SEX DURING WOMAN'S MONTHLY PERIOD?
MY ANSWER TO THE ANSWER -- Keith Hunt
Question: "Is it acceptable to God for a husband and wife to have sex while the wife is menstruating / having her period?"
Answer:Leviticus 15:19says, “When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.” Similarly,Leviticus 15:24says. “If a man lies with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.” Finally,Leviticus 20:18declares, “If a man lies with a woman during her monthly period and has sexual relations with her, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them must be cut off from their people.” As a result of these Scriptures, some hold that a married couple should not have sex while the wife is having her period.
MY ANSWER: ANCIENT ISRAEL WAS IN THE MAIN A CARNAL NATION, ONLY A FEW HAD GOD'S SPIRIT WORKING WITH THEM [SEE NUMBER 11]. GOD USED PHYSICAL NATURAL [RIGHT AND PROPER IN THEMSELVES] TO COVEY A MESSAGE OF SPIRITUALITY. THE FIRST TWO VERSES QUOTED ARE TO DO WITH BEING "UNCLEAN" FROM TEMPLE WORSHIP. CERTAIN PHYSICAL THINGS THAT NATURE, THE REGULAR HUMAN MIND KNOWING CERTAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE BODY THOUGH GOD MADE, ARE SOMEWHAT PHYSICALLY .... WELL HOW CAN I PUT IT .... WELL LIKE A BOWEL MOVEMENT, NATURAL, BUT WE DO IT IN PRIVATE, AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE MESS AROUND WITH. GOD TOOK A PHYSICAL FUNCTION OF THE WOMAN, THAT AGAIN, WE KEEP KINDA PRIVATE, AND DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH. IT IS NOT THE CLEANEST THING IN THE PHYSICAL, AS A BOWEL MOVEMENT IS NOT. GOD TOOK THIS AND WAS GIVING A LESSON OF PURITY FROM IT. GOD IS PURE AND THERE IS NO UNCLEANNESS IN HIM. HENCE TO FINALLY COME BEFORE HIM IN PURITY AND CLEANNESS, WE WILL NEED TO BE PURE. JESUS PAID FOR OUR SINS, UNCLEANNESS, AND SO WE CAN COME BEFORE HIM THROUGH CHRIST NOW, AND EVENTUALLY IN THE RESURRECTION BEFORE HIM LITERALLY, BECAUSE WE SHALL BE PURE, NO IMPURITY IN US AT ALL. SO THE TWO VERSES OF LEV. 15:19 AND 24 GAVE A LESSON TO PHYSICAL CARNAL ISRAEL. CERTAIN PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS AND SICKNESSES THAT PEOPLE HAD, THEY COULD NOT COME INTO THE HOLY PRESENCE OF GOD IN TEMPLE WORSHIP UNDER THE OLD COVENANT. MANY THINGS IN THIS CHAPTER ARE GIVEN AS NOW UNCLEAN IN A CERTAIN WAY OF HUMANLY LOOKING AT IT, AND SO TEMPLE WORSHIP WAS FORBIDDEN FOR PERIODS OF TIME; THEN WHEN THIS UN-CLEANNESS WAS OVER, CERTAIN SACRIFICES NEEDED TO BE MADE, TO RE-ENTER THE TEMPLE WORSHIP OF GOD. IT WAS A PHYSICAL TEACHING TOOL TO GIVE A SPIRITUAL LESSON OF HOW WE CAN COME BEFORE GOD.
