The Gift of Marriage or Celibacy!

The Bible teaches us that the Christian code is moral code, it is not one of outward religiosity but it is one where thoughts are judged as leading to actions which are condemnable before God.

Mat 19:3-12
3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” 7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.” 11 But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

1Cor7:3-9 (Apostle Paul)
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 The husband must fulfil his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But this I say by way of concession, not of command. 7 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.

8 But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 9 But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

I need to state, that one of the reasons the Bible, though written by different people conveys the same truth about God is because the apostles and writers were moved by God the Holy Spirit to express the same truth in harmony as coming from the same source, which is God (Jn4:24/2Pet1:20-21). To explain this in real world terms, if an evil spirit consequently in time, possessed two different people, though those two individuals may be different, that wicked spirit would influence them to act and even think in the same manner. Similarly, it is God who is Good, who works in the lives of all His people whom He has called in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Coming back to the subject of our topic, we are given to understand that sex is given us by God to be enjoyed in the confines of marriage between one man and one woman. Imagine the hardness of the people’s heart that when Jesus emphasises the commitment one must have in marriage (Mt19:4-9), the disciples reply saying: then it is better not to marry!

I don’t know for how long this has been but today fornication reflects a person’s social standing in this world. However, just like not everyone is a glutton or a drunkard, so too not all find sex as something that critically defines their lives. These are eunuchs so to speak, which the gay community seek out to destroy from their godless ignorance that forcefully counts these as their own. Also its flabbergasting that these diseased homosexual fools, first hijacked the term ‘gay’ and then the rainbow for their flag to add some cheer to their utter depravity that they may delightfully identify with it and still be accepted in society.

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Coming back to our topic, eunuchs need not necessarily be those who are castrated but those whose lives are not enslaved to their sexual instincts. Back in the old days, men were castrated and put in very high positions in heathen courts. These individuals, having no family or posterity to look forward to, dedicated their lives to their king. Also, since they were castrated, there was no production or secretion of testosterone in their body, to make them susceptible to seduction, with the fall out of influencing their decisions. Castrating these officials also safeguarded the king’s interests/affections concerning his queen.

But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

Celibacy therefore is gift of God to certain individuals, who dedicate their lives to serve the Lord, these are eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Mt19:12), they aren’t castrated but they bear what circumcision symbolically represented in the Old Testament, which metaphorically is a circumcision of the heart unto God (Rom2:29). Unlike Roman Catholicism, where priest live a life away from life in practicing celibacy, the Bible teaches that believers live and bear witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, while participating in the same manner of the people’s lifestyle (Acts18:3).

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

All Christians need not necessarily identify with celibacy because marriage too is a gift of God like celibacy, given to certain individuals, that from their circumcision on the heart, these too may abstain from fornication by being absolutely committed to their spouses (Eph5:25) and unlike this ungodly world, raise a household that lives to serve the Lord (Josh24:15), just as the God commanded from the very beginning (Gen1:28).

12But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:

13I can do all this through Him (Jesus) who gives me strength.

To conclude, the gift of marriage or celibacy reflects what every practising Christian is i.e. a Saint and a Priest in service of the Lord (1Cor1:2), not according to the calling of any religious authority here on earth but by God’s calling unto Himself (Jn1:12-13). For the Almighty nature of God, propitiates the rebellious and sinful will of men, unto His own righteousness by the power of Jesus’ atoning blood.

Published by defeateddragon

I am a post-millennial reformed Christian (Trinitarian) in Mumbai – India, coming from a Roman Catholic background. I began studying my Bible in 2006 & find the post-millennial reformed doctrine to be the purest form of Biblical Christianity. Whether you are Roman Catholic, Charismatic, Arminian, Premillennialist, Amillennialists or even a non-Christian for that matter, I intend to use my writing to bring you to trust the Sovereign Lord in whom we are called to establish our lives on, as He sanctifies His called-out ones into the moral likeness of His Son. So, as commanded unto every Christian in the Great Commission, my duty is to teach the rich Christian standard of life that God has given us in the Moral Law because the ultimate purpose of any human being is to reflect the nature of God as revealed in the Moral Law and presented to us in Jesus Christ.

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