Does God’s Way Allow Sex Outside of Marriage? The New Testament (Part 1)

The New Testament (NT) shows a complete continuity with the Old Testament laws about human sexuality, and in particular the act of engaging in sex. In fact, the NT not only upholds the stance that sex must be reserved for marriage, it actually makes it stronger! Jesus does this in Matthew 5:27-29: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” That’s right! According to Jesus, adultery is not just the physical act. You also commit adultery when you lust after someone!  It’s also about your inward desires. So, according to Jesus, you don’t have to have physical sex to commit adultery! Ouch!


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Spring in Minnesota

Spring is here in Minnesota.  Of course, we wish someone would notify the weather!  Even though we are now four days into April, we have been blanketed with non-stop snow!  Not only are we forced to break out all the winter gear again, but now every conversation you hear or have has to revolve around the amount of snow on the ground.  Heck, it’s in all the blog posts too!
 

I will admit that snow in April is not one’s ideal picture for spring, but the beauty of the snow-covered trees and bright reflecting landscapes cannot be denied.  I personally love how our fresh snow fall coincides so perfectly with Easter.


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