Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jesus on Celibacy

The (second to) Last Temptation of Christ
When is the last time you heard a sermon on celibacy (or chastity) at your church?

Matthew 19:
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”11 Jesus replied, Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

Of course Jesus himself was celibate, and we are told a man tempted in every way.

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