It was a radical departure from Jewish teachings that the disciples would have been familiar with.

But it makes sense -- what was the point of getting tied up with worldly responsibilities, like taking care of a spouse, children and a household, when the end of the world was near? Paul, a celibate Christian leader who wrote most of the New Testament, thought of practicing celibacy as taking the higher road towards God, since it allows Christians to concentrate wholly on things of the spirit.

But the problem for me is when people start preaching that their interpretation is the only way or the holiest way or the right way.

In fact, I can't even find any biblical basis for "traditional" marriage! Apparently they just slept together and that was it! Why was it okay for them to travel to Bethlehem together before they were married? "Have you not read," says Jesus, "that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? For it is said, 'The two will become one flesh.'" The same concept underlies Jesus' unbending position on divorce: "Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate" (Matthew 19:6).

It's also implied in the commandment against (Hebrews 13:4).

Virginity and monogamy were still prized, while homosexuality could be punished by death.

The church also had very specific requirements for what type of sex married couples could have.

On behalf of women everywhere, thank GOODNESS we're past that stage.

Other than a some heavy admonishments against lust and against divorce, the Jesus of the Bible didn't have a lot to say about issues of sexuality.This teaching explains Joseph's certain expectation that Mary would be "exposed to public disgrace" when it was discovered that she had become pregnant "before they came together" in marriage.We should add that God wants us to reserve sex for marriage thing. It's a powerful bonding agent that shapes and affects the relationship between a man and a woman as nothing else can.On the other hand, acknowledging Christianity's complexity can be life-changing.It can turn a faith assembled like a delicate house of cards into a faith that you worked hard to build from the ground up.This idea would continue to gain momentum over the next few centuries.