A good summary of permitted and prohibited sexual relations according to the Bible can be seen here: http://bostonbravery.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bible-marriage.jpg .
Valerie Tarico describes and analyzes in her blog – see: http://awaypoint.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/captive-virgins-polygamy-sex-slaves-what-marriage-would-look-like-if-we-actually-followed-the-bible/ – how God Almighty looks upon sexual relations and marriage according to the Pentateuch.
The big question is: Do Christians follow those rules and laws today? And if we don’t – how is it so?
We must remember what Jesus said according to Matthew 5:17: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
(Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington and the founder of Wisdom Commons. Her blog is really worth following, especially if you’re an atheist or heretic.)
Let me tell you a secret about Bible believers that I know because I was one. Most don’t actually read their Bibles. If they did, they would know that the biblical model of sex and marriage has little to do with the one they so loudly defend. Stories depicted in the Bible include rape, incest, master-slave sexual relations, captive virgins, and more. Now, just because a story is told in the Bible doesn’t mean it is intended as a model for devout behavior. Other factors have to be considered, like whether God commands or forbids the behavior, if the behavior is punished, and if Jesus subsequently indicates the rules have changed, come the New Testament.
Through this lens, you find that the God of the Bible still endorses polygamy and sexual slavery and coerced marriage of young virgins along with monogamy. In fact, he endorses all three to the point…
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