A woman living in South Africa relates how her father often said, “Sex is a sin.”
Root analysis: The woman is of a Christian background and her father was a Church Elder who listened to pastor’s sermons and read his Bible, mainly the “New Testament”. The notion that human sexuality is “not good” is very, very alien to the lebenswelt of Israel, the Way of Israel. This negative view emanates almost exclusively from the writings of Paul, e.g.
1 Corinthians 7
1Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
26…is good for a man to remain [single, unmarried]…
29But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should live as though they had no wives [i.e. they should be celibate].
32But I want you to be without cares. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord — how he may please the Lord.
33But he who is married cares about the things of the world – how he may please his wife.
34There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world – how she may please her husband.
38[The father] who does not give [his daughter] in marriage does better…
40But [the widow] is happier if she remains unmarried, according to my judgment – and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Ignatius to Polycarp, Chapter 5:2
If any one is able to abide in chastity to the honour of the flesh of the Lord, let him so abide without boasting.
Because (1) they had been exposed to the above vocabulary and rhetoric since a young age, and (2) because a single Greek term – KURIOS — is commonly used for BOTH “God” and “Christ”, and (3) because they do not know the “Old Testament” well, Christians are de-sensitized to the shockingly bizarre heresy that Paul is smuggling in so subtly, so successfully.
In the TaNaKh – the Hebrew Bible — idolatry is a grave sin. The upright person is to pay ONLY to Almighty YHWH – all else is dismal, deplorable idolatry. Paul, however, smuggles in a Second locus of devotion and loyalty — Christ. This is idolatry. Paul, however, disguises this by calling both “God” and “Christ” by the same title — KURIOS – “Lord”. This is KURIOS CONFUSION… Paul also disguises his newly hatched idolatry by using romantic language such as “I have betrothed you as a chaste virgin to Christ” – language designed to grip and attract women as well as the female soul-element in men. In the account of the deceitful serpent in Eden, the nachash (serpent) targeted the woman, which is metaphoric of the receptive, romantic female soul-element in humanity. Paul does the same. The entire TaNaKh (Hebrew Bible) teaches that one must relate to Almighty YHWH alone – ein od melevado – there is none besides him. In Gan Eden, the nachash’s first move was to say to the woman, “Have God really said…?” The nachash states, in effect, “it will be best for you if you ignore God’s warning and follow my instructions…” In Paul, the olde nachash is “at it, once again” – idolatry is romanticized – the message is, “ignore the prohibitions against idolatry and cleave to the glorious Second Power in Heaven – “Christ” – and you will not die but inherit eternal life. For Paul, eternal life is predicated upon belief in the Second Power in Heaven – he is your saviour, your bridegroom, your husband; you are in him.”
There is only one place in the “gospels” where Jesus advocates celibacy – not for many but only for a select few – such as was practiced by Eliyahu, Elisha and some Essenes.
[Jesus said] …there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
34Jesus replied, ‘The children of this world take wives and husbands,
35but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry…
The Roman Church interprets this as follows: “Now we see that both the angels and the elected saints resurrected, are children of God, they cannot take a wife or husband, they cannot have sex, but they live most chaste and pure…”
One forgotten key to understanding the ethics of the Jesus-movement, was that these Apocalyptic Revolutionaries believed they were standing at the threshold of a transformation of the governance of the earth. The body of 12 disciples was a selected and trained shadow-government, while the group of 70 disciples was a trained shadow-Sanhedrin, a world-court in waiting, to take on the judiciary role envisioned in Yeshayahu 2 and Mikhah 4. A holy-war movement often holds to temporary, interim ethics, which would be non-sustainable in the long run, in a regular, typical human society, century after century. For practical reasons, Moses allowed divorce, but the Apocalyptic Revolutionaries who had separated themselves in the Midbar, the wilderness, to make straight in the wilderness a highway for YHWH (Yeshayahu 40), forbids divorce UNTIL the holy war has succeeded and the word has been transformed to bring in the Malkhut Shamayim — the Kingdom of Heaven. If their great eschatological urgency and emphasis on Purity and Perfection for the sake of the imminent intervention by an Angelic Armada, is overlooked, and their interim ethics is universalised over many centuries, the result will be that thousands of imperfect humans will grapple with feelings of failure and guilt – an unintended burden that was simply “never meant to be”…
Daniel 11 states that one of the characteristics of the evil ruler of the end-of-days will be that he “has no regard for the CHEMDAT NASHIM” – that is, he is unusually negative towards the burning (“ChaM”) heterosexual attraction between men and women (nashim).
Aha! The detective can now bring some evidence to the court… The criminal must be identified and exposed…