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VOW OF CHASTITY
The vow by which a person freely gives up the right to marriage, and adds the obligation of the virtue of religion to the duty of abstaining from all indulgence of sexual pleasure.
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No grace at all.
Just another man made rule promulgated by Rome to deny them God’s good gifts.
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Many saints took this vow and kept it. Even married ones.
Turning their back on God’s good gift.
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What is Chastity?
When most people hear the word chastity, they sometimes mistakenly think of abstinence or celibacy. Abstinence refers to temporarily refraining from activities that are pleasurable, which may include sex. Celibacy refers to the choice to live in an unmarried state, avoiding all sexual activity. Both abstinence and celibacy are right for some people at some times in their life, but not for all people at all times.
The virtue of chastity, on the other hand, is for everyone. Chastity is not about saying “no” to sex. Chastity is about saying “yes” to God’s plan for our sexuality. No matter where he is in his life, a chaste person masters his sexual feelings, and knows how to express them at the proper times. What are the “proper times?” Only when we understand what sex is for and how it affects our bodies and souls can we truly know, and be able to love others in a way that leaves us truly happy and fulfilled.
The Bible nowhere prescribes chastity or promotes it as a holier estate. Sex within marriage is the biblical norm; some have the gift of singleness and that is a gift, too. One is not superior to the other.
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4
The great patriarchs of the faith from Adam to Moses to the disciples to Peter himself were married:
“Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?” 1st Corinthians 9:5
They are not considered less holy or exalted than any other believer due to their married estate. Paul, at least at some point, was not married. Yet he is not exalted as greater than the others. Mary was married!
God gave Eve to Adam because He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18). We will hardly accuse God of making Adam less godly or holy or righteous, will we?
It is still not good for man to be alone, except for those who are specifically called to singleness.
“There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the worldhow she may please her husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:34
So we see that we serve the Lord as married, or as single, and one estate is obviously not presented by God in His word as the superior state or what you should be striving for. Determine your calling and fulfill it without feeling “lesser” if you do not “achieve” one or the other.
” Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1st Timothy 4:2-4
While not forbidding all to marry, in the RC church they do forbid priests and nuns to do so. This is wrong. So is promoting singleness over marriage, or vice versa for that matter.
Please read that post again.
This is yet another issue that separates Roman Catholic adherents from Biblical Christians:
Rome: Priests don't marry.
Biblical Christian: Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife..(1 Tim 3:2)
Another case where tradition trumps Scripture.
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Marriage and sex were God's ideas and they were good for man.
I don't have a clue what the Catholic church's objection to sex is, but it pervades most of their teaching the way they harp on it for priests, nuns, Mary and Joseph, etc. contrary to God's intent for mankind.
Interesting that forbidding to marry is considered a sign of a cult, along with demanding abstinence from food.
I think what Catholics and Catholicism fails to distinguish is the individual choosing to fast for a season for a specific purpose, and a religion demanding said behavior from its adherents.
You can't prove any of them kept the vow...
That's what you get for thinkin'...Of course chastity is not a virtue among married people...It is not immoral to have sexual relations with your spouse...
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