In one of his epistles, the Apostle Paul says that it is better to marry than to burn.
So, then, is “burning” (having an intense, unquenchable sexual desire for a person) the only or at least the key requirement for marriage? If this doesn’t exist, then is the Christian naturally called to celibacy?
Let us say that one has a romantic attraction to another and wishes to spend his/her life with them, because he/she loves the other deeply. Yet, the sexual desire might not be extremely intensely passionate toward them, even though the romantic aspect of passion is, as well as the caring for the other person and the desire to spend life with them. Could the person feeling these things still be called to marriage with that person, especially if the other person has feelings for him/her? Is a lustful, intense sexual passion a requirement before one is to be said to be called to marriage with that person or is it OK to have something less than this?
What about those with lower sex drives who may even so be attracted to another person in other ways and wish to live their lives with them and to raise a family? Might they still be called to marriage?
Is Paul’s statement that it is better to marry than to burn applicable to every Christian? Is a burning desire for the other person sexually a requirment for being called to marriage? what if a person, only after marriage, is truly “awakened” to such desire as is apparently sometimes the case?