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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Slog Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 7:2-9

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1 Corinthians 7:2-9
Each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband because of sexual immorality. The husband should meet his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should do the same for her husband. The wife doesn’t have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband doesn’t have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Don’t refuse to meet each other’s needs unless you both agree for a short period of time to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come back together again so that Satan might not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I’m saying this to give you permission; it’s not a command. I wish all people were like me, but each has a particular gift from God: one has this gift, and another has that one.

I’m telling those who are single and widows that it’s good for them to stay single like me. But if they can’t control themselves, they should get married, because it’s better to marry than to burn with passion.



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Surprisingly democratic for a Bible verse. Stay single, gays and heteros!
Posted by OOF POOF on December 9, 2012 at 6:06 AM · Report this
This verse and the story of the Virgin birth together represent the origin of the Catholic church's view that virginity (or at least celibacy) give people higher moral standing than people who are sexually active. In fact, later in the same chapter (verses 26-30), Paul tells married people that the flesh will lead them into trouble; therefore single people should remain single, and men with wives should behave "as though they had none", that is they should remain celibate within marriage.

Because celibacy works so well for Catholic priests.
Posted by Clayton on December 9, 2012 at 6:57 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
Self control is hard. Just ask all the sloggers who have to get in 40-comment circle jerks with anonymous trolls.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM · Report this
ObeyTheFist 4
We didn't have this version of the Bible when I was Mormon. Not saying we should go back to "Momon Study", shudder, but if they'd talked about meeting each other's sexual needs and such I might still be Mormon.
Posted by ObeyTheFist on December 9, 2012 at 7:16 AM · Report this
So, being GGG is a biblical thang.
Posted by BLUE on December 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
If there were a god, it wouldn't have a book when it could have a talk show. End of story.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM · Report this
venomlash 7
@6: I really don't blame Him for not wanting to deal with a studio audience composed mostly of Chelmites.
Posted by venomlash on December 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
@7 That's why god invented sound effects and laugh tracks, silly.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Arsenic7 9
Saying you don't have authority over your own body is not exactly GGG.
Posted by Arsenic7 on December 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM · Report this
I like Dan's version of GGG better. This version is really very sex-negative, treating it as better not to have sex at all and treating sex within marriage as a dreary obligation for the less-libidinous partner.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Purocuyu 12
This bible verse states quite clearly, "I wish all people were like me" meaning they are clearly not. and it is a reference to men who should have a wife and women who should have a husband. This is Goldy's cleverest verse in a while, because it celebrates the obviously homosexual writer of Corinthians, who had a "particular gift from God" and today, in Washington State, those people who are like the writer of Corinthians, and who would have had to stay single like him back then, can now get married. And then while married, keep burning with passion, which sounds quite pleasant to me. Cheers!!!
Posted by Purocuyu on December 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this

If that were truly the case, then I personally would possess greater moral authority than probably half the Catholic Priesthood...
Posted by COMTE on December 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
This translation may be more accurate and more clear, but I still think it's awful.
Posted by catsnbanjos on December 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM · Report this
The last line makes it clear that marriage kills passion.
Posted by idaho on December 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Such obsession with whether and how other people have sex. My goodness.
Posted by floater on December 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Dude, we already know Paul was a self-flagellating queer who couldn't cope with his own homosexuality. All those hot Greek soldier boys must have really given him fits.
Posted by Jenkitty on December 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
eclexia 19
Truly one of the great untold stories in history... how many cocks did Paul take in each hole, at what age, and over how many years before he went psychopathic?

He must have sucked at least a few, as opposed to just taking them in the ass, because he was obsessed with foreskin the rest of his life. If the dicks were exclusively in his ass, he wouldn't have cared if they were cut or not.
Posted by eclexia on December 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Paul had outsized influence on the early church because he was literate and able to write (not the same in those days). There isn't a good theological (e.g. supernatural) reason he is in the biblical canon at all. He wasn't an apostle, and claimed to have never even met them.

Of course, the Catholic Church would interpret this as the reason you need them to interpret scripture for you. Me, I interpret it as a reason to discount the whole thing as bull crap. That, and the supernatural aspects.
Posted by wxPDX on December 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
seandr 21
@9: Saying you don't have authority over your own body is not exactly GGG.

Giving your body completely over to your partner is the ultimate expression of GGG.
Posted by seandr on December 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Paul had outsized influence, because his letters were written Before the Gospels, around 45-50 AD with gospels written about 65-110 AD. The early writers thought the rapture would arrive in their lifetime. They weren't worried about a 2,000 year moral rule.
Posted by pat L on December 9, 2012 at 8:37 PM · Report this
Allyn 23
@21 I think it's more like a 24/7 M/s relationship.
Posted by Allyn on December 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this

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