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Andrew,

I agree, the “body of Christ” couldn’t be in Paul’s mind.  I didn’t have time to look into that when I wrote my other post.  I was initially only going after my second point, but as I typed the first point popped into my mind so I put it down (yeah, that was a bit of laziness).

On the second point though I don’t necessarily agree.  Paul states the follow:

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
1 Cor. 6:13-17

Paul states “but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”  I don’t see why Paul would say such a thing if he had physical body in mind.  How is my physical body for the Lord?  Wouldn’t the focus be more on Paul saying you, as a person, are for the Lord?  And how is the Lord for my physical body?  Seems much more natural for Paul to be saying the Lord is for you, the person.

In verse 15 Paul continues and says,

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?”

Again, seems strange if he had physical body in mind, but natural if he meant the person, as a whole, was a member of Christ.

Verses 16-17 wouldn’t make any sense at all as well.  Isn’t Paul contrasting the two “joinings”, one with a prostitute and the other with Christ?  If the joining with Christ isn’t physical why is the other?  The one with Christ definitely implies kinship, thus the other must as well.

Not trying to defend necessarily James Brownson’s argument/position on homosexuality, but he definitely has me thinking about this kinship concept.

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