MembersMarry or Not: Where the Church Went Wrong

How Greek philosophy undermined the biblical and Hebraic understanding of marriage, sexual relationships, and the family.

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Athens or Jerusalem
Hananel Even Hen and Shiran Habush celebrate during thier wedding at a public park in the Jewish Settlement of Efrat, in Gush Etzion, March 15, 2020, after their wedding was cancelled due to new regulations following the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Part 5 in a series on Athens or Jerusalem: Establishing the Spiritual Heritage of Jesus’ Followers


As we learned in part 4 of this series, the Church was swamped by Greek philosophies of the time, and distancing herself from her Jewish heritage adopted a Platonic separation between the soul and our physical bodies. The result was a dualistic view of humanity that has left much of Christianity with an unbiblical and unhealthy emphasis on self-denial, asceticism, and the rejection of the pleasures of the physical world. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading part 4 before delving into our discussion of marriage, sexual relationships, the family and where the church went wrong.

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