Michael W. Campbell
Michael W. Campbell, PhD, is assistant professor of Theological-Historical Studies, Adventist Overseas Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Throughout a class room conversation in regards to the sanctity of this Sabbath, a participant raised a concern: “I am fighting a sin,” he confessed. “I am lured to have sexual intercourse with my partner on Sabbath.”
This issue is perhaps not unusual, and a diversity is raised by it of viewpoints, 1 although little happens to be posted. 2
So what does the Bible state about the subject? We will think about the concern by reviewing (1) the leading argument utilized against intercourse on Sabbath; (2) the biblical view of sex; (3) perversion of this biblical view; and (4) concluding findings.
The leading argument against participating in intercourse on Sabbath will be based upon Isaiah 58:13: “If thou turn away thy base through the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure to my holy time” (KJV). Since intercourse is enjoyable, scriptural injunction against doing sexual intercourse on Sabbath is observed as apparent. 3
The context of Isaiah 58 relates to Sabbath regarding the day’s Atonement. The of Atonement was a day devoted to self-examination, judgment, and cleansing day. Every person ended up being likely to engage lest she or he be “cut down” (Lev. 23:29). There is absolutely no textual proof to suggest that intercourse had been forbidden in the Sabbath or even the day’s Atonement. Rene Gehring contends that when you look at the Hebrew Bible, sexual activity within wedding isn’t ritually defiling at all. 4 He cons >Roy Gane makes the idea that such “ritual defilement” only applied although the Shekinah glory was at the temple. 5 therefore, within a classic Testament context, sexual satisfaction is good. (suite…)