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Why Is There Such a Stigma About Sex?
Dear Brother Ron
Why is there such a stigma about sex when it comes to religion? It seems
that a standard position on the matter from your average Christian is that
you should never, ever, ever engage in sex unless you are married (to
someone of the opposite sex, of course), in your marriage bed, and even
then, only when it's absolutely necessary.
Homosexual sex is of course dirty and filthy and nasty and an abomination
before God and should never be acted on (therefore gays should be celibate,
if they're not willing to "switch"). Masturbation is a no no.
This very natural function that humans have, this basic need we all possess
to hold and touch one another seems to be absolutely verboten. And
Christians are so completely fascinated by it - especially what the people
around them are doing and how it rates on the sin-o-meter.
First, let's examine the subject in the context of the Hebrew society. The
Hebrews con- sidered themselves to be God's chosen people. This was a very
exclusive club and member- ship was only open to those who could prove they
were descendents of the original twelve tribes of Israel. If you were not a
descendent of Israel, you were a gentile and therefore in- ferior to the
chosen ones. The Hebrews did not want their bloodline "polluted" by children
of mixed heritage.
You must also consider the position of women in this society. A woman was
the possession of her husband. Only he had the right to sexual relations.
Adultery was a capital offense, pun- ishable by death by stoning. A husband
also had the right to kill his wife if he found on their wedding night she
was not a virgin. So the prohibition against casual sex has very deep roots
in the Judeo-Christian heritage.
The prohibition against homosexuality and masturbation also has deep roots
in the Christian tradition. Again, we find in the Hebrew tradition that the
only reason for sex was the pro- creation of children. In Genesis 38:9 we
find that "when he (Onan) went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled
it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother". In the next
verse, we find that God was not pleased by this and killed Onan.
You must remember that Jesus and his disciples were Jews. As such, they were
raised in this tradition and believed firmly in it. They also embodied it
into their gospels, which became the platform for the Christian faith.
Hope this helps.