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Edward Pothier said in December 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm

You might want to consider some of St. Paul’s statements in chapter 7 of 1 Corinthians before so easily assuming that every Christian should be married! Celibacy is certainly an option and Paul strongly recommends it for those who are called to it.

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Shaun Tabatt said in December 1st, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Edward,

Thank you for your comment. I think it’s fair to assume that this is directed at those folks who aren’t called to celibacy.

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art fisher said in March 6th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I agree with your assessment of Paul’s statements from 1Cor. chap. 7, re: the man of God, working for God without the benefit of a wife. However, that same God said, “its not good for the man, to be alone, ….so he made a helper, suitable for the man to help the man be, and do what God who made him had purposed. Not many men, even the called ones have the gift of celibacy. I’m sure you know these things but just a thought …

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Shaun Tabatt said in March 7th, 2010 at 11:15 am

Art,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I know from my own experience that I would not be nearly half as successful in life, but for the suitable “helper” God has blessed me with. As for the gift of celibacy, I suspect it would be very difficult to cultivate it through your own efforts, especially if it’s not something God has called you to.