Who related sex with sin?
We can see all creatures except humans enjoy sex freely and to the fullest without the feeling of any sort of guilt. Who or what made man feel guilty about indulging in sex?
hai Vegas Elias,
your question is good. As for my knowledge the ancestors who lived in India observed the nature. And as you said all living beings enjoys sex and after doing sex they really felt exhaustion. So they concluded that sex is a sin because it takes your energy away. they considered it as a sin for spiritual purposes. Ultimately new system of "Brahmacharya" took place and had spread into world.
Not only that the Holy Bible says Christ was a bachelor. Because to become a holy man the Christ should possess some qualities through out life such as elimination of emotions related to sex. Because they consider sex as a sin.
In so many cultures there are such believes. Now a day we cannot avoid the thoughts of sex.
It needs to be noted that if you really delve into the animal world, they don't enjoy sex, it is vey robotic and the drive is simply that - a drive to procreate. Animals don't feel guilty because they do not experience self awareness. It is like comparing apples and oranges.
Enjoyment of sex is a human trait. As a Christian I take my cues from Scripture and it tells me sexual activity outside of marriage is fornication and a sin. So that is where my beliefs stand as old fashioned and antiquated as it may seem.
ya, you are right about the fact that animals do not possess self awareness. but you are mistaken that animals do not enjoy sex. According to animal psychology such an experiment is proved that a rat enjoys sex.
Animals experience intimate orgasm. It is in any sense,temporary insanity brought on by internal organic chemicals. Your faith as it pertains to God's will toward man is shared by me along with all your family in Jesus Christ.
We know from research that animals do in fact possess self-awareness, most notably crows - but other animals as well. I think it would be more accurate to say that animals do not have a moral code and so cannot experience guilt.
Excellent point Dubuquedogtrainer. It would be more appropriate to say that animals have no moral code. Unfortunately, a lot of humans don't seem to either -- it is a new day I guess.
A study in Etymology reveals the origin of the word sex:
sexual intercourse first used in1929 by D.H. Lawrence; as refers to genitalia, first used in 1938. Sex, as copulation between any organism, first used in 1904. So, it is an unbelievably new word with suspect credentials.
Sin, as it might refer to intimate relations, occurs when it falls outside of Gods sanction, that being for the purpose other than procreation and marital oneness or union between a man and a woman, within a monogamous relationship, blessed by God. Deviations from this should require judgement, unless repentance is accepted.
Sex isn't sinful. God Himself made woman to have a relationship with man. What is sinful is the perversion of sex and the lust of the flesh outside of holy matrimony.
What matters is why humans feel that sex is sin unless certain legal requirements are met when humans and animals engaged in sex long before such legalities were even thought of?
I can think of two possible reasons:
1. Sex has financial consequences for humans that it does not have for animals. Once men realized the role they played in procreation, they needed a way to ensure the offspring they were taking care of didn't actually belong to some other guy. The only way to do this was to control women's sexual behavior. As different religions developed and the concept of sin emerged, guilt, divine censure and shame proved to be effective contraceptives.
2. Very early on, Christian missionaries ran into problems when they tried to convince indigenous peoples that they needed Jesus to save them from their sins. Christianity was a hard sell when the morals of the "sinners" surpassed those of the missionaries. Taking something as natural as sex and turning it into a sin guaranteed the missionaries would have no problem finding something to make the natives feel guilty about. This is especially true if you forbid polygamy in a society where there are more women than men and then force celibacy on all the unmarried women. Nature itself will rebel against this, and when it does, the people can then be accused of sin and in need of a savior.
There is no one historical origin, nor a single religion, that made this an issue. Rather, it is a theme that arises in many places. For example, while ancient Hindu beliefs are much more open to sexuality being an aspect of our divinity than modern, it is not correct to say that there is a divide between ancient and modern Hinduism, and a particular yogi or guru who changed the thinking of that faith. Also, brahmacharya can mean simple sexual restraint, but many consider it's deeper meaning to be mastery of sexual energy as life energy. Similarly, in Judaism, sexuality within marriage is generally regarded as healthy, and the definition of marriage has change from polygyny to monogamy, but it can also be said that there is a cultural idea that sex is dirty. And the story that, after Adam and Eve at the forbidden fruit, they saw that they were naked, and felt a need to be clothed and to hide. This has been interpreted to be about sexuality in many ways.
Buddha chose a celibate path. However, sexuality, per se, is not generally regarded as bad or dirty. In my experience within Buddhism, it is about the challenge, especially in pre-modern times, of finding enough time to do meditation practice if one is also making a marriage work and raising children.
In Christianity, it is believed that Jesus was single and celibate, but there is nothing in the gospel as such to say that this is related to holiness. However, the establishment of an officially celibate priesthood in the Catholic church naturally led to association of lack of sexual activity with sanctity.
Now, of course, all these traditions are coming to know one another and blend. So we have many options, and can make our own way. If we wish to end suffering and be holy, we need not to misuse our energy. And sexuality is an expression of our energy. What to do? It's up to each of us to figure that out.
Remove your testicles and you lose interest in sex but retain life energy(think) Christ provides redemption and the Kingdom of His Father. Buddha provides what? Can't blend.
Sexuality is indeed an energy. Every move we make releases energy into the universe. And you are right,many events in history converged to create this paradigm. Even as we speak, our words are becoming part of that paradigm.
Prayer is an energy that wont die with this world as "sexual energy" will and for a paradigm concerning "sexual energy", I point to "a fart in a breeze". It's quick but relaxing, an energy eclipsed by its enormous down time side affect.
According to Eastern thought sex outside of found in Bhagavad-Gita one of the Vedas( Book of Wisdom), having illicit sex causes unwanted population. The unwanted population will cause a disturbance in the society. The main reason is so that children are raised in good homes.
According to Hinduism sex is to produce God conscious children, and it should be between married people. Sex also causes attachment to the other person and in some instances may lead to crimes of passion.
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