NOW LEV. 20:18 - "CUT OFF" - NOTE THE WORDING IS NOT "UNCLEAN FOR...." AS IN THE OTHER TWO VERSES QUOTED ABOVE. THE OBVIOUS MEANING IS A MORE STRICTER PENALTY FOR WHAT LEV. 20:18 IS TALKING ABOUT. ALBERY BARNES IN HIS BIBLE COMMENTARY SAYS IN REGARDS TO VERSE 17 AND "CUT OFF" - "SEE EX. 31:14 NOTE. THE MORE FULL EXPRESSION HERE USED PROBABLY REFERS TO SOME SPECIAL FORM OF PUBLIC EXCOMMUNICATION, ACCOMPANIED, IT MAY BE, BY EXPULSION FROM THE CAMP." ON EX. 31:14 BARNES SAYS: "SEE NUM. 15:32-36. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE MEANING OF THE TWO EXPRESSIONS, TO BE CUT OFF FROM THE PEOPLE, AND TO BE PUT TO DEATH, IS HERE INDICATED. HE WHO WAS CUT OFF FROM THE PEOPLE HAD, BY HIS OFFENSE, PUT HIMSELF OUT OF THE TERMS OF THE COVENANT, AND WAS AN OUTLAW. ON SUCH, AND ON SUCH ALONE, WHEN THE OFFENSE WAS ONE WHICH AFFECTED THE WELL-BEING OF THE NATION, AS IT WAS IN THIS CASE, DEATH COULD BE INFLICTED BY THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY."
I HOPE YOU SEE WHAT ALBERT BARNES WAS SAYING. "CUT OFF" COULD APPLY TO SOME SPECIAL FORM OF EXCOMMUNICATION, AND MAY BE EXPULSION FROM THE CAMP. THEN WITHIN CERTAIN PARAMETERS IT COULD MEAN THE DEATH PENALTY.
NOW IT SHOULD BE SEEN THAT LEV. 20:18 AND "CUT OFF" IS SOME FORM OF EXCOMMUNICATION AND/OR EXPULSION FROM THE CAMP.
I SUBMIT TO YOU THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEV. 15:19, 24 AND LEV. 20:18. THE LATTER VERSE AS GIVEN ABOVE IS CLEAR IT IS TO DO WITH SEXUAL INTERCOURSE DURING THE WOMEN'S MONTHY PERIOD. AND PENALTY IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM CHAPTER 15:19,24. THE TWO ARE NOT DIRECTLY CONNECTED AT ALL. LEV. 20:18 IS A LAW UNTO ITSELF, AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TEMPLE PER SE, OR BETTER PUT, IT WOULD STILL BE UNCLEAN FOR TEMPLE WORSHIP, AS IT STILL IS CONCERNING AN "ISSUE" MAKING UNCLEAN FOR TEMPLE WORSHIP; BUT GOD SKIPS OVER THAT PART, AND GOES STRAIGHT TO THE MAIN POINT...... SUCH AN ACT OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE DURING A WOMAN'S MONTHLY PERIOD, GOD HOLDS AS AN INFRACTION ALL BY ITSELF, WHICH WARRANTS A PENALTY OF EXCOMMUNICATION OF SOME KIND FROM THE CAMP. GOD IS MAKING THE POINT HERE THAT THIS ACT IS NOT CEREMONIAL IN TERMS OF THE TEMPLE, BUT A STRAIGHT UP LAW FROM HIM, THAT PRACTICING SEX BY BOTH DURING THE MONTHLY PERIOD TIME IS WRONG, IS NOT TO BE DONE, AND REQUIRES SOME FORM OF EXCOMMUNICATION FROM THE CAMP.
NOW USE SOME LOGIC. THE COUPLE EXCOMMUNICATED FOR SEX DURING THE WOMAN'S MONTHLY PERIOD, WOULD BE HIT BETWEEN THE EYES, THAT GOD DID NOT APPROVE OF SUCH A LIFE STYLE. YES I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT IS THE CLEAR AND PLAIN TEACHING THAT GOD WANTED TO GET ACROSS TO ANCIENT ISRAEL IN LEV. 20:18. THE LAW AND PENALTY FOR BREAKING THIS LAW WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM LEV. 15:19, 24.
The problem with this view is that if the Scriptures are applied consistently, even touching a woman who is having her menstrual flow would be forbidden. Further, according toLeviticus 15:20-23, even touching something that the woman has also touched would be forbidden.
MY ANSWER: YES THAT WAS TRUE INDEED. BUT THE CONTEXT IS "UNCLEANNESS" AND MOST SCHOLARS KNOW THAT MEANT YOU WERE NOT OR COULD NOT COME TO WORSHIP GOD IN THE TEMPLE, BUT YOU COULD STILL BE FREE TO MOVE ABOUT IN ISRAEL AMONG THE PEOPLE. LEV. 20: 18 ...... A DIFFERENT LAW WITH A VASTLY DIFFERENT PENALTY.
