Christianity’s history with s éx is much more complicated than you might think.
Growing up in a conservative Christian church, I was taught that the gospel was one, complete, and indestructible whole — particularly as it applied to human s éxuality. But it’s not that simple.
The idea that is still taught in some churches today is that the Christian s éxual ethic came to earth fully formed, straight from heaven, about 2,000 years ago. Throughout all that time, there was exactly one way for Christians to express their s éxuality — by staying abstinent until they got married to a person of the opposite gender. And then, you could have at it all you wanted.
But what I wasn’t taught in Sunday School is that the Bible’s teachings on s éx have been interpreted in many different ways. I didn’t know that the early Christians actually started practicing celibacy because they were convinced the end of the world was near. No one told me that marriage wasn’t always defined and controlled by the church. And that even within marriage, s éx wasn’t always something that Christians were taught to enjoy and cherish.
And the truth is that the standards on what it means to be a s éxual person and live a Christian life have changed. A lot.
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