Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Paul, methinks thou dost protest too much...

Jeez. After reading yet another rant about sex from 1 Corinthians this moaning-- I mean, morning-- I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be able to keep from rolling my eyes:

1 Corinthians 7:32-40:

"I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin are anxious about the affairs of the Lord, so that they may be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to put any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord.

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his fiancée, if his passions are strong, and so it has to be, let him marry as he wishes; it is no sin. Let them marry. But if someone stands firm in his resolve, being under no necessity but having his own desire under control, and has determined in his own mind to keep her as his fiancée, he will do well. So then, he who marries his fiancée does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better.

A wife is bound as long as her husband lives. But if the husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, only in the Lord. But in my judgment she is more blessed if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God."

Am I the only person who is driven batty by these last few passages? This is where the whole justification for clerical celibacy comes from, too.


Bill said...

The short answer to your question is, "No, you aren't the only person driven batty by these passages." For that matter, by lots of other passages in Paul. The long answer is ... well ... longer. ;-)

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

So what's your answer? Because really, the thing about reading morning prayer every morning is that it seems like I'm getting whacked over the head with this stuff.

It does remind me, however, of why I am not a fundamentalist.