Today we started discussing Paul’s sexual ethic in 1 Corinthians 6 and 7. In my preparation for this section I returned to a book that I read for a class at Moody on Biblical Pespectives on Human Sexuality entitled Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West. It is a summary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, Theology of the Body.
(Before anyone makes any comments about my “closet papism” note that I read this for a class at Moody Bible Institute – hardly a bastion of Catholic thought)
Here is an excerpt I found helpful from the book related to what Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 7:
The difference between marriage and celibacy must never be understood as the difference between having a “legitimate” outlet for sexual lust on the one hand and having to repress it on the other. Christ calls everyone—no matter his or her particular vocation—to experience redemption from the domination of lust.
Today we sailed into Skiathos which is a popular island destination in the Aegean. Tomorrow we will sail onto Skopelos island and spend a couple of days there.