The Middle Ages was also a "golden era" for gay poetry, especially between members of the clergy.
Not only are many Christians having sex before marriage (including 80 percent of people who self-identified as "born-again Christian, evangelical, or fundamentalist"), they're also getting smart about it.
(My guess is that he was too busy hanging out with the poor and healing the sick to care. He also had nothing at all to say about homosexuality or sexual identity as we understand it today.
Early Christians' belief that Jesus' second coming was imminent created an environment that exalted celibacy over marriage.
The idea that is still taught in some churches today is that the Christian sexual ethic came to earth fully formed, straight from heaven, about 2,000 years ago.
Throughout all that time, there was exactly one way for Christians to express their sexuality -- by staying abstinent until they got married to a person of the opposite gender. But what I wasn't taught in Sunday School is that the Bible's teachings on sex have been interpreted in many different ways.
The church also had very specific requirements for what type of sex married couples could have.Sex was also discouraged when a woman was menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding, (which considering there was no birth control, could have been a good deal of the time).All of these prohibitions meant that on average, sex between married couples was only legal about once per week, if that.It was a radical departure from Jewish teachings that the disciples would have been familiar with.But it makes sense -- what was the point of getting tied up with worldly responsibilities, like taking care of a spouse, children and a household, when the end of the world was near? Paul, a celibate Christian leader who wrote most of the New Testament, thought of practicing celibacy as taking the higher road towards God, since it allows Christians to concentrate wholly on things of the spirit.