Does the Bible promote celibacy?
When I was younger I was told by my Bible school superintendent not to marry and serve the Lord.
He quoted this verse.
1 Corinthians 7:28
But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.
I want us to see what this passage is about in its context.
1 Corinthians 7:26
I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.
I want us to see the words “present crisis” and read the same together with this verse.
1 Corinthians 7:31
and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
“The world in the present form is passing away.”
This is about AD70. That’s the present crisis. It’s about the destruction of Jerusalem. The world under Moses.
That’s why they are to avoid marriage. That’s the “worldly troubles” they were going to go through.
The Bible does not promote celibacy. It tells you to “be fruitful and multiply.” 🤗
Thank God I didn’t listen that load of garbage.