Religion and Sexual Health pp Cite as. Traditional western Christianity was a sex negative religion, regarding sex as necessary for procreation, but emphasizing celibacy as the ideal. This hostility to sex is not so much a part of Biblical Christianity as it is a major component of Christian theology. This was because Christianity appeared in a world dominated by the expansionist Roman Empire which had adopted and incorporated into its own intellectual tradition much of Greek philosophy and ethics. Unable to display preview.
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The starting point for a Christian understanding of human sexuality is the belief that all humans are made 'in the image of God'. The creation story in Genesis shows how male and females are intimately connected to each other:. This story suggests that man and woman unite to become complete. St Paul reminds Christians that: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price.
But it's not that simple. And then, you could have at it all you wanted. But what I wasn't taught in Sunday School is that the Bible's teachings on sex have been interpreted in many different ways. I didn't know that the early Christians actually started practicing celibacy because they were convinced the end of the world was near.
We are created as sexual beings, so sexuality rightly holds more than a passing interest to us. Likewise, sex sells, but the products offered are often flawed. Confusion lurks for our young people — older ones too — when encouragement for the loosening of sexual standards comes, as it sometimes does, from religious quarters.