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Sex in the Bible

Is It Really In There?

Although most people think of the Bible as a family book, the reality is different. If a person truly looked at the level of sex in the Bible, he would be shocked! If filmed from cover to cover, the Scriptures would receive an NC-17 rating because of all the sexual activity.

There are a lot of negative examples of sex in the Bible, not because the writers of the Bible approved of sexual exploits, but because, in many cases, the Bible simply records facts. Most of the sex examples are records of sinful behavior. One notable example is King David's adultery with Bathsheba. Although the Bible records this incident, it also emphasizes that David is punished severely for it (although God still uses him). Jesus also reminds us that our thoughts of inappropriate sex (lust) are the same as having inappropriate sex.

There are also positive examples of sex in the Bible too, because in a proper context, it is a good thing, as Pope John Paul II reminded us in his "Theology of the Body." The first command of God to Adam and Eve is to be fruitful and multiply. Song of Solomon shows the love between a man and a woman. In both Judaism and Christianity there has been a tendency to find symbolic meaning in this poem, because some religious authorities have been uncomfortable with the sexual nature of it. In general, however, the Bible is positive about sex within marriage, while other forms of sex in the Bible, like homosexuality, bestiality, and fornication are generally condemned.

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