The Bible addresses a diverse range of topics regarding our everyday lives. Some of the key themes included in the Holy Book are that of sex, relationships, and marriage. Sex is variedly approached depending on religious and cultural factors instilled in a person. The view of a particular group of people in society on sex might vary from that of the Bible. As a result, the Holy Book has been a key reference for Christians seeking to understand sex, relationships, and marriage. Most Christians’ stance on sex and marriage raises many concerns on the Book’s portrayal of sex and whether it is contradictory or not.
An article by Prothero (2011) addresses the contradictions of the Bible regarding the topic of sex. Interestingly, Prothero (2011) engages Jennifer Knust, a professor and an author in the field of theology, clarifying the Biblical teachings on sex and what Christians should and should not pick from the Holy Book. Knust authored the book Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire purposely to change the view of the world that the Bible should not be perceived as a sexual rulebook and a reference for matters pertaining sex, a fact that is easy to agree to.
The narrative that sex before marriage (premarital sex) is a sin is popular among Christian believers. Far from this, the Bible does not specifically prohibit premarital sex, which may mean that a majority of Christians who hold this idea may be wrong. Contrary to the belief, the Bible provides green light to premarital sex, and the book “Songs of Solomon”is a classic example of this. “Songs of Solomon” is the only book that does not touch on Godly aspects such as religion, prophecy, and laws among others but specifically talks about acts of sex between couples who are not married. Even though the book continues to be overlooked among believers, its contents are significant to the understanding and interpretation of sex. Thus, sex before marriage is far from being considered a sin.
Gay sex and marriage have evoked controversial debates among people and groups who do not seem to agree on its acceptability in the society. A majority of opposing parties to gay sex and marriage are Christians, and they base their arguments on perceived views of the Bible. Knust (2014) states that gay sex is not covered in the Bible, which is untrue. The “Sodom and Gomorrah” story, for instance, is basically about homosexuality and how morally wrong the practice is. The term sodomy is derived from the story. “Sodom and Gomorrah” is an illustration of how God dislikes homosexuality.
The Bible’s contradiction of sex is a result of misinterpretation and
assumptions, as Knust (2014) suggests. The Bible is a very important collection
of books for Christians as they relate to it in a very personal way. Contents
of the Bible describe the manner in which a person ought to live and relate
with others. However, its readers interpret the book selectively and pass on
their understanding to the rest of the world, a behavior that leads to some of
the contradictions associated with Biblical subjects. In as much as it touches
on sex and marriage, Bible should not be used as a rulebook for the subject as
it is not deep enough and diverse to adequately cover all aspects of sex and
Knust, J. (2014). Unprotected texts: The Bible’s surprising contradictions about sex and
desire. New York, NY: HarperCollins e-Books.
Prothero, S. (2011). The Bible’s contradictions about sex | BU Today | Boston University.
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