If you are living a celibate life according to the Bible, you should not be having any kind of sexual activity. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 says to shun immorality and all sexual looseness in thought, word or deed - taken from the Amplified Bible.) No sexual activity would also include oral sex and masturbation which is considered self-sex. In fact, if we are not married, we shouldn’t be lying naked in the bed with our partner. There should be no viewing of the naked body or fondling of the private parts. This kind of non-sexual relationship can be difficult to live with, if the two people aren’t truly serious about living a celibate life until marriage.
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How can we show our partners that we love them if we cannot be intimate with them in a sensual way?
We can be intimate with our partners in a non-sexual way. We can still be intimate and have our clothes on. It really takes some forethought to keep the mind off of sex, we are sexual beings; thus, many individuals would consider a celibate life before marriage too much of a sacrifice. However, if we live according to the teachings in the bible, we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God.
If you want to be in a relationship with someone and you want to remain celibate, you must narrow down the selection of potential partners who are willing to also live their lives in celibacy. In order to achieve this, it would be necessary for you to agree on many of the same things. For instance, you would most likely agree that you would not put yourself in a position that would lead to sexual activity. Therefore, seeing each other naked would be out, and so would passionate kissing and touching be off-limits. It would be best for the relationship partners to define the parameters of their relationship prior to ever committing to each other.
Many people in celibate relationships find it too difficult to have no intimacy of a sensual nature. They may redefine the parameters of intimacy at some point in their relationship. Their relationship may cross the boundaries of Bible teachings. Most individuals keep their relationship private, so unless you broadcast that you are having intimate contact, no one (other than the Almighty) will know about it.
What is celibacy?
If you were to ask your pastor what celibacy means, you might get a totally different answer than what you were thinking. You might also get varied opinions if you were to ask your friends and family their take on what celibacy means. Some might say that kissing is okay, and touching is okay, but any type of sexual contact isn’t okay. Others might say that being naked together is okay, and oral sex is okay but intercourse isn’t okay.
If you truly want to live a pure life, you will have to decide for yourself what living a ‘pure life’ means to you. If you believe living a purely celibate life means to live according to the teachings of the Bible, then you should live your truth. However, if your truth is something other than the teachings of the bible, no person should judge you for your choice.
It seems like it’s been left in the lap of this current generation to define or redefine such basic human customs and traditions that are thousands of years old. If you are going to talk about marriage, then ‘marriage’ needs to be defined. If you are going to talk about celibacy and chastity, or sex outside of marriage, then you need to define ‘sex.’
We also need to look at the definition of sex in the ancient Hebrew Scripture, as well as in the New Testament. In no way does the bible promote premarital sex, sexual touching, oral sex or whatever. Marriage in today’s time is different from marriage in the old testament times, back then they ‘knew each other’ and were married. This is not the same today, people today aren’t married to everyone they “lay down” with.
The Bible teaches that sexual contact before marriage is a sin. However, many people live their lives according to what THEY feel is right, and not according to the scriptures. We all accept our own favorite scriptures to live by. Love your neighbor as yourself is one that most of us can agree to live by. The Bible also says not to suffer a witch to live, (Exodus 22:18 KJV) but do we go around killing ‘witches’? No, we don’t. The Holy Bible has become a guide for many of us to live by, but we don’t always take every word literally in the way we live our lives.
The bottom line here is that we each have to be our own judge of what is right or wrong for us. If we are Christian, we believe that we are judged by the one who was nailed on the cross for our sins. No one else has the right or the authority to judge us. Each of us has to live according to our conscience. What is right for one couple may not be right for another. You decide.
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