Do these laws apply to us today? No, they do not. Why? It is important to remember the purpose of the Old Testament laws concerning blood. In the sacrificial system, blood was sacred (Leviticus 17:11). A woman’s “uncleanness” during her period was symbolic of the value placed on blood. As a result, contact with a woman who was having her period was forbidden.
MY ANSWER: TRUE CERTAIN OLD TESTAMENT LAWS DO NOT APPLY TO US TODAY, ESPECIALLY OLD TEMPLE LAWS [THERE IS NOT PHYSICAL TEMPLE TODAY FOR YOU TO BE NOT ALLOWED IN TO WORSHIP GOD]. I HAVE AN IN-DEPTH STUDY ON MY WEBSITE CALLED "LIVING BY EVERY WORD OF GOD - HOW?" WHICH GOES INTO THE OUTLINE OF FIGURING WHICH LAWS OF MOSES ARE FOR US TODAY.
Christians today are not under the Old Testament ceremonial law (Romans 10:4;Galatians 3:24-26;Ephesians 2:15). There no longer is a sacrificial system. Jesus’ blood sacrifice paid the penalty for sins once and for all. The Levitical ceremonial laws do not apply today. There is no biblical reason why a married couple cannot have sex during the wife’s period. Some doctors do not recommend it from a medical perspective, but there are no proven “dangers” of having sexual intercourse during a woman’s period. Usually women have no desire to have sexual relations during their period, so that is definitely another thing to consider. Basically, this issue must be decided by a husband and wife in the spirit of “mutual consent” as1 Corinthians 7:5describes.
MY ANSWER: THE WRITER IS WRONG. THE LAW OF LEV. 20:18 WAS A SEPARATE LAW FROM LEV.15: 19, 24. THE WRITER HAS PUT THEM TOGETHER, WHEN THEY ARE NOT TOGETHER AT ALL. LEV. 20:18 IS A LAW UNTO ITSELF, WITH A MUCH GREATER PENALTY FOR BOTH THE MAN AND THE WOMAN. GOD IS CLEARLY STATING IN LEV. 20:18 THAT HE DOES NOT WANT A MAN AND WOMAN HAVING SEXUAL INTERCOURSE DURING THE WOMAN'S MONTHLY PERIOD. AND DOING SO WOULD MEAN SOME SORT OF EXCOMMUNICATION UNTIL THE COUPLE GOT THE MESSAGE AS WE WOULD SAY.
THE MIXING OF VERSES TOGETHER WHEN THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE TOGETHER IS A WRONG WAY TO READ THE BIBLE. AND WILL THEREFORE LEAD INTO WRONG THEOLOGY.
NOW GOD DOES NOT EXPLAIN TO US IN THE BIBLE WHY HE DOES NOT WANT A MARRIED COUPLE TO HAVE SEX DURING THE WOMAN'S MONTHLY PERIOD. BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE TO TELL US; IT SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR US TO KNOW THAT HE DESIGNED THE HUMAN BODY, AND HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR US. HUMANLY TO ME IT IS KINDA "YUCK - ICKY." JUST BECAUSE THERE IS NO "PROVEN DANGERS" FOR HAVING SEX DURING A WOMAN'S PERIOD, DOES NOT MEAN THERE ARE NOT; MANY OF OUR SICKNESS ARE FROM WRONG WAYS OF LIVING. THERE MAYBE NO "PROVEN DANGERS" FROM EATING WHITE BREAD, AND WHITE BREAD PRODUCTS ALL YOUR LIFE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU GOD DID NOT INVENT WHITE BREAD, THAT WAS MAN'S MODERN WORLD THAT DID THAT. AND I CAN TELL YOU FROM GOD'S HEALTH PERSPECTIVE, WHITE BREAD PRODUCTS HAVE BROUGHT ILL-HEALTH ON THE WORLD, EVEN IF IN A LABORATORY YOU CANNOT PROVE IT IS DANGEROUS.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT I'VE NOT COVERED IN ANY STUDY ARTICLE, SENT TO ME TO ANSWER BY A FRIEND.
I WILL THEREFORE POST IT ON MY BLOG.