30 comments on “God’s Image, Sexual Immorality and the Times We Live In

  1. The world we live in thrives on sex, worshipping idols (quite often themselves), and living in a “if I want it I should have it” mentality. Politicians, anxious for votes, promote said ideas, and suddenly what is wrong in God’s eyes, is right in the secular world’s eyes. And then they become civil/ constitutional rights. Have you noticed that at the same time, the rights of Christians are being very steadily eroded?

  2. I think I’ve posted my definition of sin (anything we do that is different than what God wants us to do) and your definition of sexual immorality sure fits that. It sure is easier and more sensible than delving into the various forms of perversions people come up with. Why give those any space at all? Good one!

  3. Is it any wonder that there are questions and that there is confusion on matters of sex and sexuality? The church has abdicated its responsibility to salt and light in matters of sex and sexuality, other that to thunder “Thou shalt not commit adultery” from the pulpit. Any talk about sex and sexuality has become taboo in the church because we have forgotten that the same God who said “Thou shalt not commit adultery” also said “Be fruitful and multiply”. God said “Be fruitful and multiply” LONG before He said “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. That same God saw fit to give us the Song of Solomon, which most Christians and churches either ignore or teach as an allegory for “God and His people” or Christ and His church” while ignoring its obviously-graphic presentation of marital and sexual love.

    My dad was a pastor, and I FINALLY got my five-minute “bird and bees” lecture when I was 22 and just days from getting married. I had gotten more information from “other sources” than my parents ever gave me. The church is reaping what it has sowed.

    Blessings!

    Steve

  4. Well treated. I suspect that Satan would rather we delve into the many specific scenarios… Just imagine how salacious and twisted that could be, not to mention the controversy and strife it could create. You so rightly avoided his trap.

  5. If we are just “highly-evolved apes”, there is NO basis for morality, and our lives would be much simpler if we behaved more like Bonobos and just had a LOT more sex. If, however, we are created in God’s image, there IS a basis for morality, and God has the right to define what is moral and what isn’t moral. If, as we see now, the church doesn’t understand or rejects the implications of mankind being created in God’s image, the church has an equally-perverted but opposite view of sex and sexuality that the world has. Only when we have a truly-Biblical understanding of mankind being created in God’s will we be able to also have a Biblical understanding of sex and sexuality as God intends it.

      • No, I am not ticked-off at the church, but I can see where our false-understanding of how mankind is created in the image of God has led. The answer is not abandoning the church, rather the answer is reforming the church. Yes, I see some questionable dogma in my church, but overall, it is quite sound.

      • When the “answer” to lust is “lower-hemlines, higher necklines and not looking”, rather than training men to respect and treat women as a fellow-image-bearers of God’s marvelous image, there is a serious problem. Jesus said that lust begins in the heart, not the eyes. God didn’t blame Bathsheba for David’s sin, even though she was bathing in full-view of David’s palace, rather God blamed David for doing what he did. David had a “heart” problem, not an “eyes” problem.

  6. Matthew 19:4-9 & 18 is the most succinct summation of Jesus’ directive on this. Pretty good and clear program. In the words of Jesus, The Christ, Marriage is between a man and woman with copulation outside of Marriage, Adultery, being something we are guided away from choosing. The recent marriage legislation and rulings are intentionally seeking to rewrite God’s OS. The state has no standing in this core tenant of Religion. Far better to focus on sharing the Light, Love, and Joy of Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit with everyone, everywhere, every time. The limiting is actually the freeing.

  7. If your religion teaches hate and/or intolerance of others, that religion is in the wrong! I feel firmly about certain things about religion and will not go into them because I do not want to be disrespectful but, please before you judge others, remember, it is not our place to judge, it is not our place to think we understand all the meanings of the Bible, it is not our place to condemn people who have different feelings about what sexual immorality truly is. It IS our place to be kind to one another, to try to help anyone who may need our help, and to understand that making those who are different from ourselves feel bad about their differences is not okay and not what truly good people should do. Just be kind to one another, that is the best we can do in this life! Let God do the judging!

    • Thank you for your teaching; it might surprise you to know that I quite agree with you, in fact this blog goes very far beyond “tolerance” and into unconditional love for all of God’s sacred children… but then sadly, you wouldn’t have noticed that because you didn’t look. Instead you simply toss out the pejorative term “your religion”. which I find to be both stereotypical and intolerant; offensive in the extreme.

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