In sexual transgression the soul is at stake—the body and the spirit.
A more important scriptural observation is offered by the writer of Proverbs: “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? … Whoso committeth adultery … destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.”3
Why is this matter of sexual relationships so severe that fire is almost always the metaphor, with passion pictured vividly in flames?
First is the revealed, restored doctrine of the human soul.
“the spirit and the body are the soul of man”5 and that when the spirit and body are separated, men and women “cannot receive a fulness of joy.”
The body is an essential part of the soul. This distinctive and very important Latter-day Saint doctrine underscores why sexual sin is so serious. We
one desecrates the Atonement of Christ, which saved that soul and which makes possible the gift of eternal life.
realm of heat hotter and holier than the noonday sun. You cannot do so and not be burned.
human intimacy is reserved for a married couple because it is the ultimate symbol of total union, a totality and a union ordained and defined by God.
The Prophet Joseph Smith once said we perhaps could render such a sacred bond as being “welded”14 one to another.
In matters of human intimacy, you must wait! You must wait until you can give everything, and you cannot give everything until you are legally and lawfully married.
Church, partaking of the emblems of the Lord’s Supper, and so forth.
His divinity but we quite literally take something of that divinity to ourselves.
creation in His image. You and I have been given something of that godliness, but under the most serious and sacred of restrictions. The only control placed on us is self-control—self-control born of respect for the divine sacramental power this gift represents.
I have declared here the solemn word of revelation that the spirit and the body constitute the soul of man, and that through the Atonement of Christ the body shall rise from the grave to unite with the spirit in an eternal existence.
body is therefore something to be kept pure and holy.
but beware scars that spiritually disfigure, that come to you in activities you should not have undertaken,
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