In our licentuously-lascivious modern age of advanced adultery and promiscuity, one can see why the many-on-the-broad-road-to-destruction compromise mistranslation imposed within the NIV conforms so well to admittedly-or-nonadmittedly-titillating heterosexual hand-shaking, hand-holding, square-dancing, hugging, first-date cheek-or-lips kissing, and more severe types of erotic-contact heterosexual massage.
However, consider the practical effects of touching some woman - wherever on any part of her exposed or even clothed body parts - at random . . . in a grocery or department store, business office or shopping center.
A look of slight shock would be followed by a serious and questioning look, followed by her expectation for immediate and adequate explanation. If sufficient excuse for the contact was not promptly given, the very real possibility of security guards being summoned, or even a 911 call to police, might likely be done by the touched woman or on her behalf by an intermediate.
That is only one sensible application of the correct translation of the quasi-command stated by the Lord through Saint Paul in First Corinthians 7:1.
Also helpful it is to know that one of the editors of the New International Version was an avowed lesbian by the name of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (born 1932) - a pseudo-"christian" author who has advocated LGBT rights and Christian feminism.
But, isn't God "unconditional love" who "always forgives?" If so, should not his Christian followers also show "unconditional love" who "always forgive, and pardon?"
Well, let's see how entities of phenomena in God's created environment (i.e. "mother" Nature) actually work.
DOES either high-voltage/high-amperage electricity or gravity give those who abuse it an "unconditional pardon second chance?"
Does the presumptuous fool who touches the terminals of a high-voltage/high-amperage substation transformer experience the lethally-shocking electricity blurting out: "Oh, I'm sorry you got hurt. It wasn't your fault. You didn't mean to do it. Nor did I. I apologize, and forgive you with unconditional love. Certainly I am tolerant and patient enough to give you another change to remedy the situation and redeem yourself?"
Does the presumptuous fool who jumps off a bridge or cliff to the sharp rocks a thousand feet below hear gravity say: "Pardon me for doing what I have benignly programmed to do by the Creator. Damn shame that I did not make an exception for you to neutralize myself so you did not get smashed, nor even smash yourself, on the sharp rocks below and painfully die of massive internal bleeding and bloody suffocation. I do regret what I did, and am thoroughly ashamed of myself. I repent in dust and ashes, and promise to never ever do it again?"
Will the bullet which ripped through your brain if you pull the trigger of a loaded gun you hold to your head say something similar to that apology stated above? How about the knife copiously apologizing for cutting the wrists if you used that knife to suicidally slit your wrists?
How about the cancer (if you have it) which you invited into your body by (accidently and unknowingly) inhaling or ingesting some foreign particle with a trace of atmospheric-fallout-based radioactive isotope on it? Or the fatal heart attack you caused (if that applies to you) by you eating all those sweets and fatty things without exercising enough? Will they repent in kind and forgiving unconditional-love tolerance, inclusively-diversive broadmindedness and wail in tearful regret and remorse for you lethally abusing yourself with them?
So what right does God have to forgive anyone who abused themselves with whatever benign entities and phenomena He benignly created?
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?
First Samuel 15:29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or repent; for He is not a man, that He should repent."
Job 34:33 Will He then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
Psalms 115:3 Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
Romans 9:20 But who are you, a man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its Molder, "Why have you made me thus?"
Some refuse to admit that woman have responsibility to dress modesty with chignon, long sleeves, full-length skirts or slacks, and socks with shoes when in [reasonable/probable] general-public view of men they are not presently married to. They selfishly and heretically purport that only the men are required to turn away and not look at what is arrogantly or defiantly, ignorantly or deliberately, and in effect sadistically, being immodesty exhibited and displayed to males who have not solicited the lascivious sights of such life-sized, in-motion, moving pornography.
