Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The word fornication does not appear in the Old Testament.
Jesus uses the word once in the context of what defiles a person.
The rest are in Paul's letters.
But in Genesis 1 God says to the first couple: "Be fruitful and multiply." Genesis 1:28 (NRSV)
This is God's original blessing on human sexuality.
There is no mention of marriage or even faithfulness.
But a man will sow his wild oats in his youth and then settle down with one partner.
This is the way it is designed.
And this is exactly what happens in the gay scene.
Men experiment with several partners before settling down with one person.
So objections to homosexual activity on the grounds of fornication are largely irrelevant especially in the context of modern de-facto relationships.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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