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Gary F. Zeolla,
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This book looks in-depth at what the Bible has to say on sexual types of relationships and related issues. By this is meant: dating, pre-marital sex, marriage, divorce, re-marriage, marital sex, extra-marital sex, homosexuality, polygamy, incest, abortion, and birth control.
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This book will look in-depth at what the Bible has to say on sexual types of relationships and related issues. By this is meant: dating, pre-marital sex, marriage, divorce, re-marriage, marital sex, extra-marital sex, homosexuality, polygamy, incest, abortion, and birth control.
This study will go through the Scriptures systematically, looking at relevant passages of Scripture in order. The passages are written out, with the bulk of this book being simply the Scriptures, so the reader can see for yourself what the Bible teaches on various sexual issues.
Explanations and interpretations are provided for each passage to aid the reader in understanding the Scriptures, but the emphasis is on the Scriptures themselves. This format will enable the reader to draw conclusions about what the Bible as a whole has to teach on these personal and very relevant issues.
The Old Testament texts are taken from the World English Bible (WEB), a modern-day public domain version, while the New Testament texts are taken from the author’s own Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament: Third Edition (ALT3).
Table of Contents
Preface - 5
Abbreviations - 7
The Old Testament … 9
#1 – Genesis - 11
#2 – The Rest of the Torah - 39
#3 – The Historical Books - 53
#4 – The Poetic Books - 71
#5 – The Prophetic Books - 77
The New Testament … 87
#6 – The Gospels and Acts - 89
#7 – The Pauline Epistles - 101
#8 – The General Epistles - 119
#9 – The Revelation - 125
#10 – Conclusion - 129
Appendixes … 131
#1 – Additional Books by the Author - 133
#2 – Author’s Web Sites, Newsletters, and Social Sites/
Contacting the Author - 137
The Rest of the TorahThe “Torah” refers to the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The previous chapter discussed the first of these books. This chapter will look at passages from the other four books.
15Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and lived in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well. 16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18When they came to Reuel, their father, he said, "How is it that you have returned so early today?" 19They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.” 20He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21Moses was content to dwell with the man. He gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter. 22She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land."
This is one of the Ten Commandments. As such, it is clear that God considers adultery to be a serious offense. This is because it is a breaking of the trust and “oneness” between a husband and wife. It also causes many problems, as can be seen from the commentary on other passages.
“You shall not commit adultery.”
This was most likely a “case law” meaning something like this happened. Two men were fighting when a pregnant woman somehow got caught in the middle, and it caused here to give birth prematurely. Moses was asked what should be done.
The answer is that if the baby was born healthy, then the man who caused the problem should be fined. But it is a different situation of the incident caused “harm.” But that is where there is a debate on this interpretation.
The WEB has “gives birth prematurely.” But a more literal translation is “her children come out.” The plural is used just in case there are twins. The text does not indicate if the child (or children) are born prematurely or if, as the New Revised Standard (NRSV) has it, “there is a miscarriage.” But the next phrase, “yet no harm follows” would seem to support the idea of a premature birth not a miscarriage as the latter would be a “harm.” The NRSV tries to evade this conclusion by rendering the phrase “yet no further harm follows.” However, the word “further” is not in the Hebrew text.But assuming “born prematurely” is correct then this passage leads credence to the idea that the unborn child is a person, and thus should be protected in the same manner as an adult. If the baby comes out dead, then the offender is to be treated the same as if he killed an adult, i.e., he is to be executed (“life for life”).
If lesser injury results to either mother or child, then a lesser punishment is to be meted out. That is the meaning of the famous “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” phrase. The punishment should fit the crime.
But there is one caveat. The father has the final say as to whether a marriage occurs or not. If he does not approve of the seducer, the father can decline the marriage requirement. However, the seducer still must pay what constitutes a “fine” for the seduction.
The Poetic BooksThe Poetic Books are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. Passages from these books will be discussed next.
Job 1:2; 2:9:
This passage would also have application to pornography. The whole purpose of porn is to incite lust in the user. So this passage would be one that argues against it being okay for Christians to use porn or even to watch any movies or TV shows with nudity or strong sexual situations.
The Gospels and ActsIt is now time to turn to the New Testament, starting with the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), along with the Book of Acts. Passages from these books will be discussed in this chapter.
Adultery can only be committed by someone who is married or at least with someone who is married, so Jesus would be saying that for a married man to lust after a woman other than his wife would be adultery or for any man, married or single, to lust after a married woman.
But what about a single man lusting after a single woman? It would depend on the degree of the lust. If the man is lusting to have sex with here right then, then yes, that is a problem as pre-marital sex is sinful. But if the lust leads the man to “court” the woman so that she falls in love with him and they get married, then such lusting would be perfectly normal and expected. This writer doesn’t believe that such normal desires is what Jesus had in mind in this passage. Again, the word used is “adultery” not “fornication.”
However, as Jesus Himself indicates, divorce was allowed in the OT. But by putting such a strict restriction on divorce and remarriage in the NT what Jesus is doing is trying to return us to God’s original convention for human beings, one man and one woman together for a lifetime. And that should be a couple’s attitude when they get married, that it is for a lifetime.
Knowing that to get a divorce would mean a lifetime of celibacy would be an encouragement to couples to put as much effort as possible into their marriage. Struggling through problems, rather than just giving up, can lead to a deeper and more meaningful relationship between a husband and wife. God blesses when people abide by His standards of behavior (Ps 1:1-3; 119:1f; Prov 8:32-36; 29:18).
But what about the person who has already gotten divorced? Reconciliation is the preferred route if that is at all possible. But if one of the parties has already remarried, then the remarriage of the original couple is not an option, as was discussed previously in this book. But what is available is forgiveness and a fresh start if you repent and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Ps 51:1-17; Matt 1:21; 26:28; Rom 4:1-8; 7:24-8:1; 13:12-14; 2Cor 5:17; Titus 3:3-8).
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