Risque Bible Verses

Every now and then we find something…something that makes us rethink what we normally do and believe – not that it makes us question our beliefs with Jesus but instead makes us question whether church culture has gotten it right or if the church is off track in a certain area.

These verses might introduce an uncomfortable grey area within the church’s culturally more well-defined boundaries.

So without further ado, here is a short collection of four Bible verses that might not derail your train of thought, but at the very least could introduce a new gray area in these zones of church culture. Also several of these verses are barely discussed, because, well…they aren’t really bumpersticker verses or topics

I really want to hear your thoughts! I’m not really going to push my own interpretations on each verse…I’ll give a short comment on background/context/etc to get the conversation flowing and we’ll see where this takes us.

So, let’s grab a cup of coffee, sit down and talk.

Ecclesiastes 7:15-17

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness. Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool— why die before your time?

Ecclesiastes is a rarely talked on book save for chapter 3’s “there is a time for…”

What’s risque about it?

This could be as innocent as the old adage “Don’t be too heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” Or it could say, sometimes boundaries are there for breaking. I don’t think this means sin, but expectations, norms, and the like…maybe so? Or maybe something else?

1 Corinthians 7:29

What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not.

This is one verse that you never hear about.

What’s risque about it?

This verse is embedded in the widely read chapter on marriage in 1 Corinthians – a standard go-to chapter for marriage and romantic relationships. The church is very entrenched in its above-rapproach stance. Not that this verse overthrows that theology, but this one does introduce an interesting potential gray area in friendships and church relationships. You can fill in the details.

Ruth 3:7-8

When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

What’s risque about it?

Glad you asked! First Ruth was told by Naomi to dress up and go down and meet Boaz. In laymen’s terms: dress up sexy, wait until he passes out and get in bed with him. Even more scandalous? Feet were often used as a euphemism for private parts. You can use your imagination from there.

Doesn’t really fit in well with today’s dating material.

Song of Songs 7:13

The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.

What’s risque about it?

Mandrakes are a hallucinogenic and narcotic plant. Basically this verse in this chapter is (introducing) a saying akin to, “Let’s get high and have mind blowing sex.”

Btw I love Song of Songs. There is so much to discuss in this book!

What do you think?

Hope you have a wonderful Friday my friends.

Joel

22 thoughts on “Risque Bible Verses

    1. Great timing on seeing your comment, I had literally just finished reading about 4 of your recent posts – which are awesome btw!

      I just read #6 on your post and YES!! You are SO right. And he can do whatever he wants with them because he’s the Potter and we’re the clay. This could really quickly move into a predestination vs free will conversation a la Romans 9. There are literally just pawns and ye will do whatever he wants with them and crush them to bita afterward and still get all the glory and still be 100% all perfect – because he’s God. And I’m totally good with that! And it’s biblical!

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      1. So with predestination? I hear ya. Because free will exists (arguably) but so does predestination. I sum up my feelings on it in Proverbs 16:, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”

        Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!

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      2. Ding ding ding re: the scripture you quoted. God has a plan for my life — I’m just not on board with it. But God has ways of getting a person on board with their purpose. I wasn’t expecting homelessness to be one of them, but here we are. 😶

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      3. Oh no, you’re homeless?! I’m so sorry!! (I’m sorry if I missed that in one of your posts – I didn’t remember reading that) Yes God definitely has a plan! I’m sorry that happened to you! What happened if you don’t mind me asking? Are you ok?

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      4. I’m okay. Thank you for asking though. (None of my former classmates, professors, or coworkers on Facebook have…) Since I recently transcribed a John Jenkins sermon about the danger of complaining, I’ll just refer you here:
        https://clevangelist.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/blindsided-at-the-bakery-or-eviction-drama/
        https://clevangelist.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/the-devil-knows-what-you-need/
        and
        https://clevangelist.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/adventures-in-homelessness-part-2-or-god-wants-me-to-come-to-the-end-of-myself/

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      5. Oh my goodness!! I just read both of these posts. That’s crazy!! And awful!! I’m sorry. I’ll pray that this turns around for you

        I can sympathize with being in a high visibility place in business and coming crashing down. I worked for several large companies in high places working for one of the VPs as a senior financial analyst and got caught in layoffs – I’ve made a decent amount off severance though. God always took care of us even when the cash flow dried up. Now I’m in a different industry and am doing very well in a stable company. It’s welcome for sure.

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      6. Thank you! I appreciate the prayers. 🌷 I hope I have a similar testimony someday soon. If you haven’t posted about it, you should. One thing I’ve noticed in my own posting is that people are attracted to posts that give them hope of a turnaround.

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      7. I have posted about it a couple times – not my more recent layoff. I’ll need to do that soon. Maybe next week!

        I pray and hope you will gave a similar testimony too!

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  1. Avoid all extremes is the meaning of the 1st verse. 2nd is in regards to serving God and devoting your time to Him first as if you were not married. 3rd is risque indeed, not much to say there. 4th is about love and desire, yes Song of Songs is risque! They won’t even let Jewish boys read it until a certain age.
    God bless brother! I like your style!

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    1. Hey Ryan! Thanks so much for your thoughts!! Really enjoyed them! I put the post put there early…my app closed on me and for some reason uploadrd and posted everything live before the draft was done. I put a couple more thouhhts on there…especially on #4 if you get the chance.

      Really like your style too! You bave a great blog! God bless you too brother!!

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  2. Very interesting verses to pull out my friend. Especially Ruth… I have studied the book several times over the years and what always gets me is how Ruth “is the image of” Jesus. The verse you pull out is literally Ruth asking Boaz to marry her (the short b/w version) and given the times and circumstances of what it was to be a widow in those days, it really can’t shock me 🤭. There was a kinsman redeemer closer to Naomi, but as I recall, they didn’t step up to the plate, did they… hmm.
    Anyway, have a blasted headache so I’ll stop here. Much love to you friend.

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    1. Ruth is a fantastic book. It’s a romance and its themes run right into our relationship with God. Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. Ita interesting too that Ruth was a foreigner from Moab. Interesting application to the church and Israel!

      Same to you! Hope that headache went away!!

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