The Issue Of Sexual Practices

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The meaning and understanding of sexual practices has long been a subject of debate amongst humanity. The issue of sex is an intimate one that evokes intense emotional responses from people. One’s interpretation of what is right and wrong in sexual ethics and therefore their viewpoint on particular practices arises from whether they take an absolute or relative standpoint on such matters. Dilemmas are compounded further by the evolutionary, anthropological and ontological viewpoints of sex that differ widely - the conflict between these three invite debates about what kind of behaviour is correct. It was originally believed that the individual was made up of both the physical and spiritual side. The spiritual mind was regarded as…show more content…
God’s will is shown to man through the story of original sin, which explains that disobeying God’s word distorts the natural order of the universe and is immoral as it destroys the perfection that he created. Before the Fall of man sex was not sinful and was inherently good. Eve’s disobedience towards God in Genesis 3:6 wherein she took the fruit and ate it, despite God’s prior warning that “you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die” (Genesis 3:3), introduces evil and sin into the world, therefore changing the nature of sex and deeming it unlawful. This evoked the Christian belief that sex is impure and God would favour those who remain celibate. Celibacy is still favoured by many American Christians who encourage young people to agree to virginity pledges. The belief is that sex is only permissible within marriage, as the purpose of marriage is for a man to “leave his father and mother” to be “united with his wife, and they become one flesh”. Marriage also therefore sets up an appropriate setting for children to be raised. God orders that a man and woman should unite in marriage in order to have a sexual relationship and any other kind of relationship would therefore go against the will of God and further disrupt the natural order. Similarly, Aristotle and Aquinas’ theory of natural law suggests that every aspect of the universe
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