15-12-6 The Fear of Sex

The Fear of Sex

Fear of Sex

The fear of sex, My Dear Congregation, is wide spread, not only amongst Christians but also amongst self – proclaimed atheists. (There is an essay to come very soon on the topic of atheism.) The readings for this Sunday all focus in the Power of God and our obedience to his commandments. (Phil. 1: 4 to 6 & 8 to 11; Luke 3: 1 to 6; Psalm 2) In other words they are on the Fear of God.

Should this Fear of God include Fear of Sex? Quite the contrary, we should enjoy sex! Every day without sex is a sin! Sex is the ‘Image of God’ in which he created us, male and female (Gen. 1: 27). When God created us, the only thing worth mentioning was the fact that we are male and female, not an upright stance, not forward facing eyes to judge distance, not an opposable thumb to grab and use tools, not language, not a big brain, just being male and female, that was important!

The fact that it says, ‘… in the Image of God created he him, ….’ does not mean that the adam was a single man by that name. The word for man, in, ‘So God created man,’ is the adam! The adam can mean mankind or man in general. In Hebrew language this word is of male gender and therefore it is referred to in Hebrew as ‘him’, (in the image of God created he him), but in English ‘it’ would have been more appropriate, since the proper translation of ‘the adam’ is not man, but mankind, since women were included in this, ‘male and female created he them.’ Did these first people with whom God spoke face to face have a fear of sex?

The Image of God, his intention when he made us, was for us to enjoy sex and to reach a state of ecstasy in which we would experience the Presence of God! Sexual touches were used to conjure the presence of God to take oaths (Where Did Abraham’s Servant Put His Hand?). Did Abraham and his servant have a fear of sex?

Sex was not for reproduction. Reproduction occurred, because God said to us (Gen. 1: 28), ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, ….’ This is what God revealed to us In The Beginning. In The Beginning God designed sex to be pleasure (Hebrew: Eden), a pleasure to trick us into reproduction, but he did not reveal to us the purpose of this activity. Also about the animals that God had created before mankind, he revealed (Gen. 1: 22) that he had said, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.’ He did not mention the animals being male and female. That was none of man’s business! So to us, sex was meant to be pleasure! If the first people had the same fear of sex as today’s people, mankind would have died out at a very early stage.

Some say, there was no sex in the beginning and sex was the Original Sin, described as a parable in Gen. 3. As explained in Greetings from Paradise, the original sin was not sex, but its recognition, the recognition that it is sex that makes women pregnant. The woman had acquired this Knowledge by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and God punished her for that in Gen. 3: 16, ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy man, and he shall rule over thee!

What a punishment! Since the woman had eaten of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she now never again would be able to engage in this most pleasurable of all activities without thinking of pregnancy and childbirth! She now had the fear of sex! Still she shall not be able to avoid sex in spite of her fear of sex. She still shall want to have sex, it shall be as if her man rules over her. So through all the ages since the Original Sin, women were in this dilemma, they felt like having sex, but they feared the consequences. They had a fear of sex!

All through the ages it was like that, but now we have contraceptives! Can we be like little innocent little children again, forgetting what we know? What would the Apostles have done? Did they have a fear of sex?

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Amen