Chapter 25, Paragraph 2.
“… and the preventing of uncleanness.”
1 Corinthians 7:2,9
Marriage is sexual. Shocking, isn’t it? We know that marriage is meant to have a sexual component to it, but yet it carries the connotation of lacking in that department. The real exciting stuff, according to the world, does not happen in the marriage relationship. When we see what marriage truly is, though, we see the statements of the world concerning intimacy for the lies that they are.
In today’s society, sex often revolves the self: my desires and pleasures are what is important. Whatever I feel like doing, whenever I want to do it, with whomever I want to do it with, are what guides society’s view of sex. Such acts springing from selfish lusts and desires are sin.
This self-centeredness carries over to the world’s definition of marriage: my feelings are the determining factor for getting married and staying married. Thus marriage is viewed as another choice, and intimacy outside of that institution is considered morally neutral. But marriage is not about ourselves. It is for the mutual aid of husband and wife. In focusing on the other, intimacy no longer is solely a selfish act. A married couple aids one another from sinning by keeping sex within the marriage relationship.
The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. -1 Corinthians 7: 3,4
Questions to Consider
- How does your view of sex affect your view of marriage?