Love and Marriage

by Stan Mitchell
A common misconception of the Bible is that it regards sexual pleasure as sinful. In fact, the Bible is neither Victorian prude nor Hefnerian voyeur. Its handling of the subject is neither smutty nor prim.
Sex is not evil, and it was emphatically not the “original sin.” The Bible is matter-of-fact when dealing with the subject. Sometimes the Biblical accounts seem to have as many jumping hormones as an SUV packed with teenagers on a Friday night! Ancient people possessed the same drives and flaws as we do!
In the God-given, committed relationship of marriage, it is a gift, rich and rewarding.
“A lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love” (Proverbs 5:19, ESV).
Look at the words the Wise man uses. We are to “delight” with our spouses (surely a delicious euphemism for the joy of sex); he speaks of being “filled” with satisfaction and of being “intoxicated” by her!
It is not enjoyment of this gift that God condemns; it is our penchant to abuse the gift, to use it in a relationship for which it was not designed! The result is, as you know, heartbreak, broken families and AIDS, the most fearful plague of modern times. Like an electrical hot wire, sex needs the insulation of loving commitment to be enjoyed as God intended.

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