Episode 4 - MONOGAMY

Show Notes:

  • Cultural Developments in American Culture - Zooming in on Marriage
    • Sexual Revolution of 1960s and 70s - Acceptance of Premarital Sex as a Cultural Norm
    • Current Trends
      • Sanction of same sex union
      • Wider acceptance of extra-marital sex (open marriages)
        • Influence of Darwin
        • Influence of Freud 
    • Where we're headed?
      • Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
      • Marriage no longer needed as a cultural norm?
      • Reductio ad absurdum (absurd conclusions = something must be wrong with the premises)
  • Cultural Developments in Genesis - Zooming in on Marriage
    • Genesis 2 Model
      • One Man
      • One Woman
      • One Flesh (Exclusive sexual union)
      • Permanently
    • Departures from the Model
      • Premarital Sex
      • Extramarital Sex
      • Open Marriages
      • Multiple Partners
      • Trial Marriages
      • Polygamy
      • Homosexual Practice
      • Bestiality
      • Rape / Forced Sex
    • Jesus Didn't Have to Address All the Departures Since He endorsed the Genesis 2 Model (Matthew 19)
    • Departure Examples in Genesis
      • Disasters of Polygamy (A Biblical Critique)
      • Development of Prostitution
      • Examples of Sexual Entrapment
      • Examples of Rape
      • Examples of Homosexual practice
      • Examples of Incest
    • "Sexuality is beautiful when it's kept within Genesis 2, but man, can it get ugly when it gets outside of that."
  • Teaching and Preaching the Standard of MONOGAMY
    • Reinforcing Genesis 2 often
    • Connecting Matthew 19 and Ephesians 5 to the original model (since Jesus and Paul do)
    • Tastefully handling the sexual departures in Genesis as examples of what happens when the standard is compromised
    • Use the Genesis departures to also preach GRACE

 

Resources:

We never completely endorse all the thoughts of any human teacher. Make sure you put all resources through the Berean Test (Acts 17:11).

 

Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a fictional dystopian novel set in a future society that genetically engineers humans, designing them to fit into certain social classes from the beginning. They are brainwashed in a number of ways, including the sexual message that "everyone belongs to everyone else." It's a haunting look at a society trying to eradicate marriage and traditional families.

 

If you want to read a synopsis of Sigmund Freud's worldview (and it's a depressing one), read Civilization and Its Discontents. I will warn you that he is an atheist and tries to explain the evolution of belief in God as a psychological "infantile helplessness" in "primitive man." Freud boils most of life down to 2 instincts - those of the ego (self-preservation and aggression toward others) and those of the libido (sexual cravings). His main thesis is that we harm ourselves by placing restrictions on the ego and the libido.


Discussion:

What are some of the fronts on which we can lovingly fight this battle for restoring the honor of Genesis 2 monogamy in our culture? We appreciate your feedback! Please submit your comments in a spirit of love and edification.