For years I heard that fornication
meant sex before marriage, until I
studied it out for myself. In the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and the
original Greek (New Testament) the word used means 'lewdness', an example
of, was sexual intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman
In the Old Testament, this was adultery.
Other examples: Leviticus 21:9-(word
here, 'whore', is the same original used here in Ezekiel
16:26 and translated 'fornication'); Ephesians
In the New Testament the word fornication
is used broadly to mean much the same-–-'lewdness'.
In modern religious usage, the word has acquired a meaning more limited
than its signification in the scriptures, mostly today meaning a prostitute.
have thought that the Kingdom Of God is a sexless realm.
God looks on the heart (1Samuel 16:7;
16:15), whatever in your relationship with God that you contemplate
that would be lewdness, you should
not do -Romans 14:23.
If lewdness to you is superficial
relationships and having sex with a different partner as often you can,
then you shouldn't.
If oral sex, etc. is lewdness to you
(but know this:-the bed is undefiled -Hebrews
13:4), then don't.
grow in grace and knowledge, knowledge that you can have confidence is
correct. Come to see things from God's perspective
If having a marriage certificate by
the state is what makes you feel comfortable before sex, then get one!
If you wish to live common law or in some other arrangement, know that
in all things you should live from the highest and sincerest intentions
from your heart. Some write up an agreement and commit to it. Others
require no such agreement. Have vision and govern your life with
wisdom. Be sure the one you want to be committed to is the
right one for you. Consider where
are going in life overall
and just why you want a partner.
Marriage is the only lottery licensed
by the state and supported by the clergy!
Many today don't want a committed
relationship. They just want to play with one another and then another.
Weddings are a good custom.
If it's of the true feelings of the heart and not a fraud, then it is expressing
publicly the sincerest heartfelt commitment by both parties.
Weddings are a very positive and hopeful
celebration of continued happiness together. Wedding rings are a courteous
expression of this hope and commitment.
A definition of insanity is:-Doing
the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.
One should know another well,
committing to whatever type
of outward appearance a relationship may take (see 'Mating'),
whether it begins in a little private ceremony, a large wedding ceremony,
or just a sincere prayer for each other after you've decided to live together
with perhaps an agreement (example).
It matters to God that you be happy. He is most concerned
with your spirit -Hebrews 12:9. The
flesh will one day be gone -Mark 12:25.
one should live using wisdom (Ecclesiastes
7:2) considering effects of all decisions. I mean venereal disease
and aids are scourges of the day aren't they?
Living carelessly is living dangerously.
Living freely in Christ throws the responsibility upon us to govern ourselves
for our and for others' good to the best of our knowledge, ability and
with the various levels of control and/or lack of control we all individually
decide to exercise over our lives.
Some decisions can obligate one to
severely pay; be it divorce for whatever causes it (perhaps lack of knowledge
on what to look for in another, how
to treat each other, etc.), be it disease, be it incontinence, be it careless
driving and so on.
Some decisions just may not give a
second chance at life or, greatly reduce one's ability to express in the
same way again (disabilities, etc.).
Because it is the age of grace doesn't
mean, that for you, it has to be the time of abusive and/or dangerous decisions
regarding one's actions. It's the age of God's grace, not the age of careless
Some, with vision can be patient in
waiting for what they want, such as 'the
right one', as they are able to keep busy focused upon the main reason
that they have been called to God in this time -Philippians
1:27. Others must 'jump in', like-–-'right
now' -1Corinthians 7:6-9. They
need to take time to think about what they know and about what they continue
to learn regarding God in order to become steadfast and
In all things concerning yourself
and others, plan to live peaceably -Romans
13:4 says God will judge whoremongers. I checked and in the original
the word's root is the same as for fornication and means lewdness.
Paul is saying that the way of God is not one of lewdness
and adultery, both selfish
things (verse 5).
Realize instead that one can be content
in Christ as all
things good for us are in Him, and because He
is in us one can be content that all things will continue unfolding
in his experience.
And how will
God judge them?
does "as is fit in the Lord" mean -Colossians
As would be fitting or proper for a Christian to adopt
Once one is 'saved', he is as good
as being in the physical Kingdom of God, now being in the spiritual one
(the family of God).
job for a Christian now is to become as effective as he or she can
In this particular verse's context,
it's talking of male/female intimate relationships.
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