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THEO 303 (Su '15) T17 - Sexual Ethics (Part 1)

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Transcript of THEO 303 (Su '15) T17 - Sexual Ethics (Part 1)

Sources and Image Credit
Adopted key thoughts from Dennis P. Hollinger,
The Meaning of Sex
(Baker, 2009).
1)
Sexual Ethics (Part 1)
The Christian Worldview and Sex
- C. S. Lewis once observed, “I believe in Christianity
as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because
I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
1)
Distortions in Nature
- fallenness of nature; distortions in the world
Rediscovering the Meaning of Sex
- we make sense of the meaning of sex when we set
it in the context of the biblical narrative of creation,
fall, redemption, and consummation
Creation
- in creation that we begin to understand what God
was up to in making us sexual beings
A Good Gift of God
- the goodness of the physical realm
Imago Dei
- humanity is set apart from the rest of the created
order
Embodied Souls (or Ensouled Bodies)
- Adam, a finite creature
- we see God’s original intentions
- the goodness of the human body, human
sexuality, and the gift of sex
- biblical commands protect the beauty and meaning
of God’s good gift
- Gen 1:26-27, the crowning point of God's creation
- part of the meaning is the relational capacity
- Christ, the perfect image
- Gen 2:18 -> created to be in relationship
- humans are sexual beings
- “helper” -> a sign of mutuality for carrying out
God’s stewardship designs within creation
- we always exist and relate to others as both
human and male or female
- in marriage sexual intimacy expresses the depth,
uniqueness, and fruitfulness that reflect
relationship in the Triune God
Givens in Creation with Regard to Sex
- God ordains sexuality, sexual intercourse,
procreation, and marriage (Gen. 1-2)
Fall
- understand the realities of sexual impulses and
temptations within the Christian narrative
Distortions with God
- Gen. 3:5-6
Distortions Within
- disproportionate longing for pleasure
- we are ensouled bodies or embodied souls (Gen 2:7)
- to give ourselves physically while holding back our
total selves in the sexual act is to miss the full
meaning, power, and beauty of God’s good gift
- sexual act is a giving of our total self to the other
- marriage, the context for both (Gen. 2:18, 21–22,
24–25; Matt. 19:4-6)
- the potential of procreation (Gen. 1:28)
- the significance of sexual intercourse (Gen. 2:24)
- sex is still God's good gift to humanity
- sexual sin is first and foremost against God
- rejecting God’s design for sex
- sinful lust is impulsive and unrestrained desire
Distortions in Relationships
- Human relationships are now broken
- sex can be a tool to manipulate, control, and harm
the other
- 2 Samuel 13
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