Lead me in your truth and teach me for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25 verse 5

Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will He instruct in the way that he should choose.

Psalm 25 verse 12

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32 verse 8

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Psalm 51 verse 6

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalm 86 verse 11

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law.

Psalm 94 verse 12

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143 verse 10

All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace.            

Isaiah chapter 54 verse 13

Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew chapter 11 verse 29

Jesus said: It is written in the prophets, "And they shall all be taught by God". Therefore, everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.

John chapter 6 verse 45

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Sex and Marriage God's way - Introduction

Love and marriage! At the time of writing (September 2013) the Marriage (same sex) Bill has nearly completed its passage through the British Parliament. It will allow same sex couples in England and Wales to be married in exactly the same way as a male and female couple. It removes from marriage law the distinction between male and female and allows for all couples, irrespective of sex, to be treated equally.

This bill seeks to redefine the word "marriage" as it is used in English law. This redefinition has been vigorously opposed, but is supported by a majority in both houses of parliament. Some of the debate around it has been acrimonious, and in certain quarters a second word has also been redefined - the word "bigot". Prior to the introduction of this bill the word "bigot" meant "one blindly and obstinately devoted to a particular creed or party" (Chambers English Dictionary 1988). It has now come to mean "one who believes that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman"!

At the same time, over the past few decades we have seen throughout the western world a trend away from marriage. I was born in the early 1950s. In those days, for a man and woman to live together without being married was considered to be disgraceful, and any children born out of wedlock bore the stigma of being "illegitimate" or "bastards".

Then the Swinging Sixties came along and introduced us to "free love". A liberal shift took place in the moral outlook of Britain, America, and all of the nations under their influence. The restrictions that had once been universally applied to sexual activity were gradually removed. Sex was free for all comers to participate in, and marriage became an optional extra. In her song "My Old Man" Joni Mitchell sang, "We don't need no piece of paper from the city hall keeping us tied and true". The "me generation" had lost sight of the true meaning of marriage and its pivotal role in the establishment and maintenance of a stable and well-balanced society. It became something that you could opt into if you felt so inclined, but was no longer considered to be a moral necessity.

Today, many couples live together and raise a family without any thought of getting married. Other couples spend a fortune on a lavish wedding, and then separate from each other a few years, or even a few months, later. Now in England and Wales, as well as Brazil, France, New Zealand, Canada, and possibly other countries as well, marriage is being redefined to include same-sex couples.

What is going on? What is, or should be, the Christian attitude toward sex and marriage? What does the Bible say on this subject that is so vital to human life (since without it none of us would be in existence at all)? And should we be paying any attention to what the Bible says, anyway? I hope to answer these questions in this essay.

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