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Romance in the Bible?

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Does God have anything to say about love, sex, and intimacy? For many people the words "romance" and "Bible" conjure up a long list of religious "thou shalt nots." But this is not the way God intended for us to relate to love. He created us in love and for love. And the Bible has a great deal to say about romantic love. An entire book is devoted to the topic, The Song of Solomon, eight chapters of Scripture—set right in the wisdom books in the Old Testament.

"The book takes a specific couple and gives seven snap-shots related to attraction, dating, courtship, sexuality, and marriage," says Tommy Nelson, author of The Book of Romance. "In two of the chapters, we watch the couple fight and resolve their conflict. We see how their devotion deepens the longer they are married. We encounter the entire scope of their romantic and sexual relationship, from their first meeting to their passion within marriage. And all along the way, we see there is something divine in their union. They both experience desire and passion, and yet their desire is always in the right context and timing. A passionate fire builds between them, and that fire is maintained throughout their relationship."

All too frequently, we expect promiscuity from single people and cold detachment from married people. But The Song of Solomon shows us that God expects just the opposite: single people who are controlled and married people who are romantically exciting.

Nelson counsels many young couples who have a distorted view of sex. The damage this can cause a relationship is disheartening. But if you want to understand romance in a Christian context, Song of Solomon has more to say than you can imagine.
 
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The entire Bible is the story of the greatest "romance" of all... God and His people... Christ and the Church. Christ is the bridegroom, and we, the Church, are His bride.

This is why St. Paul tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church (cf. Ephesians 5:21-33). Our earthly romance should be an imitation of the heavenly.

A really good book about Christian romance is called "Love and Responsibility" by Karol Wojtyla.
 
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CourageousLove said:
A really good book about Christian romance is called "Love and Responsibility" by Karol Wojtyla.
I think i have to check out this book for knowing more about Christian romance.

God bless you
 
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Read Song of Solomon if you want stories about romance, sex and love all in one.

Song of Solomon 7
THE Beloved

1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince’s daughter!
The curves of your thighs are like jewels,
The work of the hands of a skillful workman.
2 Your navel is a rounded goblet;
It lacks no blended beverage.
Your waist is a heap of wheat
Set about with lilies.
3 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle.
4 Your neck is like an ivory tower,
Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon
By the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
Which looks toward Damascus.

5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel,
And the hair of your head is like purple;
A king is held captive by your tresses.
6 How fair and how pleasant you are,
O love, with your delights!
7 This stature of yours is like a palm tree,
And your breasts like its clusters.
8 I said, “I will go up to the palm tree,
I will take hold of its branches.”
Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
The fragrance of your breath like apples,
9 And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.

THE Shulamite

The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved,
Moving gently the lips of sleepers.
10 I am my beloved’s,
And his desire is toward me.
11 Come, my beloved,
Let us go forth to the field;
Let us lodge in the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards;
Let us see if the vine has budded,
Whether the grape blossoms are open,
And the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give off a fragrance,
And at our gates are pleasant fruits,
All manner, new and old,
Which I have laid up for you, my beloved.
 
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Wao! what a poetic device solomom employed to describe "her" love.If this could be in the scriptures and all scriptures are inspired by God...then,romance is God approved!
 
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If you want the most definitive, exciting description of God's love for His church, The Song of Songs (Also known as The Song of Solomon) is the narrative for you..

I'm not a poet, nor am I well versed in poetry. But, I've no doubt that man has never authored a love poem that can come close to the romantic passion of The Song of Songs.


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I need some clarification

Could anyone please clarify this scripture for me. As I understand it, after the resurrection no one will be married, so this is my question. Why get married in the first place. lol. I'm not saying you shouldn't, I don't understand it.

Matthew 22:23-30

23On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,

24asking, "Teacher, Moses said, 'IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.'

25"Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;

26so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.

27"Last of all, the woman died.

28"In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her."

29But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

30"For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
 
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God established marriage on earth as the proper means of populating the earth and providing for Godly social organization.

When Christ returns and claims His bride (the church), earthly protocols will go out of existence and all born-again believers will become the Bride of Christ.

"Then I (John) heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters, and loud peals of thunder, shouting: 'Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready'. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)"

(Rev 19:7-8)


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Thanks SpiritLedEd,
I don't have anything against marriage. Reading the scripture I posted makes me excited, I don't think we've got an idea what is in store for us one day. I don't want to be married, but I don't think anything is wrong with marriage, it's just my preferrence. I'd much rather be like an angel in heaven. :smile:

Jesus said in John 3:11-12

11"Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.

12"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

So it's our job to believe in the earthly things first, that includes marriage and then one day we will know about the heavenly things. There's so much out there!
 

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