The Sex Talk and Christianity

Is it a sin to talk about sex? The Bible mentions sex a lot. The world has redefined the use of sex into a free-flowing anything-goes framework rather than following the biblical model of being confined to a set-apart couple made of complementary sexes.

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Contraception in the Bible

Oftentimes, when a bible believer is against contraception they reference verses like 1 Tim 2:15, and Gen 38:9-10, but those verses are out of context. One is talking about wives in relation to their husbands, and the other is a story about a guy who hated his brother.

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The Bible on Binary Sex in Nature

Some bible objectors argue that the existence of asexuality in nature proves that sex/gender is fluid and the bible is wrong about sex/gender being binary. Does what animals do, have anything to do with what humans do? The Bible says that humans are designed explicitly as male and female (Gen 1:28, Gen 2:24). There are intersex people but those are outliers caused by mutations. If every person in the next generation was intersex and potentially sterile because of it, we would be facing potential extinction as a species. Therefore humans are made to reproduce sexually by design.

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Eunuchs in the Bible

In the New Covenant, marriage is not an expectation since we don’t make new kingdom members by making babies but rather by sharing the gospel. Jesus affirmed the option of being a eunuch in Matt 19:11-12 when talking about people made eunuchs (castrated by emperors), born eunuchs, (asexual or possibly intersex), or made themselves eunuchs (either through castration or will-powered celibacy) for the Kingdom. Paul was a celibate eunuch and even encouraged being celibate in his letter to the Corinthians when talking about marriage (1 Corinthians ch. 7). However he never required it, and even suggested getting married if a person can’t control their sexual desires. He recommends celibacy so that Christians could focus on the work of the Kingdom because single people could focus on the Lord’s work without the distractions of familial obligations (1 Cor 7:8-9).

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Sexual Immorality in the Bible

The law (Torah) came from God on Mt Sinai, and Jesus agreed with everything the Torah said, including everything about sexual immorality, because it all points to him (Luke 16:29-31, John 5:45). He followed the law perfectly which made him sinless, and that qualified him to die for our sins. The law says that incest (Lev18:1-18), adultery (Ex 20:14, Deut 5:18), same-sex intercourse (Lev 18:22, Lev 20:13), bestiality (Lev18:23, Lev 20:15-16), and fornication (Ex 22:16-17, Deut 22:28-29), are all sins that were punishable with execution. Sex between a married man and woman that have no conflicting relationship (blood or otherwise) between other family members, is the only legit way to have sex. Jesus agreed with this because he followed Torah and believed it to be the word of his father God.

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The Bible on Incest

People often ask the question, “who is Cain’s wife?” A proper response to this question is to ask back “who was Seth’s wife?” The answer to both questions is relatively the same, they married their sisters. People often ask this question because they don’t actually know what the bible says about incest. The modern-day definition of incest is based on ideas about breeding offspring from parents that are genetically close, but in the ancient world siblings, half-siblings and cousins married all the time. How else would there be “royal bloodlines” in various cultures?

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Biblical Virginity

The old testament primarily only defines physical virginity, which is defined by a woman having an intact hymen, so men are not ever labeled virgins in scripture, nor in most ancient cultures. However, as I will explain further that there are some spiritual principles revealed in ritual purity laws of the old testament that feed into the definition of sexual immorality in the new testament. Eunuchs are recognized as not interested in marriage, but that doesn’t mean they are all virgins, some may have had sex before getting castrated. Only procreative sex acts deal with virginity, so same-sex intercourse and beastiality didn’t count but those were violations of the moral laws and punishable by death. Some may use this to argue that they can escape virginity loss by having oral or anal sex, however, the spiritual aspects of this apply to what happens in the heart and mind regarding the subject of sex.

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