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The Bomb That Was Too Big

Adultery Sexual Promiscuity Consequences

Source: "The Monster Bomb That Was Too Big To Use," BBC, August 16, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:18 ; Psalms 51:4

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The BBC reports,

On the morning of 30 October 1961, a Soviet Tu-95 bomber took off from ... the far north of Russia.

... World War Two had placed the US and USSR in the same camp, but the post-war period had seen relations chill and then freeze. And the Soviets, presented with a rivalry against the world’s only nuclear superpower, had only one option – to catch up. Fast.

... The Tsar Bomba was no ordinary nuclear bomb. It was the result of a feverish attempt by the USSR’s scientists to create the most powerful nuclear weapon yet, spurred on by Premier Nikita Khruschchev’s desire to make the world tremble at the might of Soviet technology. It was more than a metal monstrosity too big to fit inside even the largest aircraft – it was a city destroyer, a weapon of last resort.

... [The] Tsar Bomba unleashed almost unbelievable energy – now widely agreed to be in the order of 57 megatons, or 57 million tons of TNT. That is more than 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, and 10 times more powerful than all the munitions expended during World War Two. Sensors registered the bomb’s blast wave orbiting the Earth not once, not twice, but three times .... Some scientists began to believe it was too big ...  If the bomb was as powerful as intended, the aircraft would have been on a one-way mission.

The power of the bomb persuaded nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov to renounce nuclear weapons 

APPLICATION

A bomb too big to fit into a plane and too powerful for a flight crew to get out of its range of destruction is just too big, too powerful! 

Likewise, there are some sins that are so destructive that we dare not commit them for fear that we will not be able to escape what we’ve unleashed.

On the top of that list is the sin of adultery!  The power of this destructive force is so great that it should lead us all to denounce it!

Not even a king is protected from the destructive forces of sexual promiscuity.  Remember, it was the great sin with Bathsheba that undermined the house of David. 

"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18). 

"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge" (Psalm 51:4). 

Is The Bible Guilty of Hate Speech?

God's Love God's Judgment Sexual Promiscuity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-18

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Any parent, no matter how wonderful, can be made to sound like a monster should their words be edited with that purpose. That’s what many do with the Bible. Despite the clear message of God’s unconditional love for every single person, some choose to exclusively focus on the most negative, the most condemning passages they can find. The problem is these passages can’t be properly appreciated pulled out of their context.

While it’s true that the Bible expresses God’s strong displeasure on a host of lifestyle choices that many deem completely acceptable today, i.e. homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, etc., the overriding message is clear—“God is love” (1 John 4:16). That means God doesn’t need us to perform in a certain way before He can love us, it is His nature to love. To love us, all God needs comes from within Himself.  

APPLICATION

So the question is never whether God is willing to love us—the question will always be are we willing to receive His love.

This is where those harsh passages in the Bible come into play. Like a loving Father, God expresses condemnation for certain lifestyle choices, not because they diminish His love for us, but because they bring distance between Him and us. While this is true of all violations of God's moral will, it is especially true of sexual transgressions.

That’s why God pronounces a death sentence on such violations. But if you leave the Bible on that note, you'll miss one of its most powerful lessons. For, while these strong words of condemnation were intended to communicate the seriousness of the situation, they also set the stage for something wonderful ... for God to don flesh and die on a cross to take our death sentence away!  

It’s true that the Bible expresses hatred for the things that draw our hearts away, but it is just as true that God loves each and every one of us, no matter what our lifestyle choices are or have been. God proved this by taking the very sentence He pronounced against us upon Himself.  Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends” (John 15:13). And that's exactly what Jesus did! The Apostle Paul wrote, "God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8).

How ironic that some have turned away from God because of His judgment of certain choices when Jesus has stepped in and taken that judgment upon Himself! Instead of a cause to question God's love, these harsh judgments have been transformed into the greatest proof of God's love!

One final very important thought: If you’re gay or sexually active outside of God’s prescribed bonds of marriage, and you reject the idea that there is anything wrong with your lifestyle, please understand that whether you're right or not, it doesn’t absolve you of your need for a Savior. That’s because we ALL violate God’s will in a multitude of ways, most of which have nothing to do with our sexual orientation. 

We are ALL broken and in need of reconciliation with God.  If it’s not our sexual behavior, it’s greed or pride or hate, or a host of other possible violations in our attitudes and actions. We ALL need a Savior.  So, if you don’t like one reason for coming to Jesus, pick the one you prefer. Just make sure you come!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10, NLT).

Take Your Anti-Infidelity Pill Every Day

Marriage Betrayal Sexual Promiscuity

Source: “Just How Many Spouses Cheat?” by Karlyn Bowman, published FORBES, 6/29/09

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-29

Scripture: Hebrews 13:4

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How “affair proof” is your marriage? If you’re like most people, you think, "That could never happen to us.” But truth be told, affairs happen more often than any of us would care to acknowledge. Though in our rapidly changing culture, we are increasingly more aware of affairs “out there” somewhere, we still cling to the notion that infidelity couldn’t and shouldn’t happen within our own marriage. So, statistically speaking, what is the likelihood your own marriage might be affected by infidelity?

[Tom] Smith, who directs the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, has spent years steeped in the academic and popular polls on the subject. … In a 2006 paper Smith reported: “The best estimates are that about 3% to 4% of currently married people have a sexual partner besides their spouse in a given year and about 15% to 18% of ever-married people have had a sexual partner other than their spouse while married.”

Many studies have cited slightly lower figures, and some have cited significantly higher. Average them out and researchers have found that somewhere between 18-25% of all married persons have had at least one sexual encounter with someone other than their own spouse. That number is high all by itself, but consider the fact that there are two people in every marriage and that statistic stands to have even greater impact on a marriage relationship.

APPLICATION

With statistics like that, we’d be well advised to do whatever we can to inoculate our own marriages against the virulent threat of infidelity. Open communication, accountability, cultivating friendship and shared experiences, purposefully attending to mutual care, even reading the best books and/or attending marriage retreats, seminars, etc. are all helpful strategies.

Whatever strategies you choose to employ, however, consider the wise counsel of best selling author and infidelity guru Peggy Vaughn:

Preventing affairs in not like having a one-time-inoculation, or even getting occasional booster shots. It’s more like taking a pill every day for the rest of your life.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).

Adults Only Services Extend God's Grace to Sex Offenders

Sexual Promiscuity Judging Fellowship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-14

Scripture: John 8:7 ; Romans 2:1

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The Path of Purity

Dating Sexual Promiscuity Purity

Contributed By: David Seeley | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Psalms 119:9

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Tax Supported Sin in Switzerland

Sexual Promiscuity Consequences Exploitation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-31

Scripture: Galatians 5:19 ; 1 Corinthians 6:9

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Snake on Fire!

Adultery Sexual Promiscuity Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:29

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Living In An Age of Tertiary Prevention

Sexual Promiscuity Obedience Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-12-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:21

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License to Sin

Sexual Promiscuity Grace Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-09-24

Scripture: Romans 5:20 ; Romans 6:1

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The Culture of Illegitimacy

Fatherhood Sexual Promiscuity Family (Values)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-06-17

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