Following are some questions and answers based on the following series of sermons:
"The Covenant of Marriage" Genesis 2:18-25 (2/20/00)
"What is Sex?" Genesis 2:18-25 (3/5/00)
"What About Premarital Sex?" 2 Samuel 13:1-19 (3/12/00)
"Hate Masquerading as Love" 1 Corinthians 6 (3/19/00)
"What Jesus Taught About Divorce" Matthew 19:1-12 (3/26/00)
"Marriage Roles" Ephesians 5:22-33 (4/9/00)
Click on the links to the right or below to read Gordon Hugenberger's responses to the following questions:
Why does the Bible stress the problem of adultery vs. premarital sex?
What are some biblical texts related to premarital sex?
What is the Bible's view of rape and how is Amnon's rape of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13 relevant for premarital sex?
Since Amnon and Tamar are half-siblings, how can Tamar be right in 2 Samuel 13:13,16 that a marriage between them would be acceptable?
Doesn't this view of marriage place too much emphasis on sex?
Doesn't your view encourage promiscuity?
What if you have slept with your girlfriend or boyfriend, but he or she has no interest in marriage?
What if he or she is a non-Christian?
What if you have had a long string of boyfriends or girlfriends?
How far is too far?
Is it too late?
What if a young couple who have slept together are willing to stop, but have no interest in viewing their sexual intimacy as a marriage-love committing act?
What if, regardless of what the Bible seems to imply or any well-intentioned advice from Pastor Hugenberger, a young sexually active couple have no desire to move toward marital love, but they are willing to stop being sexually intimate? Should they embrace the call of singlehood in a manner that resembles the person who illegitimately divorces their spouse in 1 Corinthians 7:11?
Does the prediction of husbands "rule over" their wives in Genesis 3:16 represent a deviation from the ideal?
There is also a page of additional information on the subject of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 12, and the October 8, 2000, sermon "Touch Not Mine Anointed."
For much a more detailed and scholarly explanation of the theory and ethics of marriage in the Old Testament, see Gordon P. Hugenberger, Marriage as a Covenant: A study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage, Developed from the Perspective of Malachi, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 52 (Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill, 1994 [reprinted in paperback as Marriage as a Covenant. Biblical Law and Ethics as Developed from Malachi; Biblical Studies Library Series, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998]).
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