God’s Gift: Human Sexuality
Human sexuality is one of the most beautiful gifts ever given by God to His creation. Join us as we explore the magnificent beauty and profoundness of this gift to discover God’s love, truth, and life.
Navigating Masturbation: a Consideration for Christians
If you are a person of faith, you should continue reading this because you believe in a Creator God, and as such, you are interested in what the Bible, the Word of God, has to say about how you live your life. If you are not a person of faith but are somewhat curious about what the Bible says about how you live your life, then you may also benefit from reading this.
Beyond Abstinence: Presenting God’s Ideal for Sexual Intimacy
It was the first night of teen camp. As camp pastor, I led the nightly Bible study. The camp director instructed me to let the campers choose the topic; so I gathered my eager students around and popped the question: “What would you like to study?”
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When I was born, my mother was conflicted about having a daughter instead of a son. As a young child, my mom’s unspoken desire influenced my life, and my mother and I never fully connected emotionally. I remember feeling frustrated by her expectations…
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From a young age, I was extremely insecure about my looks and my personality. My hobbies and interests were considered more feminine, and I envied and admired the more masculine guys who seemed so confident around the girls. To complicate matters, I was exposed to pornography at age 7.
What’s the big deal with homosexuality? The older people in my church often refer to homosexuality as a sin. Why would it be a sin if God made a person that way? Isn’t God and the Bible all about love? So why should it make a difference who a person loves? Does God really expect someone to live without love for their entire life if they were born homosexual? This doesn’t seem fair. What do you think?
This is a question to which science has not been able to provide a definitive answer. However, we have this inspired counsel from Ellen White: “Those who put their trust in Christ are not to be enslaved by any hereditary or cultivated habit or tendency. Instead of being held in bondage to the lower nature, they are to rule every appetite and passion. God has not left us to battle with evil in our own finite strength. Whatever may be our inherited or cultivated tendencies to wrong, we can overcome through the power that He is ready to impart.” (Ministry of Healing, pp. 174, 175).
The Bible says decisions whether to have sex before marriage and when to have sex in marriage are not based upon how you feel; don’t make decisions based upon your emotions, and never underestimate the power of feelings. There are feelings that are misplaced and there are feelings that are misinterpreted. Misplaced feelings are giving God-ordained passions the wrong assignment.