Fornication

Sexual immorality has been a struggle for man-kind since early biblical days, when God first gave the Ten Commandments to a people who were proving to be faithless. Man's sexual activity is a much covered topic in the Bible and we can believe that because of this, how we sexually express ourselves is important to God. But, because the mystery of God's design in creating sensuous beings is not being fully taught, or perhaps fully understood, many believers in Christ find ways to justify fornication and not practice sexual integrity. It may be a good idea to first discover why this area of temptation proves to be one of the most dangerous of temptations in the history of man-kind. What we believe is about physical and emotional pleasure is really about a loving God and His people.

In Leviticus, chapter twenty, we find lists of commandments that pertain to the consequences of having sex outside the sanctity of marriage. While burning at the stake and being cut off from the people were among the consequences of sexual immorality, death by stoning was the usual punishment for fornication among the chosen people of God. "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." (Leviticus 20:10)

Interestingly, the Lord uses the sin of adultery to describe the wandering hearts of His chosen people. Because God had entered into a covenant with Israel, He considered it a legal contract, as binding and as loving as any marital contract. When Israel turned her eyes from the Lord and began to worship the idols and take part in the practices of pagan nations, God was not pleased, and reckoned His precious people to a wandering wife. "How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman: in that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in thou scornest hire; but as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband " (Ezekiel 16:30-31) Actually, the entire sixteenth chapter of Ezekiel is a description of how God prepared Israel as a beautiful bride only to have her turn from Him and play the harlot in sexual immorality. Discover more about the biblical perspective of adultery by visiting these Bible resources.

With the arrival of the much anticipated Messiah and the new covenant which saves all of man kind, many of the laws that were laid down in the Mosaic Law were overturned. Paul taught new ideas about eating certain meats and about circumcision. But, the New Testament continues with the teachings against fornication. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) And, though Christ forgave an adulteress woman in the book of John, He also told her to go and sin no more. Jesus also taught "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: and these things come from within and defile the man." (Mark 7:21-23) Actually, Christ took the entire matter to a new level and taught that even thinking about sexual immorality was wrong. "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matthew 5:28)

Many New Testament teachings include parables that are associated with wedding ceremonies. Christ is pictured as the loving and strong groom, while the church is pictured as the bride, one that is preparing herself for a wedding day in the future. And, in the book of Revelation, we are told that the marriage of the Lamb finally arrives. "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready." (Revelation 19:7) Because our Lord uses such imagery, we can believe that He considers the relationship between a husband and wife very serious.

Sexual immorality practiced by man is a perfect illustration of our weak and wandering hearts that seek after our own pleasures as opposed to God's will. And, when we participate in fornication, we are shaking our fists at God's word picture of love and commitment to us; saying we want things our own way, and we want it pleasurable and we want it often. Our God's gift of marriage and sex is an explicit picture of the Lord's love and of the pleasure He takes in loving us. All fornication distorts this picture, which is the goal of the number one enemy of God: Satan. It's not surprising then that so much of today's world is focused on promoting sex not only outside of marriage, but promoting sex as a pleasure to be enjoyed in anyway fathomable. To learn more about sex in the Bible, click the links above.

Sex In The Bible

Usually when people thing about a free sex quiz this is not typically associated with the Bible. However, God is the Author and Creator of sex. If there is an interest in knowing more consider a quiz about sex from a Biblical perspective. God is a God of love and protection. He views intimacy highly as a sacred union between one man and one woman in the bonds of marriage.

He doesn't want it to be tainted. He meant for it to be great. Unfortunately, Satan has taken the very thing that God has created for good and tried to make disgusting sport of a beautiful experience. A person might learn different techniques with a quiz about sex as well as how a Biblical perspective is important to intercourse. Some have come from a background where sexual abuse was rampant. These people may have been touched in ways so offensive that they never want to think of physical contact in that way again and find the act dirty and obscene. The very thing God intended to give husband and wife pleasure has caused a barrier for some people.

