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Sex And Religion Essay

1280 words - 6 pages

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

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...

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