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This tag refers to both sexual intercourse and gender identity and expression.

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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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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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What does the bible say about homosexuality?

I was recently listening to a podcast and the preacher said that he has looked through the entire bible and could not find anywhere where it says that homosexuality was a sin. Where does the bible ...
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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 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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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 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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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'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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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9, which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct?

Matthew 19:9 (NIV) 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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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 source)...
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What are the practical applications of “two will become one flesh”? [closed]

Mark 10:8 (NIV) and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What does this mean for a marriage? What are the practical applications of this? Obviously, this is ...
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Did the Church Fathers advocate celibacy?

What is an overview of 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? ...
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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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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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God created male and female… What about those who do not fit in the box? [closed]

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 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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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? [closed]

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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Why is rape not in the 10 commandments? [closed]

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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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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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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Does one have to admit to not being a virgin when preparing for a Catholic wedding?

If - say as the result of a pre-cana course - the priest finds out one of the parties is not a virgin can the church then deny a marriage application? Does the priest have the liberty to ask? Does one ...
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What does the Bible say about birth control? [closed]

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 ...
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Did George Muller have a Biblical basis for not accepting illegitimate orphans?

I admired George Muller's works in caring for orphans and his faith in God to provide for his need. However, I find it troubling that he didn't accept illegitimate orphans. George Muller was a ...
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Is there any evidence that Romans viewed Christian teachings on sexual restraint as a liberating influence?

Sarah Ruden (via John Stonestreet) makes an interesting claim about the Roman Empire in the time of Paul: Dreher cites classics scholar Sarah Ruden, whose book “Paul Among the Gentiles” was the ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to? [closed]

In the Bible, when it refers to “two becoming one flesh”, does it mean that the physical act of sex creates a position where both bodies are connected? or the flesh (DNA) from the man and and the ...
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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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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 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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Was Paul advocating killing a man because of sexual immorality?

1 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV) 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Here we have Paul referring to a man that was ...
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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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Is the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth in effect today? [closed]

Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. Genesis 1:28-30 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: ...
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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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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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What is the Catholic Church's position of a marriage between a menopausal woman and an impotent man?

Since the purpose of marriage in Catholicism is for procreation, what is the position of the Catholic Church of a man and a woman being married for the first time when the woman is past childbearing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What arguments do the Church Fathers make for nocturnal emissions not being a sin?

I've run across claims (although I'm having trouble digging them up again; I might be thinking of the implications in this reddit thread) that Augustine and Cassian were almost the only early ...
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Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?

Aquinas and Augustine seem to put prostitution in the same category as fornication or pre-marital sex: the state should allow fornication and prostitution to exist for the sake of the common good....
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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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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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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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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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What is the moral status of common-law marriage? [closed]

It is a common Christian belief that sex outside of marriage (whether extra-marital or pre-marital) is sinful. But what about common law marriage? In 10 US states and the District of Columbia (source),...
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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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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 ...