By J. Harold Ellens

ISBN-10: 0275987671

ISBN-13: 9780275987671

ISBN-10: 0313054134

ISBN-13: 9780313054136

What's the Bible's stance on such debatable concerns as homosexuality and polygamy? What does it need to say approximately sexual behaviors that a few might deem perverted or legal? Is intercourse constantly flawed whether it is no longer used to create life?Ellens solutions those and different questions in a ebook that argues that our realizing of what the Bible has to assert approximately intercourse is usually faulty. He corrects our impressions with a glance on the Scriptures themselves, considers what they may have intended to humans long ago, and displays on how we comprehend, or misunderstand, them this present day. concentrating on early interpretations and modern misconceptions, Ellens publications readers via what the Bible really says, exhibiting how those messages were interpreted in numerous contexts, and suggesting new methods of interpreting and translating them to be used in our personal lives. Readers hoping to arrive a greater knowing of the Bible's perspectives on sexual practices and sexuality often will locate their questions replied here.What does the tale of Adam and Eve show approximately intercourse and sexuality? What does the previous testomony say approximately intercourse and the way may possibly we interpret that during our personal lives this day? How does the hot testomony say we should always behave in our sexuality and our lives? What classes will we study from a more in-depth exam of the Bible and its teachings on human love, marriage, and sexuality? those are one of the questions Ellens solutions that allows you to support us all come to a greater figuring out of the present of sexuality and its attendant behaviors in our lives. In non-judgmental prose, he elucidates the Bible and our figuring out of its educating on those and comparable concerns.

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Sexuality and spirituality are, after all, closely linked in the Bible and in our personal experience. It seems quite clear that both are expressions of our hunger for meaning and our longing for connection with the ineffable 6 SEX IN THE BIBLE and transcendent dimensions of the human self. Sexual experience and expression, like spiritual experience and expression, are moved and driven by a deep inner vital force in our personalities that prompts us to reach out for the kind of connection with the other that we intuitively believe will make us whole and complete, while making the other, at the same time, rapturous and fulfilled.

All of us want to be in love, unless we have some significant psychological or social pathology. Some persons may not feel at all that they would like to be in love. This may be because they are afraid of intimacy or responsibility in relationship; or they may be worn out by a discouraging experience in which they really invested themselves. They may be depressed about life and lack the optimism and motivation that desiring love requires. They may have a pinched and constricted personality because of inherited shyness or a lousy home life as children.

The implication of this is plain. The Bible is a collection of writings about the human quest for meaning, particularly transcendent and eternal meaning; and about the meaning of the transcendent and eternal reality. This has to do with our life together before the face of God. Thus the Bible is inevitably a book that says a great deal about the nature and experience of sexuality. The Bible knows well and makes clear that sex is an integral part of the human spiritual quest, channeled through our psychological and physical machinery to connect us meaningfully with other humans, and through our psychological and spiritual machinery to connect us with God.

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