But those who “burn” (with sexual desire) are distracted by it, and are therefore hindered in their work.
Yet, without of the past, there can be no remembering.
“Never Forget” signals a call to diligent remembering “lest we forget” the centuries of cruelty, even atrocities, committed in professedly “good conscience” for supposedly “sacred” causes, backed up by words from the Bible, the Koran and political ideologies that – sometimes – get reinterpreted or rejected later on.
But it’s always for the victims of earlier interpretations, whose ordeals are now so easily forgotten, lest they suggest there are contemporary victims of contemporary “sacred” causes and ideologies.
But there is the possibility that this person had been told that marriage was necessary.
I’ve heard that some of the sects of Mormons preach that girls must be married in order to enter heaven–which is why they have girls as young as 14 get married, many times to older men. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians (above), he specifically mentioned females as well as males when talking about whether or not Christians should get married, saying that it was better to remain unmarried if you could stand it. Update to this post: I was blessed to read this post from a man’s perspective on why modern men seem to want to avoid marriage and talk young ladies into shacking up instead, and what women can do about it.
Ralph Blair (PDF version available here) Harvard philosopher George Santayana famously warned: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That’s been shown to be tragically true, time after time.
And forgetfulness condemns far more folks than merely the forgetful.
(This post was inspired by a search term that someone used to find my blog.) Answer: It depends.
There were many individuals listed in the Bible who were not married, but most were. In the Old Testament as well as the New, it is crystal-clear that sexual relations are only allowed between married individuals.