Is sex the ultimate high? The legendary hormonal extacy that supposedly transforms boys into men and girls into women? Or, is it just hype or another addiction, another escape into a sensual haze.
Some suggest that sex was the original sin committed by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. To me, the Bible paints a very different story. The first man and woman were forbidden to eat from only one tree, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” it reads. How that can be construed to be sex, i don’t know. The woman tried this fruit and asked the man to check it out.
But, after this sin was committed an interesting psychological change came over the couple. They realized they were naked and covered themselves. The Creator asked them about their new behavior and He knew that they had eaten from the tree. Was the fruit of that tree some sort of afrodesiac, or a something that triggered a hormone that initiated puberty and sexual awareness.
We can only guess, but the result was twofold:
Mortality meant eventual death and judgement for their sin. Reproduction was needed to bring salvation and the hope of a remedy for this situation. The Son of God would make His entrance into humanity as a flesh and bone future offspring many generations after Adam and Eve were dead and gone. So, the real origin of human sexuality was to prevent his extinction with the first created pair. More importantly, though it was to enable gain a way out of the sin predicament.
Once the Savior had accomplished all that was necessary for the salvation of mankind for all who would believe in Him, the only further need for sexuality among humans was to enable the fulfillment of the rest of prophetic scripture in the Bible and to assure that this message of hope and salvation (the Gospel) could be communicated to all language groups on the planet. This could only happen if mortal mankind could continue to exist on earth.
After that, the future for human sexuality is in doubt. Jesus taught that “in Heaven there is neither male nor female for they are like the angels.” Sex enables the continued existence of fallen mankind. But, it can also bring about that special intimicy and appreciation between a husband and his wife. This relationship can only be experienced in mutual fidelity and only between partners of the opposite sex. Born that way, i might add. Anything else is conterfeit and falls terribly short of the real plan and intent of the Creator.
Many couples depend on “chemistry” or romantic desire to keep a marriage together. This is just the opposite of the ideal. Couples should be able to eventually wean themselves from that notion and move towards a bond of appreciation for one another and respect. Enjoying this sojourn together with kind communication and love for our Creator. Jesus tells us that marriage and sex are only until “death do we part”. After that, He has other, much more wonderful, plans for those He welcomes into His Kingdom. “Eye hasn’t seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the hear of man, the wonderful things that God has prepared for those that love Him.”