Jesus and Sex
October 24, 2015
Dr. Mark S. Latkovic
When Jesus says that everyone [any man] who so much as looks at a woman with lust, has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Mt. 5:28), there is an implicit assumption that marriage is between a man and a woman. Jesus does not have to state this explicitly because he himself as a Jew assumes so much of the Jewish tradition on sex and marriage as a divinely-ordained coupling of one man and one woman. In fact, in the preceding verse, he refers to the commandment against adultery in Ex. 20:14 and Dt. 5:18.
Further evidence of this Old Testament background comes when Jesus speaks of cutting off one’s right hand rather than letting it cause one to sin and then end in Gehenna (Mt. 5:30). Many have seen this as a common rabbinic way of speaking about the prohibited practice of masturbation. But we can also see a connection between masturbation and homosexual sex: Masturbation (whether alone or mutual) bears a likeness to homosexual activity in that it is sex divorced from the basic human goods of sexual activity – i.e., procreation and the two-in-one flash unity of complimentary persons in marriage – and thus it is purposeless or meaningless sex.