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THEO 303 (Sp '16) T25 - Sexual Ethics (Part 3)

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of THEO 303 (Sp '16) T25 - Sexual Ethics (Part 3)

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Adopted key thoughts from Scott B. Rae, Moral Choices (2009), chapter 10.
Sexual Ethics (Part 3)
The Challenge of Homosexuality
- avoid sexually tempting situations
- assess the damage that premature sexual relations
can do to a relationship
- can sow seeds of mistrust
Different meanings of the term homosexual
- true homosexual - sexual preference has been
- bisexual - can be sexually attracted to either gender
- situational homosexual - had some homosexual
- Bible speaks only against lust (Matt 5:27-29)
"Safe Sex"
- sex is not meant to be safe
Maintain sexual purity
Recover from sexual failure
- you are the garden of your Creator
- he can give you instructions for your part in the
restoration of the garden
- God can heal the emotional scars
Birth control
methods that prevent conception
are not problematic
cause the death of human persons,
either by preventing implantation or by expelling
the embryo from the uterus
Primary myths about homosexuality
- effeminate
- occurs only in the more artistic professions
- promiscuous
- always a chosen way of life
Developmental factors
(homosexual orientation)
- boy does not enter the “boy becoming man”
social processes with pleasure
- combination of an angry or absent father and a
close-bonding and/or domineering mother
- boy’s introduction to his sexuality
Romans 1:24-27
- Paul is condemning true heterosexuals who
are engaging in homosexual acts. (“natural”)
- because of sin, the human race developed the
potential for homosexuality
- homosexual male religious prostitutes in
idolatrous worship ceremonies
- Paul is condemning perverse expressions of
- Paul intended to condemn all homosexual
- “natural relations with women” - natural sexual
relationship is heterosexual and objective
Difference between being homoerotic and homosexual
- attraction is not sin, but it becomes sin when
that attraction is acted upon
- Bible condemns lust and sexual involvement
outside marriage
- church needs to offer grace, truth and
Arguments outside the Bible
- public health argument
- historical argument
- argument from moral philosophy
Legalizing same-sex marriages
- (pro) principle of fairness
- (critics) seeking the social and moral
validation of marriage
- (pro) personal autonomy - informed choices of
consenting adults
- (critics) opens the door to any type of
relationship between consenting adults
- realize that sex is not the glue that holds a
relationship together
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
- be rooted in Christ, God's word and empowered
by the Holy Spirit
"It is the intimacy with God through Christ that is most essential to our humanness as both image bearers and sinners. And it is in that intimacy that we come to see most fully the meaning of sex and the ethic that flows from it." (Hollinger)
- Select 1 of the 3 words and do some free
writing (~ 3 minutes)
- In groups of 3-4 share what you have written (~10
minutes); each group should come up with 1-2
questions to ask in class
Free Writing
(class exercise)
- Please write down 3 words that you
consider important of today's lesson
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