They demonically accuse such men themselves of having "dirty minds" or "minds in the gutter" - when instead it is lewdly-immodest exhibitionists flaunting mopheadedness or nude arms with sleeveslessness or naked legs with slackslessness or soxless feet in open-toe flipflop sandals who - in fact - are the problem-causers and trouble-makers who have carnal-glamor dirty minds and minds in the gutter.
They self-righteously pooh-pooh the First Timothy 2:12-15 command of the Lord through Saint Paul for women to be "modestly dressed in decent apparel" -- pseudo-excusing themselves by condemning reference and reminders about Biblically-based specifics concerning mis-exposed body-parts, as being "nitpicky, legalistic, under law but not under grace, and pharisaic."
Fascinating it is, however, that the apostles Peter and John and Paul copiously quoted multiple verses of Law in their epistles with the obvious implication that such modesty not only is proof of both outwardly and inwardly truly "living in the Spirit" but required outward and inward behavior to qualify for salvation into Heaven.
And, of course, Jesus Himself quoted the Law - with similar must-do mandatory intentions, with an "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" along with "Why do you call me 'Lord" and do not do what I tell You?"
Mark 10:17 And when He had gone out into the way, one came running up and knelt to Him, and asked Him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except one, God.
19 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and your mother.
20 And he answered and said to Him, Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus, studying him, loved him and said to him, One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, take up the cross and follow Me.
22 And he was sad at that saying and went away grieved, for he had great possessions.
It is best to not antagonize the Lord by accusing Him of being nitpicky, legalistic, or pharisaic by despising the His already-stated yet-applicable moral (and not simply ceremonial) Law, and obedience to that - lest He (like He did in verse 21 above) add more to modesty and other commandments that already have been written in Scripture.
Luke 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?"
27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
28 And He said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."
To rightly apply such in context: "Be dressed modestly - in every way - at all times - when in general mixed-gender public view . . . and you will live."
Luke 18:18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
20 You know the commandments: "Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' "
21 And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth."
22 And when Jesus heard it, He said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
23 But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.
But, some might retort, "the Bible never gets detailed about what body parts can be exposed compared to what must be completely and consistently covered in general public view, because the line of demarcation is a "relative continuum," per:
First Corinthians 12:23 . . . and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty . . .
But no. The Bible (especially the Old Testament part for non-cultists who accept BOTH Testaments as yet viable and pertinent for us nowadays, particularly as revealed in the RSV and NASV), does INDEED get specific about such:
(RSV) Numbers 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the Lord, and unbind the hair of the woman's head, and place in her hands the cereal offering of remembrance, which is the cereal offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.
(RSV) 2 Samuel 13:18 Now she was wearing a long robe with sleeves; for thus were the virgin daughters of the king traditionally dressed. So his servant put her out, and bolted the door after her.
(RSV) Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man.
4 Our Redeemer - the Lord of hosts is his name - is the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 2:20 For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, "I will not serve.' Yea, upon every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down as a harlot.
21 Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine?
22 Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,
23 How can you say, "I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals'? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done- a restive young camel interlacing her tracks,
24 a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
25 Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, "It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
First Corinthians 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for [her] hair is given to her for a covering.
16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor the churches of God.
So-called "christian" gals, who are misattired with loose long hair not tied up in a pug or into a back-of-head single ponytail, or nude-armed sleevesless, or nude-legged slacksless, or with soxless feet in sandals . . . whether in a church lobby or narthex after the service or at a youth gathering . . . impose a quietly-frustrating dilemma and impasse against (and not "for") Christian guys, in general.
Even only one immodesty-imposing gals in a group exposing herself to some guy or guys who she is not presently married to as to what the Song of Solomon in chapter 7 describes a bride does in private with her husband alone, the hapless and confused guy or guys (aroused by the female or females ignorantly or deliberately imposing premature, illicit, needless flaunting of should-be-covered female body parts) is forced to bypass sensible evaluation of her personality and character and instead has no recourse but to compare and rate her simply as a sex-object body in competition against other gals similarly mis-dressed.
