Is a Prostitute . . . also a (full fledged) Fornicator?


#1

The oldest Profession … Prostitution.

In Sins there are varying degrees of culpability.

I wonder how God handles a situation where a Widow supports herself (and her 5 hungry children) by charging men to have sex with her???
And, beyond that extreme example, for any others who rent their body for profit.

There are several fornicators in the Bible, including the one Jesus saved from being stoned to Death.

As far as Prostitutes go, one of the 12 sons of Israel, Judah, is the Fore-Father of Jesus (i.e., the so-called Tribe of Judah).
Judah was widowed. He was not going to re-marry.
One day, Judah met a Prostitute (Tamar), and paid her for her services.
What Judah did not know is, Tamar is his Daughter-in-law.
This one session created twins, one of whom is Perez, the Fore-Father of Jesus.

Anyway, is the fact that a person is having sex (NOT for Lust, but for Financial Support) make it a full-blown case of Fornication?


#2

As in all such situations, it depends on “full knowledge and deliberate consent”, and culpability may be ameliorated to some extent, based on the circumstances. That’s not our job, though… it’s God’s. :wink:

Judah was widowed. He was not going to re-marry.
One day, Judah met a Prostitute (Tamar), and paid her for her services.

A quibble: Judah met someone whom he thought was a prostitute. He didn’t pay her, but gave her some things to hold as security, until such time as he paid her.

What Judah did not know is, Tamar is his Daughter-in-law.

Whom he was wronging, by not allowing his son to marry her in order to give her children.

This one session created twins, one of whom is Perez, the Fore-Father of Jesus.

I’m not sure what your point is, here. Surely you’re not suggesting that, when something good is a side-effect of sinful behavior, it is no longer sinful? :shrug:

…after all, “we know that all things work for good for those who love God”…!

Anyway, is the fact that a person is having sex (NOT for Lust, but for Financial Support) make it a full-blown case of Fornication?

If you’re asking whether it’s grave matter, it would seem that the answer is ‘yes’. If you’re asking whether it’s a mortal sin, then that’s a whole different question, with a whole set of additional considerations which depend on the circumstances…


#3

Not sure what you mean by “full blown”. Certainly, circumstances can affect the gravity of a sin, but it’s still grave matter. Grave matter means it’s a mortal sin if done with the proper conditions.

So if a woman were forced to fornicate, it would probably not be a mortal sin since she wasn’t actively choosing the sin. However, if she freely chose it, then it probably would be as it was her active choice.


#4

Id say yes it is a sin…sex outside of marriage is a sin, selling sex is a sin…

If a women had no money to feed her children then prostitution is NOT the answer…she would be better off putting them in temporary fostercare while she worked on getting a proper job and getting her life in order…

Plus alot of countries have a welfare benefits system for circumstances such as this where people find themselves in dire straits /poor/ unable to work through illness etc…


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