Principle 6: Positive Messages Are Powerful

We rob Christian faith of its power when we shrink the Christian teaching about sexuality to a list of “don’ts.” The first messages about sexuality in the Bible in Genesis 1 and 2 are wildly positive (see Genesis 1:27-28 and Genesis 2:18-25). God the Father and Creator made humanity—the first man and woman—as physical and sexual beings, male and female created equally in God’s image. He made them (and us) so that the one man and one woman could be blessed to form an exclusive and lifelong marital union, to unite sexually and become “one flesh,” and to experience the joy of sexual and personal union. They could also conceive and raise children. We even learn in the New Testament that Christian marriage serves as an earthly model of Christ’s love for his Bride, the church (Ephesians 5:25-33). Yes, the Bible has to warn us that God hates sexual immorality, but this negative message is grounded in a profoundly positive reality.

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