Why are Christians permitted to consume shellfish but not permitted to have sex just before marriage?


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Here’s a amazing post from Peter Saunders.

The challenge:

An argument often sophisticated by these attempting to defend homosexual practice is that Christians ‘cherry pick’ the commands in the Bible – that is, they chose to emphasise some commands even though ignoring other individuals.

The Old Testament may perhaps forbid homosexual acts (Leviticus 18:two 20:13) but it also forbids consuming seafood devoid of fins and scales (Leviticus 11:9-12 Deuteronomy 14:9, 10).

So how can Christians then justify upholding laws on sexual morality while at the very same time ignoring the meals laws from the extremely very same books of the Bible? Why may perhaps they consume shellfish but not be permitted to have sex outdoors marriage? Is not this inconsistent and hypocritical?

The answer is that God enters into “covenants” with his people today, and the terms of these covenants modify.

In particular dietary laws:

The answer to this query lies in an understanding of biblical covenants.

A covenant is a binding solemn agreement created amongst two parties. It usually leaves every single with obligations. But it holds only amongst the parties involved.

There are a quantity of biblical covenants: Noahic, Abrahamic, Sinaitic (Old), Davidic and New.

Beneath the Noahic covenant, which God created with all living human beings (Genesis 9:eight-17), people today have been in a position to consume something:

‘Everything that lives and moves about will be meals for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything’ (Genesis 9:three).

But beneath the Sinaitic (Old) Covenant, which God created with the nation of Israel, people today have been in a position to consume particular foods, but not other individuals.

Jesus clearly designed a new covenant with his followers, exactly where the dietary laws are lifted:

Jesus mentioned that he had come to fulfil the ‘Law and the Prophets’ (Matthew five:17 Luke 24:44). He would establish this new covenant with new laws, with himself as higher priest primarily based on his personal sacrificial death on the cross.

This new covenant would totally deal with sin (Hebrews 10:1-18) and safeguard all these who place their faith in him from God’s wrath and judgement…

[…]‘In the very same way, following the supper (Jesus) took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you”’ (Luke 22:20). ‘…we have been created holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ when for all’ (Hebrews 10:10)

People today would come beneath the protection of this new covenant, not by virtue of belonging to the nation of Israel, but by means of faith in Christ. In reality the function of the Old Testament Law (Sinaitic covenant) was to point to Christ as its fulfilment.

[…]So what then did Christ say about foods? He pronounced all foods clean for his followers to consume:

‘ “Don’t you see that absolutely nothing that enters a particular person from the outdoors can defile them?  For it does not go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the physique.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a particular person is what defiles them.  For it is from inside, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.  All these evils come from inside and defile a particular person.” (Mark 7:18-23)

Jesus was generating that point that beneath the new covenant God necessary purity of the heart. Internal thoughts and attitudes have been as significant as external actions.

Meals is OK for Christians, but sexual immorality – which incorporates premarital sex and adultery – are NOT OK for Christians.

I believe occasionally when you are speaking to people today whose motivation is just to get rid of any objective moral law completely, they have a tendency to ask inquiries devoid of actually wanting a excellent answer. This is particularly correct when it comes to the morality of sex. They ask the query not to get an answer, but to justify obtaining rid of the moral guidelines governing sexuality. The answers are there for people today who are prepared to respect God in their selection-generating to uncover. The answers are not identified only by people today who have a explanation to not want to uncover them.

In case you are questioning, I am 1 of these Christian men who requires chastity seriously. Marriage is about possessing a close connection with your spouse. Certain, I could break the guidelines and have a lot of exciting now. A lot of Christians have a difficult time turning down exciting. But when I appear at Jesus, I do not see a man who is pursuing exciting and thrills. I see a man who sees a require and then sacrifices his personal interests to rescue other individuals from peril.


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