We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For me this citation needs a lot of exegesis. G-d gave Adam a wife in Eve. The Lord allowed David many. Yet St. Paul, as echoed by the Roman Church after about 1100, seems to expect celibacy in those dedicated, and goes on to lay this upon all Christians.
Hello #2 Peter
The context of this chapter is focused on relationships and marriage, primarily. Be mindful to keep the passage in context.
As we covered this passage during worship this morning I felt compelled to consider the Gospel as well. From Mark 4 the story is of Christ calling his fishermen disciples.
To leave their boats and nets behind and follow He, the appointed Savior and Lord.
So as we are are called to Serve we should be ready then to go forth. But I don’t believe that gives us, not yet anyway, a mandate to leave our spouse behind or forsake her (or him).
Sorry to seem preachy. Just remember to read the entire context around a passage. Don’t rely on a passage by itself.
Maybe I misinterpret. Correct me at will.
All of 1 Cor. 7 does spell out St Paul's understanding of Christian marriage. The sense I get is that he believes that everyone should go "whole hog" with service. I recall, though, that St Paul prided himself at being a Pharisee's Pharisee. I imagine that as moving to a new house, rather than risking a bit of leaven in the old at Pesach. Be blessed.