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Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?

I recently became aware of the concept of soaking, as an "alternative" to sexual intercourse, which is allegedly practiced by certain Mormons, as a moral way to express one's premarital desire for ...
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Do I have to admit to not being a virgin when preparing for a Catholic wedding?

I'm about to go to pre-cana. If the priest finds out I'm not a virgin then can the church deny my marriage application? Does the priest have the liberty to ask? Do I have the liberty not to answer ...
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What is considered chaste behaviour from a Catholic perspective?

The Catholic church teaches that sexual love between a man and a woman is to be reserved to within marriage. My question is in the opinion of the Catholic church what is defined as pre-marital1 ...
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What is the basis for the idea that marriage requires a ceremony?

Adam and Eve were never shown to have had a marriage ceremony, yet God commanded them to multiply. What is the basis for the idea that God requires a ceremony to be performed for marriage, rather ...
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How widespread is the safe environment program in Catholic Catechetical programs?

Tomorrow I get to once again do the safe environment class as directed by my diocese (Madison). I was just wondering, because I have nearly no way of knowing other than to maybe randomly get an ...
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What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is a sin?

There's definitely two sides to this coin, some people say that masturbation is not a sin that leads to death, others say that it's a sin because Jesus commands us to deny the desires of our flesh. ...
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Clarification of what sexual immorality is? [closed]

to my understanding the following is what comprises Sexual immorality. Male homosexuality, incest, adultery, and bestiality. I want to know if oral sex is included even if it's done in marriage?
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Is impotence developed AFTER the marriage (and consummation) a ground for annulment in Catholic canon law?

I understand that antecedent impotence is ground for annulment in Catholic canon law. But what if the impotence develops AFTER the marriage? Would that also be a ground for annulment?
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Does the act of sex constitute marriage in God's eyes? [closed]

I came across this verse today (bold added): 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NASB) 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them ...
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Why do the Abrahamic religions tend to keep sexuality in the private sphere? [closed]

The three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, generally view sex and sexuality as a taboo: Private matters, restricted from the public sphere (both the practice and discussion of ...
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What is the basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex?

The title pretty much asks the question, but let's set the stage like this: Two people meet in High School, have sex, then eventually get married. What does the bible say about sex prior to ...
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Can humans fall in love with each other in heaven? [closed]

How does falling in love work in heaven? Do we still fall in love? Is it possible to fall in love with more than one person? Or are we set to love just one person or none at all? Are intimate ...
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The inhabitants of Heaven will express love intimately through the use of their sex organs? [closed]

I have often wondered on our relationships in the New Earth, after resurrection. Men and women will enjoy each another in a physical sense? will we still have "sexual feelings", And sexual pleasure ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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Do any sects permit consensual open marriages?

1 Corinthians 7:4 says: The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his ...
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Is BDSM dealt with in Scripture? [closed]

The Bible seems to be very specific about when sex is or isn't a sin. From my understanding, The Bible's stance on sexual activity could be summed up as "Any sexual activity unless it is consensual ...
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Is masturbation equivalent to premarital sex? [closed]

I apologize for any ignorance I may display in my asking this question but I'm a little confused. I have been searching for the meaning of sexual immorality in order to fully understand what the ...
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Is there Biblical support for the concept that 'Whenever a man lies with a woman…a transcendental relation is set up between them'?

Inspired by an earlier question, I'm not disagreeing with the opinion of C.S. Lewis, but I'm unable to think of any direct biblical support for it. What is the Biblical basis for Lewis's quote? ...
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Where is this C.S. Lewis quote from?

Talking to a friend, he wrote: In the words (approximate) of C.S. Lewis, "Everytime a man sleeps with a woman, it creates a bit more of a spiritual connection that must be either eternally enjoyed ...
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How does Christianity explain the health benefits of sexual intercourse

I have a lot of friends (both Christians and non-Christians) that are currently taking human sexuality courses in school. These friends will come to me and tell me about the health benefits of sexual ...
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What is the difference between lust and sexual desire?

How can two people possibly have a sexual relationship without each objectifying the other to some degree, which is lust? I was taught that lust is "excessive or unrestrained sexual desire" — assuming ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for born-again virginity?

The concept of being born again as a virgin spiritually (although physical virginity is no longer in tact) has been a catchphrase I've noticed in the past few years. Is there a Biblical basis for this ...
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Why was having concubines not a sin like adultery?

The Old Testament records many instances of men having concubines or many wives. Why did having concubines not fall under the sin of adultery? 2 Samuel 5:13 - "After he left Hebron, David took more ...
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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
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Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)? [duplicate]

I have heard many people ask and now I have been considering the question myself. Will there be sex on the new Earth? What is the reasoning for either position?
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Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed]

It is quite common for people who identify themselves as homosexual to say that God created them this way. Some way even go so far as to say it was a misfortune that they were born into: ...
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Why is rape not in the 10 commandments?