Moreover, the implication of her in that immodest state is to - understandably - think of her in the following context:
Proverbs 7:10 And lo, a woman meets him, dressed as a harlot, wily of heart.
He wonders why she is seducing him by her partial bodily exhibitionism if she already has a boyfriend, is already married, is a lesbian and not interested in marriage, or wants to remain single.
Would he want his wife or girlfriend to similarly, irresponsibly, and dangerously tantalize other guys like she is doing by her ignorant or deliberate mis-dress when he is temporarily not around? WOULD he trust her to be faithful to him, and not put undue sadistic suggestiveness on other guys
The outward flaunting of parts of her nakedness reveals her woefully-immature carnality and essential corruption of her inward and internal mindlessless - no matter what creeds or so-called "christian" testimony she professes.
Matthew 7:16 (paraphrase) You will know them by their fruits. Are truly-born-anew grapes gathered from lascivious-display thorns, or actually-Christian figs from playgirl-immodest thistles?
Matthew 7:20 (paraphrase) Thus you will know them by their dress-code fruits.
Matthew 23:3 (paraphrase) so practice and observe whatever they religious female exhibitionists tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
Luke 9:25 (paraphrase) For what does it profit a woman if she gains worldly reputation as a foxy and sexy glamor girl but loses or forfeits the the attraction and acquisition of a genuine Christian husband?
James 2:14 (paraphrase) What does it profit, my brethren, if a woman or girl says she has faith as a "christian" but has not modesty-attesting works? Can her faith save her?
James 2:16 (paraphrase) and one of them says to a erotically-sensitive guy, "Go in peace, turn your eyes away and don't be distracted or disturbed by my immodesty," without giving them the decency needed to begin a romantic relationship, what does it profit?
The besieged-by-immodesty guy is not sure if the pornographically-misdressed girl would follow through with physical contact in response to the obviously visual suggestiveness she is imposing on him without his asking for it. "Is she signaling me to give her prompt or immediate sexual-abuse-claimed connection of sorts by her misattire, or will she sadistically tease me without letting me do the logical response of touching her in various ways to various degrees, deferring to pious claims of postponement and recourse to non-fornicating chastity?"
The assumption is that the allegedly-"christian" gal will NOT submit to physical-contact erotic advances, so the guy quietly and non-admittedly plans to take out his biological-clock-duressed built-up non-solicited stimulation on some outside-the-church "gentile" who he has more faith and confidence will assuredly welcome him for non-objected-to physical sexual contact: namely, phone-book or newspaper or internet-advertised masseuses and escorts who he hopes will not be VD-disease-ridden prudes of some kind nor undercover vice cops.
Acts 13:46 (paraphrase) And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you purportedly "christian" girls. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life by your demonic display of immodesty, hey, we turn to the advertised masseuse-and-escort gentiles.
Acts 14:27 And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the gentiles.
Acts 18:6 (paraphrase) And when they frigidly opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your sadistically-prudish blood be upon your heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the will-welcome-me-for-sex gentile masseuse and escorts."
Acts 22:21 (paraphrase) And he said to me, 'Leave the stupidly-immodest pseudo-"christian" showgirls; for I will send you far away to the sexual-connections-accommodating gentile masseuses and escort harlots.'"
Acts 28:28 (paraphrase) Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the masseuse-and-escort-harlot gentiles; they will listen."
Romans 11:11 (paraphrase) So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their immodesty-enticing-but-frigidly-forbidding trespass salvation has come to the paid-for-sex masseuse and escort gentiles, so as to make "church" girls jealous.
Romans 15:16 (paraphrase) to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the masseuse and escort gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that sexual-connection offering of the gentiles becoming one body with sexually-deprived Christian guys may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 3:8 (paraphrase) To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the advertised-masseuse-and-escort gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and those sexually-shunned-by-immodest-church-girls guys of Jesus
First Thessalonians 2:14 (paraphrase) For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from immodesty-perpetuating church girls
15 who visually assaulted both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all men
16 who hindered us from visiting and paying substitutionary-relief masseuse-and-escort gentiles for sexual pleasure - so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God's datelessnessly-lonely spinsterhood wrath has come upon them at last!
