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To: k2blader
Hetero Christians should learn to apply the word "celibacy" to their lives as well.

"Chastity" would be even better. Purity outside marriage (not just abstinence from intercourse) and morality within marriage.

5 posted on 07/31/2005 6:27:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Standing athwart history, shouting, "Turn those lights off! You think electricity grows on trees?")
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To: Tax-chick
"Chastity" would be even better. Purity outside marriage (not just abstinence from intercourse) and morality within marriage.

Graceful curtsey and a punch in the air for that, Tax-chick.

Technically, "celibacy" simply means the unmarried state; and we presume it means abstinence from sexual intercourse.

But that is wholly inadequate as a description of "how to live sex right." Single people (whatever their sexual interests, appetites, orientations, or struggles) need to culivate the virtues that make for holy friendships, and that form their character for the possibility of Holy Matrimony.

From a positive point of view, that means you can pursue 1000 ways to enjoy, learn from, have fun with, care and share with, and truly appreciate your friends, co-workers and colleagues, both male and female, without sexual hassles.

The "thou shalt nots" are only there to preserve the integrity of holy friendship: thou shalt not pressure, push, or seduce; thou shalt not try to give the other person a sexual itch by the way you dress or talk or act; thou shalt not pour gasoline on your own sexual heating system by indulging in porn (or, ladies, those stupid romances); thou shalt not mess around.

Do that and you'll have friendships that last, you'll enjoy a measure of inward peace, and you'll become the kind of person who is actually capable of actual marriage.

6 posted on 07/31/2005 7:07:32 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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