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Does the Bible admonish against “heterosexual” anal sex?

The Bible admonishes against "sodomy" and "lying with a man as with a women?" Is that a warning "only" against homosexuality? Or is it an admonition against anal sex, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief in incubus and succubus (sex demons)?

Many people believe in the existence of demonic entities who sexually assault people at night. They are popularly known by the names of incubus and succubus. I don't want to share explicit material on ...
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Are Christians not permitted to have sex with wife when she's on her period? [closed]

Acts 15:29 and 21:25 carry over four requirements from the old testament to apply to gentile Christians - one of which is abstaining from sexual immorality. In Leviticus 20:18, it makes a big deal ...
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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 do some Christians believe it is moral to be a homosexual?

(Note: I know this may start a firestorm, so I will be careful here.) I believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is immoral. I also believe that it does NOT condemn homosexuals to hell (a ...
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Why do the Ten Commandments not forbid bestiality? [closed]

Bestiality is forbidden in several verses of the Old Testament. For example: Exodus 22:19 Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape?

It is sometimes said that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that rape is a lesser sin than masturbation. Is this actually the case? Here are two examples: [In Aquinas's view], Because sins against nature ...
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What's is the case for premarital sex being an instance of 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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Early Christians who Defended Licitness of Non-Procreative Sex?

Were there any early Christians who defended non-procreative sex as licit?
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Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views (even personally) from any of the traditional Catholic Church doctrine?

Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views (even on a personal level) from any of the traditional Catholic Church doctrines? Two of the examples that are seen in the media are: Pope ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together “chastely” before marriage?

Many Christians say that a couple shouldn't live together before they get married, even if they are not having sex with each other. What is the Biblical basis for this position? Are there certain ...
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What is the “remedy of concupiscence”?

The "quieting of concupiscence" (remedium concupiscentiae) is one of the secondary ends of the sacrament of matrimony (cf. Casti Connubii §59), but what exactly is it? How does it "...
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Catholic Church - What happens when a married couple will never have sex?

Let's say that they just do not want to have sex for some reason after the wedding. Does it mean that their marriage can be annulled by the Catholic Church even if they were married for 10 years?
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by the gender they identify as?

Is it a sin against charity to confirm a transsexual lifestyle by using pronouns (such as she to address a transwoman) that the church says is an offense against the Natural Law?
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How do liberal Protestants reconcile support for transgenderism with scripture?

The Bible does not strike me as welcoming to transgenderism: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are ...
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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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In Roman Catholicism, does an individual's history of miscarriage lead to different or more specific guidance on pregnancy prevention?

As I understand it, Roman Catholicism teaches the following: Life begins at conception and therefore abortion is wrong Artificial birth control is wrong Under normal circumstances these teachings ...
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If Catholics have to be open to new life how can they practice Natural Family Planning?

I listened to a Christoper West audio recordings where he explains the theology of the body of JP2 writings. He keeps on saying how important it is to be open to new life within the marital act(sex). ...
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What significance do Catholics see in the fact that Adam and Eve 'knew each other' only after original sin?

From a Catholic perspective, what can be said about the fact that Adam and Eve 'knew each other' only after original sin?
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What is the scriptural 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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Would God allow all of humanity to be celibate?

God created the world with a process that involves sexuality to bring more people to existence to serve him. It doesn’t seem sustainable; if everyone achieved the degree of spirituality that the ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on oral sex and impotence?

According to the Catholic Church, are a married couple permitted to engage in oral sex when sexual problems such as impotence make vaginal sex impossible?
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What is the Catholic understanding of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve?

I always used to consider the first sin committed by Adam and Eve as eating the forbidden fruit from a particular tree. But recently my husband commented that Adam and Eve had sex with each other ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by their biological sex?

As a Catholic, is it considered an offense against charity to refer to a person in a way they wouldn't want to be referred to (such as calling a trans woman "he")?
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure = concupiscence?

Did St. Augustine think sexual pleasure and concupiscence are identical? If not, why do some people seem to think this? Concupiscence is simply a disorder in which the body rebels against the rational ...
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According to Catholicism, is sexual activity with a robot adultery?

