Describe Christian Teachings about Sex

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Describe Christian Teachings about the Purpose of Sex

        Sex is the joining of a man and a woman (usually) in intercourse. Having sex has the potential to create children and/or lead to infection: for this reason it is a big decision whether a couple chose to have sex or not as it could lead to many life altering circumstances, such as pregnancy. Also for the above reason, there is and has been a great deal of controversy between people, religious or not, about what sex is about. Although Christians agree on many things about sex and it what conditions it should take place under, they don’t necessarily agree about others as people will interpret the same Bible passages in different ways, “Paul said, <All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work>”- 2 Timothy 3:16.

        Generally, Christians believe that sex is a gift from God: “God blessed the man and woman that he had created and told them to be fruitful and increase in number”- Genesis 1:28. The fact that it is a blessing suggests that sex is special and its importance should not be dismissed. It is a gift to be used responsibly and in a loving relationship that is long-term. For this reason, many Christians believe that the only circumstance where two people should have sex is within a marriage; they do not believe in pre-marital sex (sex before marriage) or extra-marital sex (sex with someone else while you are married). A Christian marriage is a spiritual bond between two people who really love each other and feel that they want to spend the rest of their lives together – “Jesus said, <A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, the two will become one flesh. Therefore what God has joined let no man separate>”- Mark 10:7-9. Christians who agree with this teaching try to abstain from sex before they are married. They remain virgins (people who have not had sex) and chaste (sexually pure) so that when they do make love to their partner after they are married, it is giving them a treasured gift. Some Christians believe that pre-marital sex is wrong because it “cheapens the act” and if irresponsible, can lead to pregnancy and abortion, which some Christians believe is wrong as it is destroying life that God has made: “You shall not kill”- Exodus 20:13; “You created every part of me, you put me together in my mother’s womb. When I was growing there in secret, you knew me”- Psalm 139:13-16.

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Additionally, they also refrain from extra-marital sex because it breaks a promise that was made at the marriage ceremony before their partner, God, the vicar/priest, and any invited guests. It also goes against the seventh commandment – “Do not commit adultery”- Genesis 20:14 and Matthew 5:27-28: “Jesus said, <You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But now I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart.>” Breaking a promise to somebody is a terrible thing to do as it betrays ...

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