Anyone can take a free sex quiz, even a Bible quiz and find out what kind of thoughts they have regarding sex. If a person couples the world's standards and the Biblical perspective on sex, they would get some conflicting views. If someone is hoping to take a free sex quiz just to find out what kind of sexual person they might be, that person might be surprised what kind of quiz about sex is offered when it's accompanied by a Bible quiz. It might be different from the type of questions seen in popular magazines. These Bible quiz questions might cause a person to think deeper about the biblical perspective of sex.

The Song of Solomon is a book that paints a picture of intimacy between a man and a woman. Song of Solomon, chapter two, verse seven states, " I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. " Though the Song of Solomon walks us through Solomon and his beloved's courtship, his beloved tells the women not to waken love until it is ready. This is regarding intimacy on every level. Though Solomon and his beloved are fond of one another, they do not act impulsively or on their feelings. They do not awaken any desires in a way that will make them compromise their bodies. Instead, they wait until it is the right time, in the right context, and enjoy one another in the marriage bed. What a wonderful thing for Solomon and his beloved!

Because God is love, Christian relationships become a very important part of developing connections with God and others. Part of loving others means seeing them become a part of God's family. Witnessing to others about the mercy of our Lord should be something that a believer should do everyday. As a Christian, people consider speaking about this topic as the job of a preacher or teacher who devotes himself to reaching out to others. While these people are a very important part of leading others to Christ, everyone who follows and serves God has the responsibility to share his message with others. Missionaries also play a vital role in furthering the kingdom of God. As they travel to different countries, they take on the responsibility of not only telling, but showing, God's character. As an individual comes to know, love, and accept Christ as his personal Savior, he in turn reaches out to everyone around him. Just as Christ loved people so much that He gave His life on the cross, we too must love people so much that we will sacrifice for them. That's how we spread the love of God.

Our task is to share His word with hopes that we will bring others to know Him before it is too late. Teaching others about God's boundless nature can be done in a variety of ways. We can serve others with everyday tasks such as helping a neighbor paint his house or babysitting for a single mother. As we serve our unbelieving friends, we open up the conversation to the fact that God is love. Jesus told his disciples, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). This doesn't just apply to the missionary who goes into a foreign country to spread the Good News. We find our mission field at our workplace, in our neighborhood, perhaps even at home. We must show and share that God is love with our dearest loved ones and acquaintances as well. We are responsible to spread Christ's message as He did. For more information on God's love, visit our Bible resources.

One way we can expand our circle of influence with God's love is to volunteer for short-term mission trips with our church or other group. Many short-term missionary trips begin as a chance to travel to a different country to teach the Bible while helping with different tasks. Being an everyday Christian can be the best way to witness to others. In war-torn countries, missionaries often travel to help build homes, churches, and other buildings that have been damaged or destroyed from war. Believers can even visit places that are hostile to missionaries by volunteering for construction jobs or medical assistance or many other temporary positions. Teaching English in China can open up opportunities to share one's faith. Other countries that may be suffering from famines or natural disasters provide opportunities for people to rebuild lives through showing God's love.

As Christians, we sometimes find it hard to uphold the actions and behaviors that characterized Christ's life. Working with people who are not Christians can be extremely hard, especially if the number of non-Christians is much higher than the number of Christians who work together. Many non-Christians do not behave as they should, either because they do not know better, do not care, or do not know the ways that God would have them act and behave. Showing Christian friendship and proclaiming God's love, on a daily basis, at work to other individuals can be one of the best ways to witness. Being a constant example of a person who has strong faith will offer a great witness to those around. Our responsibility to witness began the moment our salvation was completed. Witnessing with fire and zeal for our Lord becomes our primary task. Everyone on earth who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior must take part in bringing others to Him because God's Word tells us, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love" (1 John 4:8). So our attitude and service is the proof that we know Him and that we serve Him.





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