Ethical Case: Sexual Ethics
Submitted by: Eden Gay Malait
I. A Brief Description of the Case
A par excellent woman in her field embraces Christianity and male gender. She is said to be living and practicing a homosexual lifestyle by her friends and some Christian brethren who work closely with her. This Christian lady is willing to serve (sometimes even without payment to) Christian ministries and organizations by offering her knowledge and expertise on Philippine Governance anomaly and ways to combat it.
II. What does the Bible say about Sexuality?
The book of Genesis particularly chapters 1 & 2, help us to understand the role of man as created by God in His image. First, Genesis 1 affirms the equality of sexes. In this equal role man and woman both share the image of God and were given the stewardship of the earth. Secondly, Genesis 2 affirms the complementarity of sexes (basis for heterosexual marriage). There are three fundamental truths within this relation. First, the human need of the companionship. Genesis 2:18, says “The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” As a general rule man is not good only by himself. As God has said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” God has seen the need of man for a companion. He acted on man’s need of companion. First, he presented to him all the animals which the man had named. “BUT for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:20b God created a suitable helpmeet for the man and brought this creation (the woman) to him. The man acknowledged that the woman is “made just for him”. “This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
God created man as a social being. He intended for humans to live in a community not in a solitude/seclusion. The second truth about the complementarity of man and woman is the divine provision to meet his human need. Having affirmed Adam’s need for partner, the search for suitable one begun; first, the Lord has brought the animals to Adam. After naming the animals the Scripture tells us that for Adam no suitable helper was found. So God in his special way provided the man a suitable helpmeet. When God brought the woman (his part/flesh), fashioned to complement him, Adam declared a beautiful phrase that speaks of his match. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” The “suitable helper” was found. Who could live “alongside” or “opposite” him, who could be his complement, his counterpart, his companion, his mate. A reflection of himself, a complement to himself, indeed a very part of himself. Now at last there stood before him is his alter ego, similarly to him that she appeared to be (as indeed she was) “made for him”. The third great truth concerns the complementarity of man and woman is the institution of marriage. 24 ”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Adam’s helper or companion, whom God pronounced “suitable for him”, was also to be his sexual partner, with whom he was to become “one flesh”. Sexual union is not just a union of two bodies but it is also a union of two wonderful and unique people who will share everything there is in their individuality- heart, mind, soul and spirit.
III. Theories and Facts
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