As a safety net to protect us from plunging headlong into ridiculous presumptions, we should note several things. All I know is that petting and sex talk are playing with nitroglycerine and that what is safe for one person might not be safe for another. Sex without a marriage license? Such descriptive rules mask the participant's perspective: It would be to our shame, and with terrifying consequences, to treat our Creator and Judge with such disdain. At the very least, if a couple want sex before the big wedding that they do not yet have finances for, they should legally marry before the big wedding and announce this to the world.
But in other societies a partner must be chosen from a different group than one's own — exogamy , this may be the case in societies practicing totemic religion where society is divided into several exogamous totemic clans, such as most Aboriginal Australian societies. This shocks senseless anyone mesmerized by current western thinking or should I say brainwashing? In practice, this usually has the effect of encouraging observers to take even greater liberties than you had taken. From this the man would be proved guilty of slandering his wife. In some societies the rule is that a partner is selected from an individual's own social group — endogamy , this is often the case in class- and caste-based societies. Concubinage Polygyny usually grants wives equal status, although the husband may have personal preferences. Of the societies reported by the American anthropologist George Murdock in , only the Kaingang of Brazil had any group marriages at all. The Abrahamic covenant, which all Jews entered into, was sealed by male circumcision. Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? There is a deep spiritual significance in a virgin bride shedding blood on her wedding night. The great spiritual hazard in trying to push the limits of what is acceptable is that it is not only questionable in itself but most observers would be unable to tell the difference between your actions and immorality, and so some would be tempted to follow what they consider to be your example and commit blatant immorality. This Scripture reveals that the mystery of sex is intertwined with a spiritual mystery. Like a virgin at the consummation of her marriage, circumcision involved the shedding of human blood from the organ of marital union. More recent studies have found 53 societies outside the 28 found in the Himalayans which practice polyandry. Such marriages are illegal in most countries due to incest restrictions. We will see later that this is a key Scripture for a true understanding of sex, but for the moment note the original context of the verse Jesus cited. A one night stand? Consider the prostitute Scripture warns against becoming one with. As I counsel people who have suffered sexual abuse I am continually astounded by how extensively it has affected them. If so, God would hold them responsible for yielding to the temptation, but he would hold you responsible for causing the temptation. Examples include the Celtic practice of handfasting and fixed-term marriages in the Muslim community. Hypergamy Some people want to marry a person with higher or lower status than them. This critical piece fits the jigsaw. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? This might also explain the rather startling omission of any divinely-ordained wedding rituals.
Video about sex and the marriage covenant:
Marriage is a Covenant, Not a Contract
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