Friday, 19 May 2017

The Concept of "Bodily Autonomy" has Absolutely NO Place in Marriage

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24).

The modern world believes in 'bodily autonomy' as an unquestionable dogma. It screams out that abominable slogan, "my body, my choice", whether it be in relation to abortion, where the body inside the mother's body is not the mother's body, or fornication. 

Such a vile doctrine needs to be challenged. It is a demonic doctrine that leads to Hell.

'One flesh' comes from the Hebrew word 'basar'  which literally means human flesh. So, Genesis 2:24 is referring to the most intimate human relations of all kinds, sexual relations within marriage. It is the physical or conjugal union of a husband and wife which no one is to set apart:

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

(Mark 10:7-9).

Sexual intercourse is the ultimate consummation of marriage.  A sexless "marriage" is not a marriage. It is as much as marriage as homosexual "marriage".

Marriage is that which necessarily requires sacrifice. Sacrifice is the foundation of marriage. Without full sacrifice on part of either the husband or wife, the marriage cannot stand. That is why both husband and wife must be humble and stop be self-serving, to be able to have a successful marriage in the eyes of God.

Unlike what many Christians think, neither husband or wife needs to seek 'consent' for marital sex, because the wife's body is the husband's, and the husband's body is the wife's:
 
The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife (1 Corinthians 7:4). 


Two bodies become one. Each spouse owns the whole the flesh, and neither has her or his own body. 

Consent in 1 Corinthians 7 refers to consent to not be physically united in one flesh, that is, to not be engaging in sexual intercourse. The only time when a husband and wife should agree not to be making love is for prayer and fasting:  

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency (1 Corinthians 7:5).

Thus, the concept of bodily autonomy itself, is rebellion against God. It is really a means to pervert marriage as one where husband and wife are independent of each other, and sex as one to be enjoyed outside of marriage. Proverbs refers to such fornication as "stolen water" (Proverbs 9:17) which the rebellious world loves so much, not even realising the destruction that it leads to.

Have you noticed how many in modern society love the idea of sex outside marriage, but hate the idea of sex within marriage? They enjoy the good fruits of sexual pleasure, but want to gain it by their own way. This is part of their rebellion against God, as stirred up by satan. The heart of this rebellion is the love of oneself, and the hatred of giving up oneself and submission of one's whole self to God, which is the diametric opposite of marriage, where one is to give up oneself, and submit to God by obeying His assigned roles of man and woman.

Why does satan seek to make people hate the doctrine of submission by the wife, but not sacrifice by the husband?  Because he is seeking to pervert the doctrine of submission itself, and stir up people to feel that others should make sacrifices for them, but that they do not need to make sacrifices themselves. He knows it is the utter perversion of God's order. He is ultimately seeking to pervert God's instituted way which is for the benefit of both men and women, where men lead and women submit, so that they may be sanctified by God.

The concept of 'bodily autonomy' is not only a selfish concept. It is a perverted concept which claims that one's body is one's own, when it really belongs to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), rejecting His absolute right to own your body which He created for His pleasure.

The idea of 'bodily autonomy' has absolutely no place in marriage. It is an abomination to God to insist on your 'bodily autonomy', especially in marriage.