Originally posted by queenannie38
i know it's really just semantics and personal taste, but the word mimic really doesn't seem to be the right choice
mimicking seems like a mindless thing
Jesus is my ideal - i try my best to emulate him and to follow his example - with heart and conscious awareness and a desire to grow as he
Fair enough. I will choose my words more wisely when in discussion with you.
but he didn't judge things such as sex, love, relationships, etc. - such things weren't even in his line of sight...
what he saw and what he judged (called people out for) those who were dishonest in word and deed, hypocrisy, selfish, and greedy - such as
those who were pimping their goods to the poor people, always needing pigeons for sacrifice, in the temple's outer court
there was nothing good for anyone in THAT situation
so he physically ousted them!
those are the things that do true damage - using others' needs and even misfortune in order to further one's own ends
things done in the course of just being a creature with desires - a human both sensual and sexual - those things don't really matter at all!
what matters is how we treat each other
even promiscuity comes with a certain degree of affection, on one level or another...unless there are serious sexual deviations in the mind of one or
the other, no one gets spiritually damaged from even an ill-advised one-night stand! and serious sexual deviation is not as common as most would
think...only that which HARMS is truly deviant!
This whole thread makes it seem as though I am incorrect in that sex has a sinful nature attached to it. Why must I be wrong? When one says that it is
okay to do this...are they not judging those who think that it is wrong to do so? Is your belief that sex is not sinful somehow superior to my belief
that it is? Live and let live. What I consider sin does not even MATTER
in your life. I live my life to the standards that the Holy Spirit
holds me to. I will be judged for what I know and what I believe. You live your life to the standards that the Holy Spirit holds YOU to. YOU will be
judged for what YOU know and what YOU believe. If you do not feel the spirit of conviction come among you when contemplating sexual behaviour, then
indeed it is probably perfectly fine for you to engage in such an activity. In my circumstance however, it is different.
I hate the term "eunuch" because it gives me a bad feeling but..I do believe this passage is reflective of the PERSONAL conviction that resides with
sexuality. "For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the
kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it." This passage shows the DIFFERENCES...but yet...it doesnt condemn any of them.
Also, 2Timothy 2:22 "Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and
peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts."
The thought of sexual intercourse, outside of a committed relationship, does not inspire me to "do right". What it inspires is selfishness and
pleasing my flesh.
Even furthermore, 1Corinthians Ch6 states:
"Someone will say, "I am allowed to do anything."
Yes; but not everything is good for you
I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I am not going to let anything make me its slave
. 13 Someone else will say, "Food is for the
stomach, and the stomach is for food."
Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body. 14
God raised the Lord from death, and he will also raise us by his power.
In his first letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul also states "I wish everyone could get along without marrying, just as I do. But we are not all
the same. God gives some the gift of marriage, and to others he gives the gift of singleness.
I believe what Paul is saying not only applies to marriage, but sex as well.
It's not that sex itself is a sin...but sex is a road travelled by many sinners. Look at all the "evil"(if I can really use that term) that
accompanies sex...teenage pregnancies...divorce...adultery...lust...rape...STD's...psychological issues within children of broken homes....and most
importantly...SEX becomes an idol...
Paul writes: "In everything you do, I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's
work and thinking how to please him. 33 But a married man can't do that so well. He has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please
All to often, our flesh becomes our ruler and it only seeks to please itself. Sex is one method of pleasure for the flesh....to deny this is to deny
the pleasure found in the Spirit...
Does your spirit need sex to be pleased? Are you faithful to the flesh or to the spirit? We know we cannot have two "masters"....