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2 Biblical View of Sex Lecture 1: Sex-Saturated Culture: “People Act Upon What the Believe.”

3 Consider this observation by Francis A. Schaeffer: There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in thoughts of people. People are unique in the inner life of the mind-what they are in their thought-world determines how they act. This is true of their value systems and it is true of their creativity. It is true of their corporate actions, such as political decisions, and it is true of their personal lives. The results of their thought-world flow through their fingers or from their tongues in the external world. This is true Michelangelo’s chisel, and it is true of a dictator’s sword. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org2

4 Consider this observation by Francis A. Schaeffer: ‘As a man thinketh, so is he,’ is really most profound. An individual is not just the product of the forces around him. He has a mind, an inner world. Then, having thought, a person can bring forth actions into the external world and thus influence it. People are apt to look at the outer theater of action, forgetting the actor who ‘lives in the mind’ and who therefore is the true actor in the external world. The inner thought- world determines the outward action.” Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, 5 vols., 2 nd edition (Westchester, Illinois, 5: 83-4. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org3

5 Icons in Contrast: Michel Foucault - vs - Paris Hilton 1926-1984 1981- 1926-1984 1981- 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org4

6 When Foucault was a young man he asked the following questions: 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org5 “Why am I alive”? “What lesson am I to learn from life?” “How did I become what I am and why do I suffer from being what I am?” His answer to these questions were “answered” by F. Nietzsche. As a result of being impacted by Nietzsche’s worldview, his aim in life became:

7 Foucault’s Aim in Life: Experience Extremes. Why? … in order to “Unleash creative forces and intense joy.” Why? In order to rediscover the “Dionysian element” within (the wild, untamed, the passionate). Dionysus represented “frenzied passion” -undisciplined will to power). 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org6

8 Nietzsche: “Say yes to life as it is!” True morality is that which conforms to nature. He condemned that which has oppressed the unfettered spirit of humanity. He labels “bad” that which is contrary to the conformity of nature. And thus, the moral person “lives dangerously” by increasing its mastery. 5/1/2015 7

9 As a result, Foucault became fascinated with… LustMadnessPerversionSuicideDeath 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org8

10 Life-Thesis: “It is forbidden to forbid.” Why was this his life-thesis? Consider the following conversation he had with a California student: “Should I take chances with my life?” A student asked Foucault. “By all means!” Take risks, go out on a limb!” Foucault replied. “But I yearn for solutions.” “There are no solutions.” Foucault replied. “Then at least some answers.” “There are no answers!” the philosopher exclaimed. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org9

11 Consider these statements from Foucault: In a 1982 interview he said, “ I would like and hope I’ll die of an overdose of pleasure of any kind.” Asked to explain, he added: “Because I think that the kind of pleasure I would consider as the real pleasure would be so deep, so intense, so overwhelming that I couldn’t survive it. I would die.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org10

12 Consider these statements: “To exchange life in its entirety for sex itself, for the truth and sovereignty of sex. Sex is worth dying for.” “To die for the love of boys. What could be more beautiful!” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org11

13 But, here’s a revealing confession near the end of his life: “If I know the truth I will be changed. And maybe I will be saved. Or may I’ll die, but I think that is the same for me anyway.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org12

14 What was Foucault’s worldview? His view of God? His view of Reality? His view of Truth? His view of Knowledge? His view of Humanity? His view of Morality? His view of Evil? 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org13

15 In Contrast: Paris Hilton: “Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything.” “The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” “The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org14

16 In Contrast: Paris Hilton: “I think it is important for girls to be confident. Believe in yourself and … everybody’s hot.” “You don’t have to be an heiress to look like on, if you act like one then everyone will presume you are one.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org15

17 What is Hilton’s Worldview? View of God? View of Reality? View of Truth? View of Knowledge? View of Humanity? View of Ethics? View of Evil? 5/1/

18 Icons of Sex-Saturated Culture: Foucault: “What is forbidden is to forbid!” vs. Hilton: “Girls Just wanna have fun!” Let’s make some comparisons: 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org17

19 Icons OF Culture: Let’s make some comparisons: “It is forbidden to forbid!” “I just wanna have fun!” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org18

