Chapter 7 – Concerning Married Life
By far one of the more interesting chapters I have come across so far in our first month of bible reading and biblogging (bible blogging), this chapter discusses the way in which marriage and sexual relations interlinks with the Christian faith. Christianity pressingly states that in marriage two people are to be joined together in union:
But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. – 1 Corinthians 7: 2-4
Note that there is to be an equality and power in marriage – with two people belonging to one another. It is not a situation in which one expresses authority over another. Furthermore, the bible passage even emphasizes that it may be better for humans not to get married, but to remain single, because this is the way in which we will remain more devoted to God. A man will be devoted to God, but will have concerns abotu pleasing his wife, and a woman will be devoted to God, but equally have concerns about her husband. It is only those who are unmarried whom can give their all to God. The bible is not blatantly stating that marriage is wrong, both being married and staying single are the “right” options. Those who are married must, however, be mindful and wary that they do not idolise their partner over God.
Obviously, the big idea here is to stray away from sexual immorality. It is described as “the present crisis” in this particular chapter. How curious (and unsurprising) it is that 2000 years later, the human race has not evolved enough to rule this crisis out! In fact, it seems to have become progressively worse. It saddens me at present times to see families broken by divorce and infidelity. I seem to have no respect for those who cannot put the needs of others, whether it be their children or their partner, before their own selfish sexual wants. God urges us to marry the person we are passionate about in this passage, but he detests sexual immorality. Our bodies are temples to God – sharing it publicly with sexual partners is ultimately a hugely insulting and sinful thing to do.
Chapter 8 – Concerning food sacrificed to idols
Chapter 8 targets idolatry. Idolatry was first explained to me and encapsulated in a unique experience while I was just 4 years old. I was obsessed with the Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty, to the extent where my father believed I was idolising her. As a result, he punished me by banning everything Hello Kitty, no longer allowing anyone to buy me Hello Kitty presents and taking away all my Hello Kitty toys and items. While that may be a rather extreme example, idolatry is, in contrast, very serious. Idolatry, explained in its simplest form, is putting something or someone over God. It happens when we prioritize worldy wants and needs over our God.
5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”),6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
For us Christians, there is only one God – the Almighty, the Alpha, and the Omega. He is also the trinity, or the three-in-one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is to be worshipped above all and equally revered. Therefore, we must acknowledge that ‘an idol is nothing at all in the world.’ Idols are worldly goods, things that will fade away into nothingness when Jesus returns. In the final verses of the chapter, we are also warned not to display idolatry so as to discourage or even mislead other Christians. If we display idolatry in our lives, our peers, family, and most of all children may believe that idolatry will not cause them to fall and sin. Idolatry can occur unbeknownst to us. Becoming obsessed with a singer or rock band, a piece of technology (like the latest iPhone) or even computer games – and prioritizing them over God – counts as idolatry. We are reminded in this day and age to keep our hearts guarded.
– S. ❤