Maybe jesus meant all that stuff about sex
Let’s imagine for a second there is a huge new breakthrough discovery. An ancient artifact that reveals the secret to finding happiness, and a marriage that will last a lifetime.
It’s all over the news. Your friends are tweeting about it. Everyone is posting articles about it, Ellen is doing interviews with anyone and everyone involved in this discovery.
The discovery is an ancient document with clear, non-complicated instructions on how we should handle sex, written to a culture much like ours today, and spoken by the one who made our bodies and every other BODY around us.
Not even kidding
Don’t you think this would get talked about?
Good news guys. We don’t have to imagine this ancient document was just now discovered. I have a copy! So do you! In fact this information was so valued and so sacred that thousands of people have been persecuted and died to protect these exceptionally necessary and vital words.
This is big stuff….
Are you ready…
Since we, as a culture, put so much weight on everything OUTSIDE the Bible let’s see what other people are saying first:
What the Science says about sex:
According to the article “sex and the brain” there are three main neurohormones that are released during sex. Dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. These chemicals work together to give us pleasure and bond us together. Oxytocin in particular, tells the brain, “Once connected, stay connected. Sex bonds us at a relational, physical and chemical level.It is a powerful force” -Mark Turrell
“Once connected, stay connected. Sex bonds us at a relational, physical and chemical level.It is a powerful force” -Mark Turrell
Gosh, that’s weird, it’s almost as if God knew the science and emotional bond behind his very creation!
NO WAY! Surely 50shades of gray can’t be wrong!
What counselors say about sex:
“In the counseling office, individuals rarely if ever weep scalding tears about any other sense of loss like they do for a sexual relationship when it ends. There are soul ties that bind two partners together in unseen ways and there is a sense that part of you has been stolen. There is a hole in your soul where the connection was ripped from you.”
Dr. David Ward, professional counselor
“20 years as a counselor has told me nothing has the ability degrade, cheapen, wound. and rob a sense of who you are as does sex outside of its original design.” -anonymous counselor
What God says about sex:
Remember that new discovery we talked about? What’s even cooler about it is this ancient document was written to a culture much like ours today!
The Corinthian people were having sex with whoever, whenever, and pretending it was all fun and games (I think this was the ancient version of the bachelor).
So this guy named Paul, inspired by God, wrote a letter to the Corinthian people that was so revolutionary, so foreign to their culture yet they knew deep down there was something more to sex than just fun and games. Their ears perked up.
I hope you’re sitting down for this:
“I am allowed to do anything.” Yes; but not everything is good for you.
Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should you take your body, which is part of Christ, and join it [sexually to someone you hardly know?]
Don’t you know that sex joins two people together? The scripture says quite plainly, “The two will become one body.”
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
Wow did you catch that NO OTHER SIN affects you like sex does?
It’s as if something is special, maybe even sacred about it.
In the very beginning, God said on Adam and Eve’s wedding day, “The two are united into one.” God who made every cell in our body, God who created hormones, God who thought up the very idea of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. He knew how deeply it would bond each other, He knows how sacred and special this gift would become
He also knew the depth to which it would scar if shared with just anyone. So God gave us sex in marriage. True intimacy, true vulnerability, naked, beautiful, cherishing and honoring love as if the couple was the only two people on earth.
This was the original design.
Consider your heavenly father knows how best to care for you. Take a moment to fathom that God gave you the gift of your sexuality and wants you to protect it…not to steal your fun, but to give you true joy in your marriage.