20 Significant Factors Contributing to a Sex- Saturated Culture: Consumer- Driven Media-Driven Satan-Driven Self-Interests First Depravity of people Habitual vices of the Flesh Failure of Church to represent & conform to God’s interests Worldview Agenda-Drive 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org19

21 Inherently Valuable but Inherently Corrupted is Humanity: “What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, depository of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!” ~ Blaise Pascal 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org20

22 Counterfit Kingdom: Flesh- Driven World- Driven Satan- Driven 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org21

23 Consider this quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living?” ~ Socrates 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org22

24 Consider these three questions: Why aren’t people more conscious of their worldview? Why don’t people care more about it? Why do most people seem not to mind the “unexamined life.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org23

25 Here are some reasons why we do not mind the “unexamined life”: We think with our worldview, not about it. We are only to happy to leave such questions to the “experts.” People want to ignore life’s ultimate questions and their human condition: We trade tomorrow for today We become indoctrinated to be pleasure seekers, not truth discoverers. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org24

26 What’s the Upshot? Sensate Culture: Postmodern Impact on Morals and Consumer Driven Morality: “Tranquilized by the Trivial.” ~ Os Guinness We all too often trade what is “best” for what is “good.” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org25

27 When did the Sensate Culture Find its Expression: Since the 1960’s with the sexual revolution, we have been bombarded by that paradigm shift both educationally and by means of media; we are living with the consequences of this intellectual and moral shift every day. Consider the following story: 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org26

28 Consider Jennifer: “Several years ago Jennifer was on a high school youth group retreat to explore and grow in the knowledge of God’s awesome love for us in the area of sexuality. I was blessed to be the speaker for that weekend. In the middle of one of my presentations on Saturday afternoon Jennifer had an ‘a-ha moment.’ ‘You mean to tell me I can say no to a guy and if I do it’s a good thing?’ Jennifer exclaimed. She had never been given permission to say ‘no’ to a guy when he made sexual advances. Everything in her world of television, MTV and movies told her she had to have sex. And she thought God gave her rules for protection; she thought God’s rules were just restrictions and punishment. Her life was changed. And it was changed by one conversation. God gives us incredible power to change peoples’ lives if only we begin the conversation.” 5/1/

29 Recent Statistics on Sexual Activity: 2003: 5% of 12 year-olds, 10% of 13-year old, and 20% are sexually active. 2001-2003: Almost ½ of high school students in US have had sex. 2002: By their late teens, 75% of boys and girls have had sex, and more than two-thirds of these have had two or more partners. Children are having out-of-wedlock sex earlier than any previous generation; are having more than one sexual partner. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org28

30 Compare Percentages: 1960: 40% of single women who were age 20 were sexually active; 1972: Approx. 50% of single women who were 20 were sexually active; 1988: 73% of single 18-19 year old females has had sexual intercourse; 2002: 69% of single 18-19 year old females has had sexual intercourse. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org29

31 Sexually Transmitted Diseases: One in five adults in US has an STD It is estimated that 19 million STD infections occur annually, almost ½ of them among youth ages 15-24 (2004); Worldwide: almost 40 million people are living with HIV. One million American are known to be infected (2004) 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org30

32 Out-of Wedlock Pregnancy: More than one-third of all girls get pregnant at least once by age 20. Nearly a million teen girls in US become pregnant every year, the highest of all industrialized countries. Nearly 3 out 4 teen mothers drop out of high school. They typically earn $5,600 a year (less than half the poverty level) for the first 13 years of parenthood. 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org31

33 Other Consequences: Emotional Consequences Relationship Consequences Spiritual Consequences Physical Consequences Sociological Consequences Moral Consequences Legacy Consequences (repeat the pattern) 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org32

34 Consider this Question: “Can an individual or a society live with a complete disregard for a moral and spiritual center and not suffer from the wounds of wickedness?” ~ Ravi Zacharias ~ Ravi Zacharias 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org33

35 What can we do about it? “WELCOME TO A BIBLICAL VIEW OF SEX!” 5/1/2015www.prshockley.org34

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