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5 Shocking Sexual Traditions From Around The World
Fornication , Biblical law in Christianity , Religious views on masturbation , Christianity and sexual orientation , Homosexuality and Christianity , and Phallic saints Biblical references to sex and sexuality[ edit ] There are several references to sexuality in the Bible. Biblical interpretation has varied throughout time and across traditions, and therefore has variably shaped the thinking of Christians on sex. Interpretation of these texts within Christian tradition vary. While much of scripture has served to promote chastity, celibacy , and heterosexual marriages and denounce actions such as premarital sexual behavior and homosexuality, some denominations and groups including but not limited to Feminist , Queer , and Black Theologians have used these texts and others to further sex-positivity within a Christian context. Under this view, Paul, believing that the world would soon end, took it as a corollary that all earthly concerns,  including sex, should hold little interest for Christians. Paul did, however, support marriage, and sex within marriage. New Testament scholar N. Wright asserts that Paul absolute forbade fornication, irrespective of a new Christian's former cultural practices. Wright notes "If a Corinthian were to say, 'Because I'm a Corinthian, I have always had a string of girl-friends I sleep with, that's part of our culture,' Paul would respond, 'Not now you're a Christian you don't. When someone disagreed with Paul's clear rules on immorality or angry disputes, the matters he deals with in Colossians 3. There is no place in the Christian fellowship for such practices and for such a person. The theologian Lee Gatiss states that "the word " fornication " has gone out of fashion and is not in common use to describe non-marital sex. However, it is an excellent translation for [the Biblical term] porneia, which basically referred to any kind of sex outside of marriage This has been contested One way patristic thinkers tried to harmonize the texts was through the position that there had actually been no sexual intercourse in Eden: Gregory of Nyssa, On Virginity, 12 "He did not yet judge of what was lovely by taste or sight; he found in the Lord alone all that was sweet; and he used the helpmeet given him only for this delight, as Scripture signifies when it said that he knew her not till he was driven forth from the garden, and till she, for the sin which she was decoyed into committing, was sentenced to the pangs of childbirth. We, then, who in our first ancestor were thus ejected, are allowed to return to our earliest state of blessedness by the very same stages by which we lost Paradise. Pleasure, craftily offered, began the Fall, and there followed after pleasure shame, and fear, even to remain longer in the sight of their Creator, so that they hid themselves in leaves and shade; and after that they covered themselves with the skins of dead animals; and then were sent forth into this pestilential and exacting land where, as the compensation for having to die, marriage was instituted". Man did need a helper, and she came into being; not even then did marriage seem necessary Desire for sexual intercourse, conception, labor, childbirth, and every form of corruption had been banished from their souls. As a clear river shooting forth from a pure source, so they were in that place adorned by virginity. Why was there no intercourse in paradise? Why not the pains of childbirth before the curse? Because at that time these things were superfluous". And even as she, having indeed a husband, Adam, but being nevertheless as yet a virgin for in Paradise they were both naked, and were not ashamed, inasmuch as they, having been created a short time previously, had no understanding of the procreation of children: But the Virgin Mary received faith and joy, when the angel Gabriel announced the good tidings to her One noteworthy element in some of the above Fathers is use of arguments from fittingness, which had a place in ancient rhetoric , though are perceived as heuristic in contemporary philosophy. God is, God is good,  God made the world, a good God would make the world as perfectly as possible. Epistemological arguments from fittingness are associated with medieval philosophy,   but are also used in the ancient period. Justin Martyr and Epiphanius of Salamis employ arguments from fittingness — in their view, it is more elegant that there be a symmetry between the virgin that caused the fall and the virgin that caused salvation. Eve-Mary typology appears to have been one of the first prominent strands in Christian Mariology. In addition to the above examples, the reader might refer to Origen 's Against Celsus, Book I, chapter Arguments from fittingness are also used in ethics and aesthetics in the ancient world. John Noonan suggests that "if one asks From the beginning of the thirteenth century, the Catholic Church formally recognized marriage between a freely consenting, baptized man and woman as a sacrament — an outward sign communicating a special gift of God's love. The Council of Florence in gave this definition, following earlier Church statements in , and declared that sexual union was a special participation in the union of Christ in the Church. Further, marriage was said to be for the "relief of concupiscence "  as well as any spiritual purpose. The Catholic moral theologian Charles E. Curran stated "the fathers of the Church are practically silent on the simple question of masturbation". The monks' vow made masturbation an illicit act; the act itself was not considered sinful
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