Sexuality: a Biblical Perspective

Speaker: Categories: May 19, 2001


This lecture has 3 CDs/MP3 files

[1hr, 14min, 1sec / 1hr, 19min, 22sec / 16min, 56sec]


"For people who take the Bible seriously, what it has to say about sexuality, so basic to human experience, is of great significance," asserts Dr. Blazen. "The undergirding thesis of my presentation will be: In Scripture we hear good news not only about salvation but about sexuality, which God included in his pronouncement "very good" at Creation. Though sin has brought distortion, God has brought redemption, and human sexuality, far from being diminished, has been enhanced so that it may become the joy and fulfillment God created it to be."

"This thesis," continues our May speaker, "will be worked out through a study of the relevant Scriptural texts. It must be said, however, that to understand the biblical perspective on sexuality, it is not sufficient merely to identify and gather the passages directly referring to the subject. As with other topics, to be truly biblical, one must place the subject of sexuality within the broader scriptural framework represented by creation, the fall and redemption. These are the driving concerns of scripture and thus the conditioning factors for a proper biblical understanding of sexuality."

"Furthermore, it must be remembered," Professor  Blazen advises, "that the biblical passages dealing with the issue are ad hoc in nature. They are not parts of a carefully crafted, systematic teaching on sexuality, but were occasional statements designed to meet specific needs at specific times. We are obligated, therefore, to look not only at the text in its local context, but underneath the text to discern the principles which actuated it and which may be applied ever anew. "


Dr. Ivan T. Blazen is Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology at Lorna Linda University and an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has taught at Loma Linda for nine years, Pacific Union College for three years and, prior to these appointments, was for many years Professor of New Testament in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University. Dr. Blazen has done extensive graduate work at such institutions as Andrews University and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, the University of Heidelberg, Drew University, and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received his PhD degree.  His latest writings include commentaries on First and Second Corinthians and a major essay on "Salvation" in the newly published Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, Volume 12 of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary series. He has shared his research with this Chapter on five previous occasions.

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