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Part one in this series---The gift of human sexuality. A while back this was a very popular commercial jingle used by a company to describe their product. They stated that their product was so delicious, that it had to be sinful. In reality this simple jingle, though amusing to some, actually does reflect the thought processes of most of today’s generation.
When it comes to pleasure and carnal delights, most of today’s generation tend think that anything that gives sensual pleasure, has to come from Satan. If we were to ask those of this generation who invented sex and bestowed it upon mankind, most would have trouble associating sex with a holy God. The truth of the matter is, sex was not created by the devil, Playboy, Hollywood, HBO, or any one of the many internet porn sites. Sex along with human sexuality was created by the holy God of heaven, where purity reigns.
Many churches are ill prepared to deal with the new sexual landscape, which now confronts today's younger generation. Today there is an even greater push for the acceptance of LGBTQ-ISM. While the same time we are facing a global porn pandemic, the likes of which the world has never seen.
In the midst of this sexual chaos, we find that many churches today either out of fear or embarassment, refuse to teach what the Bible clearly teaches about human sexuality. This has all led us to a place where the lines between right and wrong, morally acceptable and not acceptable has blurred: So much so that have have now reached a place of total sexual bewilderment, frustration, and anarchy.
When God set our sex drives in motion, it was not to torture us, or cause us agony or grief, and not just to pro-create but also to bring us pleasure and sexual fulfillment! According to the Bible, our sex drive is neither dirty, shameful, or sinful, but it is something that we must, by God's help learn how to properly utilize.
The way some religious people act you would think that man invented sex and God really didn't approve, but since it is the only way to get more people, He kind of tolerates it. The truth is GOD designed and invented sex! It was God's idea. He created the feeling, emotions and even the physical pleasure of sex.
Howard Hendricks, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary in the U.S., once said "We should not be ashamed to discuss that which God was not ashamed to create." God created sex with a purpose just as He created everything with a purpose. God intended his creation to enjoy the pleasures and blessing of the sexual relationship between a husband and wife.
God created us as sexual beings - male and female. Sex, when practiced within the guidelines laid out by God, is not dirty. Our sexuality is a very powerful part of our lives, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Because sex is so powerful God had to put boundaries on it to protect people abuse. Micca Cambell explains "Sex is God's idea. And it's a good one. Everybody wants in on it especially the marketing industry. Why? Sex sells. Advertisements use sex to sell anything from a hamburger to a Caribbean cruise.
According to a Family Life resource, sex has become a cultural obsession, but the picture of sex that our culture paints is a cheap counterfeit and a perversion of God's original design. Premarital sex is so common in our culture today that some people who remain pure until marriage are considered "old-fashion." But God has your best interest in mind when He commanded us to wait and not engage in fornication. He wants us to experience the absolute best, rather than a poor counterfeit."
Long before God gave the ten commandments and other guidelines that said “thou shalt not”. God’s first instructions to Adam and Eve was, “ENJOY.” Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 1st Tim 6:17. When God created Adam and Eve He placed them in the most perfect setting possible. In Eden God placed everything needed for the enjoyment of sexual intercourse to the highest.
In the minds of many, God is viewed as not having the capability or capacity to understand the inner sexual tensions exerted upon them by way of ones personal sex drive. In fact there is a great disassociation by many when it comes to God, and carnal pleasure. Even in many churches believers tend to view God as not even being able to relate to their desires for carnal pleasures, much less than giving mankind the ability to enjoy sexual intercourse.
THE HUMAN SEX DRIVE-- By divine design, the secretion of certain hormones into the bloodstream activates the pubertal stage. These hormones are substances secreted by the sex glands (ovaries and testicles) and the adrenal gland directly into the bloodstream. Not only do these hormones initiate puberty, but they also help regulate our sex drive and sexual behavior.
When our sex drive initially shows up at our door, it does not politely knock on the door. For many of us our sex drive literally kicked the door off the hinges and stormed into our lives.
Gillis Triplett explains, “ Like clockwork, there will come a time in every person's life, when they will experience their sexual awakening. That inevitable day will appear, most likely, without any warning or advance notice. Some may call it: going girl crazy, being aroused, horny, in heat, in lust, boy crazy, turned-on, having the hots for, on-fire, love jones, beside oneself, infatuated, or lovesick.”
Whatever they call it, that day will come and when it does, it will not only affect every fiber of that person's being, it will affect every single facet of their life - spirit, soul, flesh, financial and social. Many struggle to come to terms with these desires, that the Bible describes as a “BURNING.” For many young people they soon realize that these desires don’t go away once they show up and in many cases they only intensify.
