Biblical Sexuality

6 thoughts on “Biblical Sexuality”

  1. Feminine behavior and masculine behavior are social constructs. Gender roles were not created by God.

    Male and Female biology has nothing to do with what society deems feminine and masculine.

    1. I can’t stand the short-sighted “biblical” definitions of masculinity/femininity that are rooted more in American cultural models than anything found in scripture. Evangelical leaders like John Eldredge and Mark Driscoll have exalted this idol of “masculinity” that flies in the face of everything Christ taught us. Nowhere in the Bible does God establish anything resembling a model for gender roles, and we need to stop this idolatry in its tracks.

  2. For the sake of conversation I edited the blog. However, what I can’t stand is a theology that bypasses the bible. How can we overlook 2000 years of church history and clear biblical ethics on subjects pertaining to sexuality and God’s unique design.

  3. arsenokoitai

    A compound Greek word: literally men and bed.

    How do you answer the argument that it is meant to indicate the Greek practice of older (married men) having younger male sexual partners (i.e.–like Alexander the Great taking his lover on campaign with him, even when he was married)?

    1. Melissa,

      You are correct. Arsenokoitai is a compound word: arseno is the word for “a male,” and koitai is the word for “mat” or “bed.” Put the two halves together, and the word means “a male bed”. Contextually, we have a person who makes use of a “male-only bed” or a “bed for males.”

      The word meaning “bed” carries a strong sexual connotation for Paul. In fact, the Greek koitai is the source of our English word coitus (“sexual intercourse”). The conclusion is that the word arsenokoitai is referring to homosexuals—men who are in bed with other men, engaging in same-gender sexual activity. This would encompass Paul’s admonition against older married men having younger male sexual partners.

      The Pauline corpus is rather clear on its definition of terms and application through Hellenistic culture. Jesus is also very clear in the design of his sexual ethic, specifically around marriage. He defines gender and works to intensify his sexual ethic, “Even if a man looks at a woman…” He is not relaxing moral guidelines but rather tightening them. These are incredibly important issues in our time. I would be happy to discuss or answer any questions.

      If I may, I will offer my message entitled: “Homosexuality: A Christian Response” for a more in-depth exegetical work on Jesus’ sexual ethic and his use of the Genesis narrative. These are critical in understanding this important issue.

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