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Sex, God and Marriage Series

Posted Thursday, September 01, 2011

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Everywhere today, people are searching for lasting and meaningful relationships. For many of them, the sexual sphere is not an area of joy but one of frustration, confusion, and even despair.

Again and again I have seen that when people are willing to surrender their lives to Jesus, they are able to find a way out of their unhappiness. His teaching is neither a matter of prudishness nor of permissiveness: he offers his followers an entirely different way. He brings a purity that liberates us from sin and leads to the possibility of a completely new life.

This series of articles is based on my book Sex, God and Marriage. I invite you to leave comments; your opinions will be appreciated and thoughtfully considered.
– Johann Christoph Arnold

Articles in This Series

Introduction

Everywhere today, people are searching for lasting and meaningful relationships.…

In the Image of God

In the story of creation we read that God created humankind – both male and female – in his own image. He blessed them and commanded them to be fruitful and to care for the earth. Here, God reveals his heart to us and we discover his plan...…

It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone

There is nothing so difficult to bear as loneliness. Prisoners in solitary confinement rejoice to see a spider – at least it is something alive. God created us as communal beings.

They Shall Become One Flesh

Marriage is sacred. God reveals his love to all people in a special way in the unique bond between husband and wife.…

The First Sin

When God created the world, everything he made was good. The earth was truly his kingdom, and life was ruled by the spirit of peace.…

Restoring the Image of God

More important than any human relationship is our relationship to God. All other relationships are merely symbols of it.…

Sexuality and the Sensuous Sphere

The Bible speaks of the heart as the center of a person’s inner life. …

The Pure in Heart

Søren Kierkegaard says that purity of heart is to will one thing. That one thing is God and his will. …

Marriage in The Holy Spirit

Marriages based on mutual emotion, common value, and feelings of goodwill may look stable, but are built on shifting ground and can quickly become desperate and unhappy. Love is certain and firm only when it is ruled by the Holy Spirit.…

The Mystery of Marriage

In God’s order, marriage and family originate in the church. The church is God’s primary expression of his love and justice in the world.…

The Sacredness of Sex

There are two dangers in sex: on the one hand, fear of the self-surrender or closeness that a physical relationship requires, and fear that sex is dirty and shameful; on the other, unbridled lust and sin. …

Parenthood and the Gift of Children

We live in a world where the structure of family life is undergoing profound changes, in rich and poor countries alike.…

The Purity of Childhood

Jesus’ words tell us what great value the soul of a little child has in the eyes of God.…

For Those Considering Marriage

It is tragic how casually, and with what selfishness and naiveté, young men and women today plunge into relationships and even into marriage.…

The Service of Singleness

The gift of unity, whether with other people or with God, does not depend in any way on marriage.…

With or Without God

Through out Scripture the covenant of God with his people and the unity of Christ with his church is compared to the union of marriage.…

What about Homosexuality?

Anyone can be tempted by sinful thoughts and images, but to give in to those temptations and to embrace an active homosexual lifestyle is an entirely different matter.…

The Hidden War

The spirit of our age is opposed not only to the childlike spirit but even to children themselves. This spirit of death can be seen everywhere in modern society: in the rise of murder and suicide rates, in wide-spread domestic violence, and abortion.…

Divorce and Remarriage

The question of divorce and remarriage is one of the toughest issues that faces the Christian church in our time. …

Therefore Let Us Keep Watch

Despite the shamelessness and promiscuity of our time, purity and faithful love – within the commitment of marriage – are still possible today.…

A Call to Purity

A Joint Statement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the Bruderhof CommunitiesSeptember 22, 2014…