Don’t You Know That You Don’t Belong To Yourself? – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

We answer another question from Tumblr about hell, what happens after we die, and the fear and anxiety that surrounds this concept. “It’s not fair that no one knows what happens when we die until we get there and I don’t wanna suffer eternally and I want to let go of it but what if it’s real???” Tune in to know why this question hits us right in the heart and why we think most questions we receive have this underlying fear as the reason for asking.

The text we queer this week is from 1 Corinthians which, by the way, is not part of the lectionary readings, but we decided to queer one that is a favorite of Brian’s. We think this passage is a great example of how scriptures are really complex and why it’s important to do the work to reinterpret, figure out what it means to us, and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Life updates from Fr. Shay and Brian [0:54]
  • Anonymous question from Tumblr [10:35]
  • The questions that are interconnected, but shouldn’t be [12:21]
  • There are more ways than one to be a Christian [13:42]
  • What are we really living for? [14:44]
  • Go back to love and God is LOVE [15:43]
  • Podcast announcement [21:07] 
  • Queering the text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 [22:03]
  • Why in the world does Brian love this passage? [23:47]
  • The Holy Spirit is inside of us [25:50]
  • The danger of purity culture [29:58]
  • “We belong to one another” [31:59]

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1 Corinthians 6:12-20

I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, and yet God will do away with both. The body isn’t for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. God has raised the Lord and will raise us through his power. Don’t you know that your bodies are parts of Christ? So then, should I take parts of Christ and make them a part of someone who is sleeping around? No way!  Don’t you know that anyone who is joined to someone who is sleeping around is one body with that person? The scripture says, The two will become one flesh. The one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Avoid sexual immorality! Every sin that a person can do is committed outside the body, except those who engage in sexual immorality commit sin against their own bodies. 

Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.

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