God designed us to be emotional creatures, intellectual creatures, spiritual creatures, and sexual creatures. He also provided ways for each of these distinct needs to be met. As we noted earlier, The way some religious people act you would think God had nothing much to do with sex, He kind of tolerates it.
The truth is GOD INVENTED SEX! It was God's idea. He created the feeling, emotions and even the physical pleasure of sex. He didn't create a man and a woman, leaving the sex part to chance. His creative purpose was in every aspect of mankind's being.
The garden of Eden was the perfect to enjoy fellowship with the divine creator. It was also the most perfect place possible for Adam and every to sexual enjoy each other to the fullest. Everything that they needed to set the right mood was in Eden. They had perfect food, the most romantic environment possible. The sights, the sounds, the aromas, every thing was perfect. And if this was not enough, their nakedness revealed perfectly form male and female physique, that were ascetically pleasing in every way.
Unfortunately, for today's generation the sexual imagery which is being presented today, for the most part, presents a very shallow and one sided concept of us as human beings.
Christ noted the fact, that in the beginning of God’s creation, He designed two distinct genders, (which science confirms to be true). Christ also stated that it was God’s intent, that these two distinct genders ONLY be joined to gather, for intimate companionship. 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matt 19:4-6.
Scientifically speaking, Our gender is “hard wired” into our DNA. Males possess an X and a Y chromosome, whereas females have two X chromosomes. This is in every one of the trillions of cells that make us up. It does not matter if a person “identifies” as the other sex or has had sex reassignment surgery or hormones, a person’s sex is fixed and unchangeable. So much so that if a few human hairs of a criminal are found at a crime scene, a forensic scientist can determine if they were from a male or female by examining the chromosomes in them.
Not only did God bestow upon us our DNA identity sexually, but He also gifted us with other traits, which make us unique, above all other earthly creatures. We are told that in the beginning God created man and woman. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen 1:27-28. When God created Adam and Eve by divine design God created man on a level which bestowed upon him, observant and comprehension skills, which were virtually a parallel image of His (God’s) own.
God endowed Adam and Eve with, 1. Conscience, the ability to morally grasp ones conduct, (sensitivity to the voice of God), 2. Intellect, Thought, imagination, (creativity), 3. Free Choice, (the right and ability to choose), and 4. Desire (including sexual). The ability to experience a sense of longing for a person or object, or hope for a certain outcome. Including in our desires, was our sexual desires.
When God created us, He did so in such a way as to allow us to sexually function on a much higher level. This included our ability to sexually interact. Unlike all other earthly creatures, we not only have sexual desires, but we are also endowed with a conscience. It is this conscience, which allows us to know how to govern ourselves accordingly, when it comes to our sexual conduct. Because of who we are by divine design, God holds us accountable, on a level unlike any other earthly creature, compare below.
When God created us, He did not make robots, nor did He design us as animals who merely functioned on basic instincts. To show how unique Adam and Eve were , it was to them alone that God said the following. “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:16-17. Only Adam and Eve could comprehend and respond to these guidelines. Which in essence was saying, 1. You are free to choose, 2. You can eat of all trees but one. 3. If you eat of that tree, 4. You will die.
Had God given these instructions and warnings to any of His other creatures, they were not designed in such a way to respond, as Adam. For example had God spoke these words to a dog, all the dog could do at best was bark. But Adam and Eve were designed by God to do more than just bark. By divine design they were created to function on a much higher level. Thus God gifted us with our sexual desires, our sexuality, and distinct general role assignments. And He also gave us guidelines in which to enjoy. Compare below.
When God gifted us with our sexuality, He did so in a way which allows us to be sexually active, on a level, far above any other creature. The vast majority of God’s creatures only exhibit sexual interest during their fertile breeding periods. By divine design, sexual activity in almost all earthly creatures, is for the purpose of procreation.
And the sexual activity is limited to the fertile periods of each species. Unlike all the other creatures, God designed us in such a way, that our sexual interest and remains constant. This is true even when we enter the golden tears of our lives, where we are no longer able to have babies.
This is God's special gift to us, By God’s design, even when couples are well up in age and far past the time when they can conceive, their sexual interest is still very active and healthy. It was God intent from the very beginning that sexual intercourse, be much more than just a means by which to procreate. He designed us in such a way that it would be a source of intense pleasure. As many senior citizens can attest to. No one wants us to enjoy the gift of our sexuality, more that the one who gifted us with it, God almighty: But he tells us to do so within the bonds of marriage. Compare below
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