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Ken McIntyre commented…
Kevin DeYoung offers some much-needed perspective on such misleading "surveys" here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/...
... And those looking for related but reliable research and handy charts on such topics as faith, family, marriage and sexuality ought to check out the way reliable FamilyFacts.org http://www.familyfacts.org/ from The Heritage Foundation, where I hang my hat.
a to j (addicted to Jesus) commented…
bad news, when 1000000 people are killed because they cant control their hormones!!!
Your first statement is utter hubris, while your allegorical analogy proves to be an absurd comparison to the actual, albeit unlikely, threats that can still happen as a result of having safe sex. Just think about it statistically. For instance: If you put a loaded gun to your head and pull the trigger, the likelihood of a bullet going through your brain is almost at a 100% certainty, given that the weapon doesn't malfunction, or you have a cartridge misfire. Your use of the raincoat as symbolic reference to, what i am going to assume is a condom, serves as nothing more than a strawman for your position. Raincoats are designed to repel water and keep you dry when it rains. Hence the name, "rain" coat. A raincoat's purpose has never been to protect people from any other sort of projectile other than water droplets. Condoms, statistically speaking, have a 85-90% chance of protecting you from aids and other STD's.
So, if the raincoat you're wearing is actually a suit of plate mail dipped in fiber weaved kevlar, and the bullets you are firing are hollow point and of a lower caliber, then I can see how your metaphor would make some sense. But then again, what does shooting yourself in the head have anything to do with having sex? Mind boggling and silly my good Doctor.
Aaron Christianson commented…
Then Mary took three quarters of a pound of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. She then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) said, "Why wasn't this oil sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?"... So Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!"
John 3:3-5,7-8, NET
While it is a sin to neglect give, it is not a sin to have nice things or be rich. Probably the reason Jesus didn't spend much time talking about sexual sin was that he was in agreement with the predominate Jewish ideas of the day, so there was nothing about which to argue. To those involved in sexual sin, he says, "Go, and sin no more," not, "Well, sexual sin doesn't matter as long as you give to the poor."
I'm not trying to minimize the importance of giving; self-sacrifice is the foremost of Christian values; but it doesn't make the rest disappear.
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