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Scriptures used throughout Bible Sex Facts are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 1987 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
scripture verses should be studied within the context of the whole passage: who
said it, to whom was it said, why was it said, what happened before and after.
Therefore, the following verses should be studied from the Bible, within their
context. They are presented here for quick reference, only.
following verses are used by some to prove that birth control is a violation of
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Gen. 1:28
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Gen. 9:1
there was a need to replenish the earth when God spoke these words, that need
has been fulfilled in the light of today's overpopulation. It is not likely that
birth control will cause the race to die out. Lack of self control will take care
following reference is also cited by some as proof of God's disapproval of birth
control. It seems that Onan's sin was likely disobedience, not birth control.
9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the Lord's sight; so he put him to death also. Gen. 38:9-10.
There is no doubt how God feels about homosexuality. Genesis 19 (This is the classic story of how God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality.)
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them." . . .24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land.
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him."
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. [What is that penalty?]
While the Bible has many prohibitions regarding sexual relationships, God is clearly not opposed to full orgasmic satisfaction between a legally-married husband and wife, as shown in the Apostle Paul's writings about marriage.
1 Cor. 7:2. ... each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Heb. 13:4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure ...
The first of many commands against adultery; from "The Ten Commandments."
You shall not commit adultery. Ex. 20:14.
Jesus teaching about mental adultery, from His "Sermon on the Mount."
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt. 5:28.
few of the numerous injunctions against sexual immorality (fornication).
You are to abstain from ... sexual immorality. Acts 15:29
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery ... Rom. 13:13.
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 1 Cor. 6:18.
We should not commit sexual immorality ... 1 Cor. 10:8.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality ... Gal. 5:19
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality ... Eph. 5:3.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires ... Col. 3:5.
It is God's will that you should ... avoid sexual immorality; 1 Thess. 4:3.
Jude 1:7. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
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Preface and Introduction
Part 1: For Children
Part 2: For Single Persons
Part 3: For Married Persons
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix C: Questions with Answers
Appendix D: Normal Is Better than Average
Appendix E: A Special Message for Gays and Lesbians
Appendix F: Feedback From Readers
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