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1 Corinthians 6:19 – Temple prostitution

05-04-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet

Or are you not aware that your body is a temple of the holy spirit in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own?

Corinth was a huge port city in the days of Paul. The city had many temples, with the most famous being the goddess of love Aphrodite. In total, around a thousand prostitutes must have been employed in these temples. The debauchery of the city was proverbial throughout the Greek world.

Prostitution and the temples of the idols were inextricably connected. Mankind has long been aware that sexuality expresses a divine secret. Of love, unification and thereby the creation of new life. But just as the temples make a caricature of the true GOD, so the prostitution makes a caricature of true love and unity.

Paul says to the believers: God’s holy spirit dwells in you and that makes your body a temple. When you lend your body for fornication, you are actually committing temple prostitution. Fornication means to have intercourse with someone who is not your wife or husband (1 Cor. 6:16). It is an occasional unification. That is not GOD’s way of thinking. Because his love is always faithful. Unbreakable!