The secular press has provided wide coverage to the legal aspects of sexual relationships with a robot, in the context of infidelity and divorce laws. For instance, in this recent article, a scientist ...
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Did Lot's daughters rape Lot?

I read this horrifying article that sounds like victim blaming. I think this is like how rape victims are told they got raped because of they way they dressed, of where or when they went or, like Lot, ...
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What does Paul intend to say in 1 Corinthians 5:5?

To be more clear, how can the person be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ by delivering such person (sexual immoral) to Satan for the destruction of the flesh? 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NKJV) 5&...
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According to Pentecostalism, what is the impact of the sin nature, hormones, and the Holy Spirit on libido?

What has more of an affect on libido, the flesh/sin nature or hormones and how does that change, after becoming a Christian filled with The Holy Spirit? And does receiving the Holy Spirit as a teen ...
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Original Sin as described in The Poem of the Man-God

How do the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the nature of Original Sin conflict with the (alleged) private revelations of Maria Valtorta, as documented in her book The Poem of the Man-God? ...
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Are there any christian denominations that think having concubines is sin and why?

Many christians think that sex outside marriage is a sin. What about concubines? Abraham and David had concubines. Is it a sin to have sex with concubines you do not marry? If so, where in the bible ...
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According to the Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of great price and/or prophets, what prohibits lust?

What does the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, or prophets say about the prohibition of lust as a sin?
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

This is a question I asked based on problems I struggle with as someone raised Catholic as part of a generation taught more about science than any generation before me. I can't simply ignore science. ...
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Why is Song of Songs not considered pornography? [closed]

"May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you. Draw me after you ...
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Does the word “touch” in Genesis 3:3 orginate from Eve or Satan?

The Serpent's Deception The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruitof the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of ...
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Is being asexual considered the same as having the virtue of Chastity?

Some people seem to have not any sexual desire (asexuality). In 1 Corinthians 7:7 it is stated that, "God has given different gifts to each of us". The question is, can being asexual be seen as such a ...
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Can “feelings and passions” make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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To Catholics: Natural Law and Marital Intimacy [closed]

I have a bit of a different perspective since I am not a Catholic yet but am starting to learn about Catholicism. I am currently non-denominational, but I’m waiting for RCIA to start and I have weekly ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is a marriage consummated if the couple had premarital sex?

A valid Catholic marriage can be dissolved if it has not been consummated (if the couple has not had sex after marriage, with some additional rules). This is generally determined to be the case if the ...
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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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Why did so many early church fathers say that sex was a consequence of the Fall?

According to an Orthodox that replies to someone else in an exchange regarding marital sex, he states "remember the words of Psalm 50" (Psalm 51 in Masoretic-based Bibles): I was conceived in ...
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Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs? [closed]

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew [paraphrasing] "if you look at a woman and lust for her, you have already sinned in your heart." In proverbs, they say, [again, paraphrasing] "let her [the ...
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Is the emotion of sexual passion a result of the fallen state? (Catholic perspective)

I found very good information on this site where the author logically and according to the Catholic teaching explains certain parts of sexual behavior. I agree and practice what is written, just in ...
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What is the specific biblical factor that makes homosexuality a sin and not heterosexuality? [closed]

There are many commonalities and many differences between homosexual and heterosexual unions. For those who support the Bible basis for homosexuality as a sin, what specifically are the necessary ...
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What was the role of Christianity in establishing Monogamous societies? [closed]

I was wondering about the question of 'How has the society become to be monogamous?' when I saw on Wikipedia (Polygamy) that Christianity seems to be the only religion that says clearly that we should ...
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Are there any Christian sects that believe in “curative intercourse”?

A lot of episodes from the Law and Order franchise seem to draw inspiration from real life events, however, with a recent episode (Law & Order: SVU Season 18 Episode 19: Conversion), I'm wondering ...
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Do married couples need to live sexually?

What is the Catholic interpretation of a married couple's need to be living sexually if they don't feel the need for it? Let's say both of them don't feel the need to live romantically. They got to ...
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If “Old Law is done away with”,then what about bestiality and incest? [duplicate]

Leviticus 18:7 states: "Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her." Isn't saying that the old law is "...