Excerpt from Biblical Sexuality& The 21st Century by: Rev. Jayson Graves, M.MFT

Core Woundings

” We’re going to continue talking about core woundings and the roots of sexual temptation. This is really part two. A little bit more of the psychology end of things of our creation. We’re going to spend some time on how the Bible paints a picture of how our psyche is affected in some particular ways. Luke 17:12 talks about things that happen to us. This next root area after spiritual, neurological, and psychological has to do with trauma-based roots. Listen to this Scripture. Luke 17:12, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

” Vulnerability requires extra protection.

When we’re young and vulnerable we can be easily traumatized.

The Bible paints a picture of how little ones are protected by this deterrent of if anybody hurts them having a millstone tied around your neck and being cast into the sea would be better then what’s going to happen to you. Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers don’t provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and the instruction of the Lord.”

Sometimes trauma can happen relationally when there is a power differential. People can be traumatized at many different kinds of ages not just when you’re young. They can have things that affect them in a negative chronic or lasting way and impact their sexuality, their sense of an understanding of sex, and their sense of themselves as a sexual being through all of these different channels, harm, embitterment, or relationally.

The definition of sexual trauma is just that a chronic negative affect on sexuality or sense of sexuality due to an event or a pattern of events featuring a power differential and/or a dissident feelings association.


Excerpt from Biblical Sexuality& the 21st Century.

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