Newsweek ran a story this week concerning the Bible and Sex. It was sent to me by a good friend. So I took a few minute to read over the article. As has become common place when the Bible is discussed in popular media, it is shown to teach something other than the “traditional” understanding. Now, I am not for believing an interpretation because it is traditional, but I also do not think we should believe an interpretation because it is not traditional.
As I read through the article it was clear that the scholars who were being interviewed in the article had a far different view of Scripture than I. Scripture is not the inspired, authoritative word of God to these scholars, but rather, it is simply an ancient text. This view of Scripture, as well as very suspect exegesis, leads them to conclude that there is no clear Bible teaching on sex. Therefore, they reject the traditional teaching that sex is limited to a man and a woman in a God sanctioned marriage. (I use the world traditional, but it is more than tradition, I am convinced that the Bible teaches this!).