Monday, March 4, 2013

Celibacy is a Gift from God

1 Corinthians 7:7 (NLT 1st edition)
I wish everyone could get along without marrying, just as I do.  But, we are not all the same.  God gives some the gift of marriage, and to others he gives the gift of singleness (celibacy).

The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 7 is about celibacy and marriage.  Celibacy is the renunciation of sex and marriage.  It is a gift from God.  In Matthew 19:12, Jesus spoke of eunuchs who chose not to marry and they do it for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.  It also bears witness and is a sign of things to come at the end of this age for all eternity.  Not many people have this gift, it is only given to those who can receive it.

Celibacy and marriage are of divine origin: