Sex And Religion Essay

1280 words - 6 pages

Courtney Beletti
REL 265.104
Essay #2
Regulation of the Sex Act
(MLA)

In our culture today there is a large disagreement over how society treats sex and how religion treats it. The biggest argument during this time is whether or not same-sex marriage should be allowed. Political officials in each state have the duty to make the decision without having the voice of religion chime in. However, religious officials and religious citizens are letting their own beliefs decide whether or not someone else is allowed to do what they want. Another argument where the state and church collide, but is not as heated at the moment, is if the act of intercourse should be regulated. In regards to ...view middle of the document...

Since the act is not impure, marital sex should not need to be regulated.
In many religions once a couple is married there is usually apprehension about having intercourse for any reason other than to create a child. There are beliefs that the almighty power the individual worships sees the act of having sex as impure if it is for pleasure. Yet in the Christian Bible (ESV translation), 1 Corinthians 7:5 reads, “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” This verse is talking about a married couple giving themselves to each—as in having sex—except for when they both agree to refrain from laying with each other, for a certain amount of time, in order to become closer to God. In this example God is encouraging the couple to be together in a physical sense with no mention of creating a child because marriage is a place for the expression of human sexuality. The act is supposed to give both relational and spiritual benefits by reducing the temptation to partake in sin such as adultery. This is showing sex is not only for procreation but also for pleasure and the relationship; to help the couple grow closer together. The closeness of a married couple is explained in Ephesians 5:31 as the two becoming “one flesh.” In Judaism this is shown in the practice that there is not allowed to be anything between the couple during coitus. In Melby’s article he cites a line from an article by two AASECT members that says, “Nothing is permitted to interfere with the full intimacy of the union of couples during sex,” (4). The words “full intimacy” here imply that the action is for the passion of the couple’s relationship and not for the sole purpose of creating life. In Confucianism the husband often had a first wife then secondary wives. The secondary wives were simply there to provide sexual pleasure to the husband (Shim 135). This again shows the act could be for more than only procreation. Since sex is also for pleasure, the act should not be regulated.
In America the government is supposed to be separate from the church. This means religious views are to be left out of political decisions. In another place and time the sexuality of women was repressed by the religion that was connected to the public officials. An example of this is in Confucian societies a woman always carried around a “silver decorated knife” in...

Other Papers Like Sex and Religion

Evaluate Feminist Views On The Role And Functions Of Religion In Society Today

552 words - 3 pages rules as no sex before marriage, no contraception and no abortion even in circumstances such as rape. On the other hand a similar view is seen by Marxists as they argue that religion serves the needs of capitalism. Religion is seen as the opium of the people by dulling the pain of oppression in this case of females. If this continues women can develop a false consciousness to the negativity therefore prevent change happening. Religion is seen as a

Single Sex Schools vs Mixed Sex Schools

902 words - 4 pages children as it will isolate them from the other gender for behavioral reasons and others for religious reasons. However, it was shown that students who are avoided from the other gender, boys especially, show more disrespect to the girls than those who were not. In addition, religion does not state that both genders should be segregated. It is been proved that graduates of single sex schools experience depression when they reach a certain age

Homosexual Marriage

1351 words - 6 pages civil union is recognized. The attitude of the Chinese government towards homosexuality is believed to be "three nos": "No approval; no disapproval; no promotion." In Hong Kong, no measures have been put in place to allow same sex marriage. As we can see the governments of these countries are unwilling to put themselves into such a controversial situation(Why???). They prefer their own traditional cultural to goes against their religion and

Sex Education

1409 words - 6 pages would require teachers and parents to become more educated themselves. Often times they find themselves caught off-guard and unable to answer questions thrown at them from children. For families, if they really desire to instill the values and beliefs from their culture and or religion in their children then they need to be open to talking to them about sex and how they think it should be viewed. They should not force these values and beliefs

Same Sex Marriage

2395 words - 10 pages lost their lives over for centuries. Whether it be for race, religion, or the right to marry whichever gender we please, equality is the most profound rights that we have not only as American citizens, but as human beings. In this paper I will discuss my views on same sex marriage and analyze how the states Massachusetts and California are more liberal than the state of Kentucky when it comes to the issues of same sex marriage. The states

