What’s this ‘Biblical morality’ we keep hearing about?

Is it feeding the hungry? Helping the poor? Visiting the sick and the imprisoned? Opposing injustice? Fighting against oppression? Giving away your possessions? Going the extra mile? Turning the other cheek? Respecting others? Loving your neighbour? Loving your enemies?

Or is just about sex? To read Christian web-sites and blogs, you’d think so. Jesus’ followers today are obsessed with it, which is why the God they make in their image is too. Sex that other people might be having, before marriage, during it; sex when it makes babies and when it doesn’t; sex with yourself; sex in the head, on the screen and in different positions; sex with too many partners, with the wrong partners and with partners of the same sex (the worst sin of all, apparently). They write about little else, because you see, what other people do in bed together is of great concern to God. It’s more important to him – or his self-appointed representatives on Earth, anyway – than hunger, oppression, slavery, injustice and genocide combined.

If only we all had sex like the Christian experts say we should (because it’s in the Bible) then we’d all be so much better off; civilisation wouldn’t be slipping into the abyss, God wouldn’t be so upset with us and we wouldn’t all be destined for hell.

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But morality isn’t just about sex. In fact, it has little to do with who we sleep with and when. Rather, morality is about how we treat others, as Jesus said (Luke 6.31). Of course, how we treat others in a sexual context is important, but it’s no more important than how we treat them in other contexts. That’s because morality is, or should be, all embracing. It’s long past time Christians stopped banging on about it as if it was the only concern of morality. Instead they could start treating those who do sex differently from them as they themselves would like to be treated. That, if there really is such a thing, would be true Biblical morality.

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4 thoughts on “What’s this ‘Biblical morality’ we keep hearing about?

  1. If you ask about Biblical morality: “Is it feeding the hungry? Helping the poor? Visiting the sick and the imprisoned? Opposing injustice? Fighting against oppression? Giving away your possessions? Going the extra mile? Turning the other cheek? Respecting others? Loving your neighbour? Loving your enemies?” Yes, you are quite correct; those are some parts of it.

    But just as these are extreme commands of moral purity, so too is the extreme sexual purity which Jesus Christ commands. So both you and these Christians you point out are partially correct about Biblical morality.

    Matthew 5:27-28: 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    Revelation 22:15: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.”Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.”

    May the Peace of Christ that transcends all understanding dwell in your heart forever and ever!

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      • Peace and fulfillment do come from belief in Christ. Why not give it a try? An experiment? Sounds like your scientific mind should have no problem self-experimenting with something like following Christ. If it doesn’t work out, let it go; if it does, keep following. Pascal’s wager alone suggests you should give it a go. 🙂

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  2. As I said, peace and fulfilment are equally possible without believing in Christ, which demonstrates that having faith in non-existent entities is not essential for a sense of well-being.
    If you read my ‘about the author’ bit, you’ll see I was a Christian for a long time. It didn’t ‘work out’. Why would I want to repeat a failed ‘experiment’?
    Pascal’s wager is hardly a sufficient reason to believe in God. You think if there is such a being he’ll be impressed that you believe in him as some sort of insurance policy?

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