I say this, brothers, the allotted time has grown short. From now on let those who have a wife be like those who don’t…for the form of this world is passing away.
-Paul of Tarsus, I Corinthians 7:29, 31b
Few passages in the letters of Paul convey the urgency of his End-Times expectations more clearly than his advice on sexual relations and marriage. Convinced the “last trumpet” could blow at any moment, Paul urged his followers to keep themselves sexually pure—“from now on,” in the time they have left, “it is good for a man not to have sex with a woman” (I Corinthians 7:1). Although he makes concessions for those who lack self-control, Paul’s clear preference is a Christian household of brothers and sisters rather than husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.
Urging Christians to live celibate lives like his own does not presuppose Jesus’ return would take place decades, much less, centuries, in the future. As [James] Tabor notes, “[Paul] advised his followers not to marry, begin a new business, or worry if they were slaves, since everything in the world was about to be turned upside down and all social relations were terminal.” Paul desired to present the Church as a chaste virgin to the coming Lord, but the Lord left the anxious Church standing at the altar. [Emphasis, Gary’s]
Robert Conner, The Case Against Miracles, pp. 278-279
Gary: Wow. That had never occurred to me! Most Christians believe that Jesus communicated directly with Paul, in person, not only on the Damascus Road, but also during Paul’s time in the Arabian desert, and maybe on other occasions such as when Paul took an intergalactic space voyage to a “third heaven”. Yet after all that time with Jesus, Jesus never informs Paul that it is ok for Christians to have sex—because Jesus doesn’t plan to return for a while (two thousand years and counting!!).
Just imagine, if the early Christians had all listened to Paul and had refrained from sex, Christianity would have died out very quickly! This is excellent evidence that Paul was not a prophet communicating with a resurrected god, he was a quack; a mentally disturbed QUACK!
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