What does it mean to be God’s temple? – 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23


In this episode we look at…

  • “This is a passage that every LGBTQ person — or any person considering being a sexual being — has heard before”
  • How this passage has been used against LGBTQ people
  • How this passage might give us hope in our current tumultuous political reality
  • What does it mean that “your body is a temple”? We look at how conservative Christianity has defined that idea, what it might have meant to the earliest Christians, and what it might mean for us today
  • How to reclaim our sexuality
  • Brian said he’d put a link to “What Promiscuity Taught Me About God’s Love” in the show notes
  • our upcoming webinar on creating a sexual ethic (register at queertheology.com/sex!)

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

This article was published by Brian Murphy