This piece is not written to condemn anyone. Rather, like my journal entries in the past, it is written to highlight the Bible's viewpoint on the issue at hand. Some feel that the Bible is an out-dated, old-fashioned book that has no relevance to modern living and standards. As a result, these persons may feel that they are in the best position to decide for themselves what is moral and what is not (Genesis 3:5). Is that how you feel? Others are convinced that the Bible is an inspired book, one that has been written for the benefit of all humankind ( Timothy 3:16,17). I encourage you to dust off your Bible and examine the following verses for yourself. Only then will you be in an educated position to determine your future choices in relation to morality.
First, back to the question as to who gets to set the standards as to right or wrong. For God-fearing persons, the answer is obvious - God does (Isaiah 48:17,18). Yet as the scripture cited earlier from Genesis pointed out, it is Satan's contention that humans should be able to decide for themselves right from wrong. What this statement implied was that humans do not need the Creator to tell them what to do, how to live. He insinuated that humans, as well as angels (see Genesis 6:1-4; Revelation 12:9), being free moral agents should have the right to self-determination. This was a direct challenge to God's sovereignty, or his right to rule. It also propelled Satan to the status of a "god" (see 2 Corinthians 4:3,4), a rival to Almighty God. Adam and Eve chose to pursue an independent course, and their offspring (us) have suffered as a result (Romans 5:12). Nevertheless, many will say that we are better off for it. But look around you. What do you observe? Is mankind really better off on their own, making their own moral decisions? Sexually transmitted diseases run rampant, some incurable. The divorce rate is sky-rocketing, tearing families apart. Abortion is a global pandemic (my word choice) that many feel goes against the very grain of what it means to be moral. Teen suicide is increasing, often related to dating too young, break-ups, with sexual jealousies often being a root cause. Children born out of wedlock are frequently at a disadvantage, financially and from a familial standpoint, though there are, of course, exceptions to this. The list goes on as to the ills that have been visited upon society as a result of the so-called "new morality," a movement that first began about 50 or so years ago, when rock-n-roll, the use of hallucinogenic drugs, and rebellion against established order combined to create a "perfect storm" that significantly changed the western worldview (Judeo-Christian) on morality (see 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Now to the issue at hand: What does the Bible have to say about sexual morality? Please turn in your Bible to 1 Corinthians 6:9,10. Here the scriptures make clear that any who practice fornication (sexual immorality i.e., generally sex outside of marriage), any who practice homosexuality, or adultery... will NOT inherit God's kingdom (see also Revelation 21:8). You see, God created human sexuality both for pleasure (Proverbs 5:15-19) as well as for pro-creation (Genesis 1:28). However, HIS standards dictate that such be limited to married persons (Matthew 19:3-9). This seems harsh to many, even impossible. Yet many have adopted these and other Bible standards and have managed to live happy lives.
So, what to do if you really want to live a morally clean life (from the Creator's point of view) but are finding it difficult to measure up? Take heart! You can ask for Holy Spirit (the power beyond ourselves) to accomplish this (Matthew 7:7,8; 2 Corinthians 4:7). The good news is that once you exercise faith in Jesus' shed blood, repent of the former deeds, turn around to a new life (new attitudes, new way of thinking), salvation is still possible, no matter what things you practiced in the past, no matter how long you practiced them (see Acts 3:19,20; 1 Corinthians 6:11).
No doubt many will read this and find it distasteful, an attempt to turn back the clock, as it were. That, of course, is to be expected. This piece is being offered for those who (1) want to know what the Bible really teaches on the matter and (2) wish to draw closer to their Maker. But it is also written for those faithful church attendees who are confused because their church may have adopted some or all of the current trends on morality. This was foretold to occur long ago (2 Timothy 4:3,4). By putting your trust in God and in His inspired word and adopting His viewpoint on morality, putting it into practice in your life, you can be assured of being on the right path (Matthew 7:13,14).
* American Heritage Dictionary