Sexual Morality

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Sexual Morality

  1. 1. SEXUAL MORALITY George
  2. 2. THE WORLD WE LIVE IN  We lived in a sex-charged society  Numerous suggested sexual acts on media  Human sexuality has prominent place  Human sexuality is gift from God  Strong relationship between husband and wife and children  State steps in when church and family fails
  3. 3. CHANGE IN SOCIAL NORMS  Incest  Adultery  Divorce  Life long monogamous marriage  Cohabitation  Friends with benefits
  4. 4. SEXUAL REVOLUTION  Penicillin & the pill  Infection, Detection and Conception  1930 Anglican church approve birth control  1980 Aids  Introduction of TV and Internet  Feminism
  5. 5. FACTORS INFLUENCING US  Secularism  Privatisation  Media Exposure  Scientific Frankness  Therapeutic Values
  6. 6. STATISTICS  Link
  7. 7. 3 VIEWS ON PREMARITAL SEX  Natural Impulse View  Affection View  Abstinence View
  8. 8. NATURAL IMPULSE VIEW  Playboy View  Sex is a natural impulse or instinct  Contraceptives are easily available and reliable  Sex is purely a pleasurable physical experience  Just like good food and drink  People should take pleasure without guilt
  9. 9. SUPPORT  Sex is a natural impulse  Rousseau argue society tainted man  Return to natural is good  Sexual repression is bad  Mankind ought to maximise pleasure
  10. 10. OBJECTIONS  Maximise pleasure is good?  Return to nature is good?  Reduced pleasure  Possibility of pregnancy  STD  Casual or recreation sex lacks full meaning  Deu 22:28-29, Prov 5, 7:25-27, 1Cor 5:9, 6:12- 20, Eph 5:3-5
  11. 11. AFFECTION VIEW  Ethics of Intimacy  Moderately positive towards marriage  Sexual freedom is praised, guided by intimacy  First be together, then marriage
  12. 12. SUPPORT  Sexual intercourse,  an expression of love and care  Each partner retain his or her independence  Right to intimacy created by compatibility  Not covenant  Sex is a private matter  Sex can be no string attached  No double standard in sex  Sex demands maturity
  13. 13. OBJECTIONS  Affection, love and imtimacy not strong  To deal with impulse (walking lion)  In passion of moment, anything is love  Christian ethics place will not emotion  At heart of human behaviour  True intimacy is developed through  persistence self sacrifice
  14. 14. MORE OBJECTIONS  Sex act may over commit the couple  Great sex not equal great marriage  Premarital sex destroys something unique of marriage
  15. 15. ABSTINENCE VIEW  Most conservative view  Either marriage, with complete faithfulness  To your partner or else total abstinence  Prohibition of sex outside marriage  Will strengthen marriages.
  16. 16. SUPPORTS  Bible  Sex act involves whole person  STD  Pregnancies
  17. 17. OBJECTIONS  Unwanted pregnancies  Promises of lovers, private or public  Late marriages – Education, housings, careers  Failing view – teaching abstinence not successful
  18. 18. SEXUAL MORALITY WITHIN MARRIAGE  Both OT and NT teach  Procreative, monogamous marriage  Sexuality is for more than reproduction  It is for social and personal enrichment  Song of Songs
  19. 19. EXTENDED TREATMENT IN NT  1 Corinthians 7  Sexual desire is a legitimate reason to marry  Husband and wife have sexual duty  Need mutual consent.  Adultery is wrong in both OT and NT  Marriage is commanded by God  As a lifelong relationship.  (So choose carefully)
  20. 20. LETS TALK ABOUT DATING  file:///C:/Users/George/Documents/Christian%20Eth ics/%28Jesus%20Approved%29%20Christian%20 Dating%20tips%20%2018%20Common%20Sense %20Principles%20for%20Dating.%20_%20Timeout .htm  file:///C:/Users/George/Documents/Christian%20Eth ics/16%20Christian%20Dating%20Principles%20P art%201%20_%20Crossway.htm
  21. 21. HOW FAR CAN WE GO?  Kissing?  Hugging?  Which base?  Sex after marriage – a good line?  Playing with fire.  1 Cor 6:18
  22. 22. MASTURBATION  Social scientists estimate up to 90% males  Lower for female but majority do  Survey show within happy marriage as well  Christianity Today survey  31% laypersons and 30% pastors OK  32% laypersons and 35% pastors Wrong  37% laypersons and 35% pastors Maybe
  23. 23. MODERN SCIENCE  Does not cause insanity, sterility, birth defects ..  May develop psychological disorder in extreme case  Some Christians are tolerant towards it.
  24. 24. CHRISTIAN VIEWS ON MASTURBATION  It is always morally wrong.  Always accompanied by lust.  Often lead or followed by pornography  Past view leads to insanity, sterility and …… (Wrong)
  25. 25. HERBERT MILES  Masturbation used sparingly  Within limits, by teenage boys (Highly sexist)  Until marriage is morally permissible.
  26. 26. ARGUMENT  Practice is widespread, therefore need  Sexual desire is strong in young boys.  Girls not included.  Must be sparing, not an obsession.  Thank God for gift and fulfilling it later.  Practice must ceased upon marriage.
  27. 27. OUR VIEW  Bible never directly address this issue  Application of biblical principles.  Masturbation includes lust and  Desire for another person (Not your wife)  It is usually related to pornography  It enslaving in nature!  So should we encourage early marriage?
  28. 28. PORNOGRAPHY  3 kinds  Pictures – Playboy, Penthouse magazines  Videos – Cat III, hard core video  Literature – 50 Shades of Grey  Only Literature is legal in Singapore  Due to internet
  29. 29. BEFORE WE END IT, EXPLAIN IT  Why is sex addictive?  Dopamine, Oxytocin and Vasopressin  Brain internal reward system  Internal heroin  Helps in bonding between husband and wife  But clouds judgment when separating  God created our body to bond  With who we marry.
  30. 30. ETHICAL PROBLEM  Widower with 2 young kids  One autistic  Met younger woman  Woman don’t want to inherit kids  Widower consider cohabitation  What would you tell widower?  Reject, Wait for marriage, Cohabitation

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