'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Thank you my friends for returning to understand this most important 'topic', for all ages of humanity.
We must remember, that like all 'gifts', as 'sex' is, it is from God and when we honor His purposes for the 'gift of sex', then, it is 'good', and there is no harm. But, like anything when used out of the intended purpose[s], it becomes most harmful, even if and when we refuse to admit this age old 'truth'. [Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4; 8-11; James 1:17 Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.
This word 'chastity; is a derivative of the Gr. word ἁγνός, G54, tr. “chaste” in 1 Peter 3:2. The primary meaning of the word denotes moral purity. In some parts of the ancient world, moral chastity or purity was not synonymous with religious chastity. However, the moral and religious connotations are fused in the Biblical usage of the term.
The Scriptures emphasize chastity and moral purity in religious devotion in both Testaments. Israelites were called upon to lead lives that would reflect moral purity or chastity. Such chastity was expected to stem from their religious devotion to Jehovah and was to mark them as being separate from the practices of the surrounding nations (Leviticus 20:21).
Departures from the standards set forth in the Old Testament resulted in a variety of unchaste behavior among the ancient Israelites (Genesis 38:15; 2 Samuel 13; Ezekiel 22:11).
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Chastity in the Old Testament did not include celibacy, as both the priests and individuals holding the Nazarite vow were not forbidden to marry (Numbers 6:2-5). In fact, later Jewish tradition held that while moral purity was to be desired highly, a man with no wife was “not a proper man” (Seder Nashim).
Likewise in the New Testament, chastity was stressed but was not to be confused with asceticism or celibacy, although in certain instances Christ taught that a man or woman could forego marriage in his service to God (Matthew 19:10-12). Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.
At the same time Christ taught the sanctity of marriage and gave His tacit approval to the marriage ceremony both in His attendance at such ceremonies and by frequent allusions to marriage in His parables. (See John 2:1-11; Matthew 19:3-6; 22:1-14; 25:1-13. Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html)
In addition, Christ’s activities at such occasions as the marriage supper in Cana of Galilee (John 2) would lead one to believe that His teachings concerning chastity did not involve avoidance of social gatherings and related festivities. However, His social activities at times were the grounds for accusation and condemnation by His foes (Matthew 11:19). Evidently the religious leaders of His day expected Him to be more ascetic than He appeared to be. In spite of frequent involvement with the culture surrounding Him, Christ manifested a style of life which revealed self-control and impeccable moral purity.
The early followers of Christ, like the ancient Jews, were expected to be distinguishable from the world around them by their chaste or moral lives (1 Corinthians 5:6-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Titus 2:5; and 1 Peter 3:2. Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html). Juvenal stated that during the period of the Early Church, it was not uncommon for women to have eight husbands in less than five years and that divorce was common. In contrast to these practices, the early Christian communities stressed moral chastity, both prior to and during marriage and condemned indirectly if not directly such practices as polygamy, infidelity, divorce as practiced by the Roman world at that time, and other unchaste practices. (See for example 1 Timothy 3 and related passages in the NT concerning the Christian life.)
Also, the Church is referred to as a “chaste” virgin by Paul (2 Corinthians 11:2) and Christians were exhorted to maintain purity in their external practices and in their thought lives (Matthew Chapters 5-7; Galatians 5:19-6:9; Philippians 4:5-9; and 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12). [Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
Both the Hebraic and Christian religions were expected to be distinguishable from the world around them by their chaste practices and emphasis on moral purity in religious devotion God.'
Remember, when truly 'saved', the 'old man' is 'dead', and we are 'putting on the new man', so that moral purity is our goal, with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. [See such as Romans 6:6; Galatians 5; Colossians 3:5-11; Hebrews 12. Read more audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html] God never expects of us, what He does not enable each of us to do! It is always a matter of a 'choice of the will', just like Jesus; 'not my will, but thy will be done'.
[Psalm 143:10; Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 4:34;5:30; 6:38.Read more
I think it may be helpful to post more posts including an article for your edification further on the topic of 'chastity', under 'sex' found also on line. There is so much confusion and deception about 'sex' and deceptive and harmful attempts to equate 'sex' as the same as 'love'. Let's see if we can candidly clarify this matter, once and for all. As it is written:
John 8:31-32 "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 14:6 'Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'
Be blessed. And, please return Saturday, July 20, 2019, as the Lord wills. Amen. Amen.
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