A student's interpretation of the gift of sex from God
The Gift of Sex:
A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment
A Student’s Critique
Jeffery T. Treadaway
It will be the intent and purpose of this dialog to five the student’s perspective and interpretation of the textbook: The Gift of Sex: A Guideline to Sexual Fulfillment (Penner & Penner, 2003). Discussed will be the topics of sexuality as a gift from God and what the Bible says about sexuality and the role of sex within the marriage. The topic of the physical dimensions will also be explored to include our bodies and discovering and sharing of our body, as well as, how our bodies work and the sexual ...view middle of the document...
The term Kenosis, which means the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming a human, is also used to define this desire by God for relations with His people. This will naturally apply to a Christian marriage as the Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:25: “Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”. (Holy Bible, NIV, 2003).
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is telling the husbands to give himself up to and for his wife and to love her with the intensity that He loves the church. This applies to husband in relation to Christianity as the idea of imitation of Christ and self-limitation in the area of sexual expression. The justification in this concept is the fact that sexuality is at the root of what is the major relationality of the human nature if, in fact the nature of the person primarily lies in the relationships experienced by that person then sexuality is a major component of that person’s nature (Williams, 2013).
Sexual intercourse was not a result of the fall of man but rather a beautiful part of the creation plan of God. The Bible tells us in Genesis 2:24: “For this reason a man will his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Holy Bible, NIV, 2003). This phrase speaks of the bond of sexual intercourse by which husband and wife become one flesh.
As the textbook points out, this is more than the physical aspects of sex it is referring to the union between husband and wife that unites them as a total person, becoming one (Penner & Penner, 2003). Becoming one with one another reflects the way in which man was created in God’s perfect image and of the union between God and man without shame or sense of nakedness.
The Bible speaks of and endorses the concept of sexual pleasure between and husband and wife which reflects the image of God. Human beings make love for pleasure where as animals have sex for reproduction. In fact, the Bible gives instructions for the marriage role in sexual pleasure in 1 Corinthians 7: 3-5: “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again that satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (Holy Bible, NIV, 2003).
Love must be the guiding and deciding factor in deciding what sexual behaviors are right and wrong between a husband and a wife. Although there may be restrictions in regards to the person with whom we become sexual involved with, there are obviously no restrictions or limitations on how one enjoys themselves within the marriage. Within the marriage, we are free to enjoy one...