|Is the Christian Faith inherently anti-sex?|
|There is no doubt that (as far
as I know) no significant part of the Christian tradition has much good
to say about sex. Rumor is that the one significant Christian thinker
(Jovian) who spoke positively of sex was promptly excommunicated. However... I
think that starting with general principles, one can show a more positive
notion of sexuality.
If marriage is good, if the body is good, and the body is part of our core being, then it would seem to follow logically that sex must also be composed of its good and evil aspects and cannot be simply evil.
Some thinkers would admit those statements, but then say that the purpose of sex was for the creating of children, and not for any other purpose. But children could have been created by means less complicated, one would have thought if it was only for this practical purpose.
But let's consider more carefully what happens when a child is brought into the world. Christians believe in the immortality of souls, but don't appear to believe in the pre-existance of souls. So the act of sex has the possibility of creating a soul. Thus, it is a participation with God in the creation of the universe. Such a participation should be a divine act.
Some might admit that to be true, but then say that this would only sanction those acts of sexuality that do produce children, and not any other act of sex, and certainly not any act of sex that does not result in a male depositing semen into a woman.
So we should turn our attention to the impact of sex on a relationship between two people and the purpose of joining people. In a relationship, those called to it have the chance to explore a union that is a prefiguring of the union all will have in the life to come. Sex is both an effective enhancement to that union and a moment of experiencing our core yearning to be rejoined to all that sin has split us from.I'd say that sex is one of the gifts God gave us so that we could have a taste of divinity on earth. In sex we dissolve our individuality, we break our ego's desire to win by our surrender to the beloved. Or at least, we should. There is much more that should be said about this topic.
My views on homosexuality. I think the question of homosexuality is really a question of how we interpret the Bible. My argument is that when we understand how the Bible defines sin, that we can see that homosexuality is not inherently sinful.
|Last updated 4/30/06; first posted 12/18/99; © 2006 John P. Nordin|