
Sex & The Bedroom

Does the Bible Hate Sex?

For generations, the Bible has been the reference point for many nations across the world for rule of law and maintaining order. That includes order in between the sheets as well. Amongst the foray of subjects covered in the Bible, sex and sexuality is a common thread throughout the entire holy book. The way in which sexuality is seen is partly to do with the prevailing religious construct in a region and in part, to do with how evolution has defined what’s appropriate and deviations from that. Christianity, in particular, can be interpreted as having a negative perception of one’s sexual expression.

Bible Verses About Man and Woman Sleeping Together

Since all sexual encounters in the Bible were supposed to be for the purpose of procreation, it was mainly reserved for married couples. This stipulation placed restrictions on what was appropriate when having sex. Meaning that some sexual positions were not explored because they did not serve the immediate purpose. Classic examples include anal, fellatio etc. In addition, there were restrictions on what days of the week people could have sex (not on fast days, or feast days for a saint, or on Sundays, for instance).

Love in the Bible

Where Does the Bible Talk About Abstinence

Throughout all that time, there was exactly one way for Christians to express their sexuality, by remaining abstinent until they got married to a person of the opposite gender. This extends to the conversations about homosexual relationships. Those who were involved in same-sex relationships were shunned and condemned to hell. In the New Testament, Jesus wasn’t exactly outspoken about homosexuality.

Other than rebuking divorce and lust, Jesus didn’t say much about issues relating to people’s sexual orientation (See Matthew 19). Early Christians’ believed that Jesus’ second coming was imminent and created an environment that promoted celibacy if you weren’t married. To understand what is fornication, we must go back to the beginning and see how God created humanity and to what end.

What the Bible Says About Dating

It is a new and culturally peculiar phenomenon that human sexuality is all about intimacy and pleasure, but not for the purpose of reproduction. The Old Testament expands in depth about the laws governing Christian sexuality, and God’s subsequent wrath to those that sin against him.

One way for the Saints to express their sexual purity is by living a life of chastity. The Christian religion demands each one of us subjugate our sexual desires and to commit to a life of faith.

The Bible Against Sex

Most of the instruction about sex after the Old Testament came from Christian leaders who started spreading the Word after Jesus’ passing. For married Christians, it is exclusive to one’s spouse. For single, and divorced Christians, it is abstinence.

St. Paul, one of Jesus’ closest disciples believed that practicing a life of celibacy was akin to taking the higher road towards God, concentrate solely on things of the spirit. He himself was a celibate Christian leader, who wrote most of the New Testament. Sexual desire was perceived as a sign of rebelling against God.

Bible Verses about Man and Woman Sleeping Together

Scripture clearly states that we ought to…

“Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry.”
Colossians 3: 5

Other verses elaborate further, saying that we should “Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:15-18

The list is endless, with certain verses paying homage to the institution of marriage. “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” Hebrews 13:4

Over and above sexual deviance, early Christian live we’re very restrictive of sex. “sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure… Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God”. Galatians 5:19-21

The Body as the Temple of God

To establish a sexual relationship without any interest in love is against God’s intention for such relationships. That is described as falling to temptation. “But, while temptation is universal, it’s different from sin. Scripture tells us that Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, but did not sin” (See Hebrews 4:15).

Despite all that has been written and the universally espoused doctrines of the Bible, people still want to fornicate. The flesh and all it’s desired still rule and one can go as far as say it makes the world spin. That said, it is clear that early Christian teachings though little of sex as a conduit to a higher maybe even spiritual connection between two people. Alternatively, have we completely strayed from the word that there’s no return? 

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