1 Cor 7:8-9 (NRSV)
- To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am.
- But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
This presents multiple alternatives in preferential order:
- Remain unmarried, but practice self-control
- Remain unmarried, but not practicing self-control (where not practicing self-control involves or necessitates being aflame with passion)
Given these alternatives, what does 'not practicing self-control' and 'being aflame with passion' involve? Sexual desire? Lust? Trying to get remarried? Romantic relationships? Sexual acts? Intercourse?