EVERY other sin?

Flee from sexual immorality.  Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.              1 Cor 6:18

Why is every other sin outside the body?  Lots of sins are only in the mind, so I suppose those don’t affect your physical body, but what about drug/alcohol abuse?  What about overeating?  Or physically harming yourself?  Those certainly defile the body, don’t they? 

Yeah, I am being picky, I know.  But I do like precision…  Am I missing something here?


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13 Responses to EVERY other sin?

  1. “What about overeating?” We sin everyday with this and know it! We need to back up from the table. We are the most obeise country in the world. We were never meant to eat as much as we do!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps Paul meant something more than merely “body”?  Sex involves the soul and the ability of a person to become “one” with another.  It somehow, in marriage, symbolizes the union of Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31- 32).  I agree that those other things defile the body, but we don’t look at drug abusers, overeaters, or cutters the same way we look at people who are known to “get around”, do we?  I’m simply theorizing …

  3. lookin4Jesus says:

    I would agree with “wftft”; if we look back to verse 16 & 17 it says he that is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her, likewise we who are joined with the Lord become one with Him. God is a jealous God and He hates it when we stray from Him. Marriage is supposed to symbolize and teach us the relationship between Christ and the church. We can idolize food but I don’t think we become one with food the way we become one through the sexual relationship. I do however, think we need to be careful as food, drugs, alcohol, etc can become an idol to us.

  4. homefire says:

    @waiting_for_the_final_trumpet – @lookin4Jesus – @Mighty_Men_of_Valor – Good answers!  I know that all of those things are sins, and I know that immorality seems worse, but I was trying to figure out whether it actually IS worse, or whether that is just our perception because of cultural taboos, and really they are all equally bad.  After all, murderers, immoral people, and liars (as well as the fearful and unbelieving!) are all listed together in Rev. 21:8!   But I think you may be on to something with that thought of “becoming one.”

  5. A sin, is a sin ,is a sin. No sin is worse in God’s eyes then the others. Liars are put in the same category as God haters. I think ALL defiles the body, so I think it makes them all equal. 12 “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

  6. keynee says:

    So many of Paul’s answers had to do with problems and questions within the Corinth culture. One of the problem was worshiping idols by having sex with a temple prostitute. Throughout the OT God used adultery and fornication when the Israelite people worshiped other gods. It wasn’t about sex, it was about who is your God and who or what are you worshiping. 1 cor 6:20     For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.If you are using your body in which the Holy Spirit dwells, to worship a idol [here involving sex with a temple prostitute]  you are committing fornication. It’s the same with anything that you worship along with God. Even if you worship a denomination along with Christ you are committing fornication. Your spirit and body are to be God’s. Your body belongs to God, because it was bought with a price.1 cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [whichis] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?So if you are not worshiping God with your Spirit, which is inside your body, you are committing fornication.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just a thought-when 2 people are married, they become one. But when 2 people are not married, and they have sex-they are not one, and therefore somebody sins against their own body???Okay, so after skimming a couple comments I think I understand your question a little better…you’re not taking the verse to task, what you’re trying to figure out is, is the sin of immorality worse than other sins?I would urge you to look at this question in another way…Maybe some sins are worse than others, but because I sinned one of the ‘worse’ sins, does that mean I am worse than somebody else? “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  James 2:10The question of sins being ‘worse’ than another is really a non-issue, because we have all sinned every single sin in the Bible by sinning just once. And we’ve all sinned.Whether or not there are worse sins, we’ve all committed them…so why wonder which is worse? Jesus died for all of our sins, 2 Cor. 5:21. We’re all in the same boat, at rock bottom…and are dependent on God for salvation.We can simply be assured that, if we have come to Jesus for salvation, received it, and now live it-we are saved, regardless of the ‘worse’ sin.BTW, what constitutes a sin as worse? Most people would jump right to immorality and murder, but remember this-WE SEE THROUGH A DIM WINDOW OBSCURELY 1 Cor. 13:12, and with very earthy eyes. The Lord, who alone knows all things, sees ALL-and is the only just and true judge. Here’s the Message Translation’s rendering of James 2:8-11:You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Loveothers as you love yourself.” But if you play up to these so-calledimportant people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping oneor two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said,”Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commitadultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery willcancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.We’ve all been saved by grace, hallelujah, and all we have to do is accept it-Jesus is the propitiation for all our sins, (1 John). So instead of struggling with the question of worst sins, let’s acknowledge that we’ve all sinned-broken the whole law with the very first sin we ever committed-and now live by faith, running the race with endurance, as saved sinners, constantly kept clear before God by Jesus our priest. (That’s a paraphrase of 1 John too)Hope this helps, and God bless you in all your seeking.-bethany

  8. AngelAware says:

    I asked things like that too. I had a pastor once tell me, that when you have sex with someone you are connected with them, and when Jesus is in us…its like …..well….you know. But I guess maybe its because we connect spiritualy with the person who we have sex with……..maybe thats the difference??

  9. homefire says:

    @keynee – I like the way you explained that, and it certainly makes sense.  @AngelAware – I think you’re onto something with the thought that Christ dwells in us.  Both of those thoughts rolled up into one are rolling through my mind without very good words to explain it all.@Mighty_Men_of_Valor – @calledN2life – I agree that all sins are worthy of damnation, and therefore one can’t really be any “worse” than another.  That was a bad word to use.  What I was really asking was why it is different?  In this verse, there is obviously a difference made, and it’s not immediately obvious why.  I wonder if @waiting_for_the_final_trumpet – is on the right track with the thought that maybe Paul meant more than the physical body.  Because as Angel Aware said, there is a spiritual dimension to sex…  Hmmm.  Still not coming up with words to explain it, but the fuzzy idea is coming a bit clearer, maybe.

  10. It is because lusting is easy to do and nobody sees it. You almost call it the secret sin. 

  11. marys_hubby says:

    I can definitely relate to wanting precision.  I drive many people nuts with that.Good question btw.  And some really good thoughts by your other posters as well.  I agree with it being something that not only affects the body, but affects the soul.Later,Matt

  12. mamaglop says:

    Ooh Ooh!  I think I’ve got the answer:  A body is like a doughnut.  What goes in the mouth comes out the other end, like jelly would if you tried to put jelly in the center of a regular doughnut to make it a jelly doughnut.  Hmm, perhaps that won’t work either, because the “doughnut” can get “fatter” if you put more jelly through it.

  13. ElizabethDNB says:

    I think that a lot of what Paul wrote he was writing to a specific church, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to all of us in some way, but that he may have been emphasising a particular thing in a particular way because of the particular people he was writing to, and their issues.  It may apply to everyone in some way, but probably was dealing with a cultural issue or trend of those people.  I think this comes up a lot Biblically and is sometimes misused.Hope that made sense!!  I have not had coffee yet.

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