Seems like a good one to touch on. I'm sure there could have been room in there somewhere if he wanted it. Why not?
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Is premarital sex πορνεία (porneia)?

This question is pretty much a spinoff of What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? because its current answer depends on the assumption that premarital sex is πορνεία ...
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According to the Bible, is it a sin to marry a non-virgin?

According to the Bible, is it a sin to marry someone who is not a virgin? For the purpose of this question, lets exclude dealing with the following scenarios: the special cases of somebody not ...
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How does a Roman Catholic reconcile a preference for purely procreative sex with the Song of Solomon?

Premise #1: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that sex is for procreation Peter Turner has an excellent answer to the question on Onan. In it, he suggests that Onan really was misusing sex, and that ...
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Why Can Prostitutes Come to Solomon?

According to 1 Kings 3:16-28, two prostitutes came to Solomon for a judgment over their dispute concerning a child. Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him... Then the king ...
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God created male and female… What about those who do not fit in the box?

Often times I hear the argument that marriage is between a man and a woman, God made them male and female, (adam and eve not adam and steve ..etc). My question is for those who do not fit into the ...
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What is the significance of Eve being created as a “helper fit for [Adam]?”

The Bible appears to indicate that there was a specific purpose in the creation of Eve, from Adam, to be a helper fit for him. It seems, then, that the design of Adam and Eve may be distinct, while ...
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Unexpected sexual incompatibility in marriage [closed]

The Bible teaches that sex should be limited to married couples. But these days many people in Western societies think that it is wise for a couple to sleep together before getting married so that ...
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Sex and Pleasure?

Is there any biblical defensible position for arguing that sex is for pleasure? Obviously this was not so to the early church fathers, but I also think it would be naive to miss that they were coming ...
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What is the thesis of the church towards asexuality?

What is the position of the Church on asexuals? An asexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction towards any person, thus does not desire to have sex. Asexuality is distinct from ...
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Why is sex between two consenting adults sin? [closed]

My understanding is that murder is a sin because I don't have rights on another person's life in the same way that another person doesn't have rights over my life. Likewise stealing would be a sin ...
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Is Mary's virginity evidence that sex is always sinful?

It seems that sex is always a sin, as evidenced by the fact that Jesus had to be born of a virgin and not by traditional conception in order to be sinless. Is this true? Any viewpoint is welcome.
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Is incest a sin? [closed]

If we all descended from one man and one woman then it's quite apparent that a third generation was not possible without the sexual union of close relatives. Does the Bible (or other Christian ...
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How do Christians in support of gay marriage interpret anti-gay Bible verses?

I don't want to spark a debate, but I'm curious how Christians in support of gay marriage interpret seemingly anti-gay Bible verses? See the following: Leviticus 20:13 If a man has sexual ...
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What is the Catholic Church's attitude to the use of Viagra in marriage?

Is there an obligation to use Viagra if it would enable a couple to have children which they otherwise couldn't? This question originated from Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro ...
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What is the difference between Lust and Love in the heart?

How does one know the difference between Lust and Love? For example (Hypothetically speaking, of course):•if someone has sex before marriage but they have true love only God knows if it's sin or not. ...
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Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about “less than sex”? [closed]

Inspired by Is masturbation a sin? This is a tough subject that I've grappled with my whole life. It's clear in God's word that sex outside of marriage (adultery) is a sin. But, what is acceptable ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to?

In the bible when it refers to the two becoming one flesh, does it mean: The physical act of sex creates a position where both body's are connected or The flesh from man and flesh from woman ...
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What is the Roman Catholic position on the validity of the marriage between an infertile man and infertile woman?

What is the Roman Catholic position on the validity of the marriage between an infertile man and infertile woman? Also, from this standpoint, what is the difference between a marriage in which both ...
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Is the “belly of a whore” phrase from the Bible?

Several times, I have heard a phrase along the lines of "It is better to plant thy seed in the belly of a whore than to be cast upon the ground." Is there a biblical reference for this phrase? I ...
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Did the Church Fathers advocate celibacy?

What were the Church Fathers' views on celibacy? Did they see celibacy as a higher or more spiritual calling than marriage? Did they see marriage as incompatible with a spiritual life? Was there ...
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Why do Protestants allow contraception?

The Catholic Church is strongly against contraception. Most Protestants nowadays accept it; I gather it was less common in the past. Of course it's possible that Protestants have just given in to ...
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What does the Bible say about birth control?

This is my first question here! I'm Christian and I've read the Bible for a while, but I haven't seen anything related to birth control. I know that Paul says that husband and wife can agree to ...