It only takes ONE immodest girl in church to cause a LOT of consequential problems!
Ecclesiastes 9:18 (paraphrase) Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one immodest sinneress destroys much good.
Ecclesiastes 10:1 (paraphrase) A little mopheaded, sleevesless, slacksless, or soxless dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off an evil odor; so a little show-off-the-body-with-immodesty folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Isaiah 57:8 Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your symbol; for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a bargain for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness.
Hosea 2:2 Plead with your mother, plead . . . for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband . . . that she put away her harlotry from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts
To expose loose long hair, naked arms, nude legs, soxless feet seems a way to "take matters into one's own hand" without trusting God to provide, but all it does is set up a barrier to beginning romantic relationship, which barrier of necessity occurs because it is ordered by Scripture:
Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
But WHO is to blame and at fault for inciting and causing lustfull looks?
Romans 14:15 (paraphrase) If your brother is being injured by how you are misdressed, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you miswear cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died.
First Corinthians 3:1 (paraphrase) But I, brethren, could not politely meet or greet or associate with you as a spiritual woman, but as a noxious and sexually-harassing sex object of the flesh, as a totally-inadequate babe in Christ, because you rudely and impolite flaunted naked body parts you should not publicly thrust into my face.
First Timothy 2:8 (paraphrase) I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
9 also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in decent apparel, not with broided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire nor sleeveslessness nor slackslessness nor soxlessness,
10 but by modestly-attired good works, as befits women who profess religion.
Numbers 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and unbind the hair of the woman's head, and place in her hands the cereal offering of remembrance, which is the cereal offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.
Second Samuel 13:18 (only-somewhat paraphrased) Now Tamar was wearing a full-length robe with long sleeves; for thus were the virgin daughters of the king traditionally clad . . .
Song of Solomon 7:5 (paraphrase) Your head (not merely any head), my bride (not some non-married-to-me church-member woman or girl), crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.
Isaiah 47:1 (paraphrase) Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of America; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of a urban or suburban church member! For you shall no more be called an innocent available church girl.
2 Get to work in the modest uniform of a common hamburger-flipping laborer, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers and lakes at public beaches especially during warm weather.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man, OR woman.
4 Our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name: the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 2:25 (somewhat paraphrased) Keep your soxless feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.
First Corinthians 11:14 (paraphrase) Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him,
15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
16 If any one intends to be contentious, we recognize no such practice of allowing a woman to regard her long hair as a prayer covering or veil, nor do the churches of God.
Matthew 3:9 (paraphrased) and do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We are the-only-game-in-town church girls available for church guys'; for I tell you, God is able from phone-book-and-internet-advertised rift-raft to raise up compatible-enough sex mates for sensuously-desperate Christian guys.
Luke 3:8 (paraphrased) Bear consistently-modest-in-every-way fruits that befit sorry-about-being-misattired repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
"Forgive us our porn-and-masseuse-search-and-acquisition trespasses, as we forgive the asininely-immodest long-hair/arms/legs/feet-exposing immodest church girls who have trespassed against us, and do not forgive such sexually-harassing females their indecently-exposed trespasses unless and until they come back adequate attired. And lead us not into the temptation of being visually assaulted with further impositions of the lurid sights of their licentuous exhibitionism, but deliver us from bodily-defiling evil of any and all effects associated with them."
What use is it for a perpetually-immodest person to be executed, if necessary? Do not the demons of indecency simply go out of her and into swine or another person?
They do, but punishment is designated in Scripture for the impenitent sexual offender who deserves capital punishment - irrelevant of where the demons go or are sent by the Lord.
Someone might say: "Why would judgmental Christians even mention the subject of binding people with God-ordered dress codes of modesty?"
To such the appropriate answer is: "Why not? Answer your own questions!"