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Running head: THEOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND SEX1Theology of Sexuality and SexLiberty University
THEOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND SEX2AbstractThe general perception as it relates to sexuality and sex is that God has given a list of rules that if followed, he will be pleased, but the list of rules are designed to prevent humans from experiencing the very best this life has to offer. While the Bible does provide guidance on how to live life, there is nothing in God’s word that is designed to bring about anything less than the best for God’s people. Sex is something that God created and it was not just for procreation, as God intended it to be an intimate act that would reflect his goodness in the marriage. The Bible does say that marriage was designed by God and that design was created for a man and a woman, but sexuality has been on the attack as well. This paper will review what God’s word has to say about sexuality, sex and the truth behind the heart of God.
THEOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND SEX3LoveThe most powerful force in the universe is love (Rouse & Slade, 2016). Love is what a child needs more than any other verb in their life, and that love is desired from the moment they enter the world (Campbell, 2015). It’s not just what a child needs more than anything else, it’s also what every person on the planet needs (Ingram, 2016). Since the beginning of time, love has been the motivating desire of God’s heart. In fact, 1John 4:8 defines God by one word, which is love. God’s love is unconditional which means his love is not dependent on performance, and it is this unconditional love that the world is desperately searching for (Ingram,2016). The universal solution is understanding that there is an all knowing, all powerful, infinitereference point that is ready and available to offer love, forgiveness, healing, and support (Ingram, 2016). The universal problem is that God’s love simply exists because he exists and the human love is conjured up and worked upon (Rouse & Slade, 2016). The disconnect between the love in which God provides and human love has caused many to look for cheap substitutes in the form of money, power, beauty, and sex (Higton, 2008). There cannot be a discussion about love without the talking about truth. In three of the four Gospels Jesus is asked, “‘Rabbi, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 2:3 –40). There are those who are full of grace and forgiveness comes easily to them and there is no topic that cannot be forgiven through the grace God provides. On the other side of the coin are those who are full of truth and call out sin and in doing so sometimes come acrossbeing holier than thou and have more of a negative effect than a positive effect for the Gospel.