Monday, February 15, 2016

Sex Is A Spiritual Act

Sex has a powerful emotional aspect, because although sex is a physical act, God meant for it to be a joining of the soul and mind and moral conscience and all the other intangibles about two people.  That’s why premarital sex can leave us feeling good for a moment, and not just physically.  It gives us an emotional rush.  But when the wave of good emotional feeling is over (however long that may take), bad emotions set in.  When we deal in the moral realm, we are faced with moral consequences.

Even though sex and love both have strong emotional components, those components are not the same.  Rather, they are parallel; they cannot be one until two people have been made one through the commitment of marriage.  In that context, sex and love can be expressions of the same emotions.  Marital sex becomes a model of God’s provision and selfless giving, drawing us closer to each other and to Him.

Josh McDowell and Dick Day, "Why Wait?" p.256


Rick said...

Marriage joins two bodies, but only Mormons believe it "joins" spirits. We will not be married in heaven, hence "one flesh", not "one spirit." This is an unfortunate exaggeration that is based on a form of marriage idolatry that I see too often advocated by people who want marriage to mean more than it does. It is often most prevalent in highly reformed churches that talk about federal headship of the husband. While I am a 5 point Calvinist myself (albeit dispensational) I think this fallacy exists in a lot of evangelical circles as well.

Marriage is a gift from God for the purpose of sexual expression and to provide a context for the raising of children in safety and spiritual growth. But our oneness in marriage is temporal and physical. It will not continue in heaven. While I am sure the authors of this agree if stated as such, I think their statements go too far. Marriage already has too many loads to carry in this world and I would hate to see Christians over-react to the divorce epidemic by making more of marriage than God does.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The citation does not say it "joins" spirits, and I don't know why you felt the need to bring in the Mormon nonsense.

The citation speaks of two souls joining, and the soul and spirit are different (Heb. 4:12). We are a spirit (spiritual being) in a physical body. The soul is who we are, our personality, the part of us which is eternal with the our spirit. Marriage reflects the unity of Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:24-32). And there is nothing wrong with the BIBLICAL teaching of the headship of the husband.

Marriage is a gift from God, first for the purpose of companionship and unity (Gen.2:18) and SECONDLY for procreation.

There is nothing in this citation which even hints at marriage in heaven.

I think you read way too much into the quote.