Sex, Suicide, and Politics

About this Episode

Sex, Suicide, and Politics is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.

Today we are going to answer some of our listener’s questions about the hard teachings of the Bible. Our main subjects will deal with Sex, Suicide, and Politics.. Without further ado, let's ask our first question.

Subject Sex.

1. Same-sex Love?
Romans:1 is a text that speaks about sexual "lust," not sexual "love.""love" regarding couples (families).

2. Is oral sex a sin?
Actually, the Bible doesn't specifically address the issue of oral sex. It does differentiate between marriage, heterosexuality, male and female homosexuality, bestiality, and incest, but it really doesn't get into the specific acts that take place within those relationships.

3. Is Polygamy ok?
The Bible doesn't seem to shame Old Testament patriarchs for having multiple wives. In fact, in Chronicles, it actually seems to have been a blessing for a king to have many wives, probably because it multiplied his descendants.

4. How is a Christian deal with a spouse who has no interest in sex?
This is a very complex question with several different possible things to address, thus, we may only make general comments.

As most are aware, a husband and wife should not "defraud" one another except by mutual consent. However, your question is not whether this is wrong but rather what should one do about it. One must not jump to conclusions about why this is taking place. Having no interest in sex may be the result of several things happening in a person's life. There may be emotional struggles with past abuse. There may be a present issue with a relationship with God. There may be a medical impairment that is causing a lack of desire.

Subject: Violence, Suicide, and death

5. Can you tell me where in the Bible it says that suicide is a sin and you won't go to heaven?
Actually, the Bible does not teach that people who commit suicide necessarily go to hell. At various times, some people have argued that suicide sends you to hell because you don't have the opportunity to repent of it. However, failure to repent of a particular sin before you die will not send you to hell.

6. What is the biblical view of capital punishment?
The Old Testament seems to allow it for murderers. I don't seem to find as much in the New Testament except that Romans 13:4 talks of the sword, which is commonly associated with death as an instrument of execution.

7. With everything that is happening in the world, it makes me ask if the world will end soon and even as possible as today.

The short answer is: "We don't know, we can tell you tomorrow."

Though many signs of Christ's coming may be seen through the redemptive history, Matthew 24:6 states: "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

8. If God loves everyone, why does he destroy evil societies?
If he doesn't love the ones he destroys, what is the line between being loved and not being loved? Does he love those who have been condemned to hell? Is there any sense in which God loves Satan as part of his creation?

The Bible indicates that there are various senses in which God loves everyone. He has one type of love for all humanity, another type of love for his covenant people, and another kind of love for the elect. Associated with his love for all humanity is a general love for his creation. But it is important to recognize that this is not all that the Bible says about God's emotions toward these different groups.

Opinion/Thought Answers

9. Politics and Pastors, should they or should they not mix?
I’ve noticed pastors that lean one way or another. And in that way, they pull like-minded parishioners in and drive away disagreeing parishioners. Or they’re silent in their political standing, which does keep the peace, sort of speak.

10. In the early years of Jesus, why weren’t they recorded?
His childhood, teens, and even his young adulthood. The years Jesus was trying to get his wagon license. That type of stuff.

11. Why are certain books “Bible” worthy or canon, while some are not? What’s wrong with the Book of Enoch or the Testament of Solomon, for example?

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