Why Is There so Much Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage from Australia’s Major Parties

2216 words - 9 pages sinful, immoral, deviant, and is a psychiatric illness. People who violate the nature of the order are betraying the will of God (Wilson 1971, p.50). The three biggest religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, have conventionally been object to same-sex marriage. Furthermore, Christians constitute the largest proportion in Australia. In 2007, 64% of the population claimed to be at least nominally faithful to the Christian religion (Kristen &Brad

Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve

984 words - 4 pages traditional marriage because its same sex) isn’t historically/culturally accurate a. The Random House Dictionary (circa 1970) defines marriage as “the state of being married”. Today, many Americans like to define marriage as “a bond between a man and a woman only”. Traditionally, Christians (who make up America’s religion census) oppose the concept of same-sex marriage because in the Bible it is viewed as a “sin”. Protest and posters that

Examine At Least Two Religious Perspectives On Sexual Ethics. (14 Marks)To What Extent,Is It Reasonable To Claim That Sexual Ethics Should Be Separated From Religious Beliefs? (6 Marks)

2272 words - 10 pages , economic and social. For many religions, sexual ethics is expressive of a divine relationship as well as the fact that it is undertaken within a community. This tension in sexual ethics between the private and the public sphere is what makes it an interesting and important topic of academic study.Sexual ethics encompasses the issues of sex before, within and outside of marriage, sexual orientation, masturbation and contraception. The context of sexual

Religion and Morality A2 Ethics

736 words - 3 pages using the example of contraception, asking if God is really interested in if people use condoms. Sharpe touches on a bigger, more pressing issue, and that is the interpretation of religious texts and the practice of ancient laws tied into religion. Shariah law states men and women can face 100 lashes for extramarital sex, or be stoned to death for adultery. Religion slows social and technological progress, such as the legalisation of same sex

Same Sex Marriage

2256 words - 10 pages Research paper: Same-sex Marriage Petra Jerabkova Sociology 316: Marriage and Family Dr. Alston April 10, 2014 The legalization of same-sex marriage has been a battle that has been raging since the late twentieth century. By not allowing same-sex marriage, the United Sates are creating discrimination against same-sex couples. People of faith are the biggest advocates against same-sex marriages. With the belief that

This Essay Is About The Pros And Cons Of Teen Sex

1456 words - 6 pages abstain. These two stances shed light on why sex is out of control today, what the world thinks about sex, and what religion says about sexual immorality. The facts are evident: teens have sex. It seems almost impossible to calculate the number of teens who are actually having premarital sex, because, of course, they don't wish to confess. Some teens though, have no choice but to confess because their actions lead to severe consequences such as

Related Essays

Gay Marriage Essay

653 words - 3 pages exclusion of one of their own. The opposition towards same-sex marriage and the idea of restricting marriage to different –sex couples will not stop commitment relationship between relationships between members of the same sex. Support of the same-sex marriage saga differs across every age group, gender, race, political ideology and religion. About seventy percent of Argentines supported the gay marriage during the 2010 Bill by allowing it with

Gay Marriages Essay

2567 words - 11 pages marriages is because either they are either planning something or nothing at all. I think that same sex marriages are ludicrous and it shouldn’t be placed a reason to change congresses mind. Religion states that it affects everyone’s religion or stand towards their own ideas of what gay people really mean. There are many different religions that will not accept same sex marriages. Gay and lesbians will try hard to get married through church even

Same Sex Marriage Essay

693 words - 3 pages history.These same-sex unions continued until Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. A law in the Theodosian Code was issued in 342 AD by the Christian emperors Constantius II and Constans, which prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome and ordered that those who were so married were to be executed. Same-sex marital practices and rituals were more recognized in Mesopotamia than in ancient Egypt.In the ancient Assyrian

Same Sex Marriage Essay 799 Words

799 words - 4 pages religion does not apply to the debate against same-sex marriage, the sanctity of marriage, and why homosexuals want to get married. Many people ask, why do same sex couples need to get married? In the United States same sex couples are only allowed to get married in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Some other states allow same sex couples to have a civil union, but civil union does not give the couple the same rights that a marriage does