Serving an international
Vol. 10 No. 10 October 2008
This article is neither
intended to be a critical
examination or exegesis of the whole passage of
Let us make clear that whatever conclusion we reach is merely a conclusion, and not a clear and unequivocal Bible statement. However, the method of arriving at the conclusion and the conclusion itself will be indicated in the following.
First, we need to examine the Bible meaning of “fornication.” Although the common present day usage of the term may usually refer to sexual intercourse between unmarried persons, Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, Second ed.(1949), p. 993 correctly says, “Fornication is sometimes used, espec. in the Bible, to include all sexual intercourse except between husband and wife.” Thayer says (p. 532) that it means, “illicit sexual intercourse in general.” Ultimately, the Bible meaning of a term must be decided from the Bible usage of the term.
When we examine such
Also, when we examine all cognate words that are etymologically related to porno, translated “fornication “ 26 times, we find pornos translated “fornicator” 5 times and “whoremonger” 5 times. As we read all these references, we see that they refer to all illicit sexual intercourse and not merely that between unmarried persons.
The question may then be raised, “What is the difference between fornication and adultery?” The word “adultery” refers to unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another, whereas “fornication” refers to illicit intercourse with any other—including homosexuality and bestiality.
therefore, is that there is nothing in
the passage of