I don't have a religious or spiritual tradition myself, but I'm always interested in hearing about how other people's religions and sense of spirituality tie into aspects of their life.
In this thread, I want to ask-- what is the significance of sex (all sex, not just intercourse) in your religious/spiritual tradition. I don't mean discussing the "rules" about when you should and should not have sex.
What I do mean is: what does your tradition say about what happens between two people when they do have sex? Is the effect spiritual, or only bodily? Do you believe it always creates a lasting spiritual bond between two people, or is there more to lasting bonds than just sex?
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HELLO BEPPIE, THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING TOPIC. FIRST OF ALL, WAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SEX? WELL IN MY RELIGION, WAT HAPPENS AT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE IS THE BODILY JOINING OF TWO PERSONS. WE DO BELIEVE THAT THE EFFECT IS SPIRITUAL ALSO. WELL, BASED ON MY PERSONAL BELIEFS, LASTING BONDS CONSISTS OF MORE THAN SEX AND YES I BELIEVE THAT INTERCOURSE CREATES A LASTING SPIRITUAL BOND BETWEEN TWO PERSONS. I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTIONS (WAT R YOUR BELIEFS REGARDING YOUR ?s)
Very interesting topic. In my particular sect of the Christian faith (nondenominational Protestant). It is both a spiritual bonding as well as physical. Also, in the particular church I attend (regularly, unless I'm away in school) sex is not particularly viewed as "dirty", like most people view the church's view on sex. It is something to be enjoyed, but of course, like most churchs, it is only to be enjoyed in a heterosexual marriage. Still love my church though! :-D I like that word "particular", don't I? lol
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Well, I grew up Catholic, so I learned that all sex was dirty and only should be used to create life. When I started getting serious with my boyfriend, it was hard to shed this feeling. I was also molested as a child, so the belief that sexual acts were dirty was set even more in my mind. But we took it pretty slow, and we are very in love, so little by little I got used to it. I now see sex as (atleast between my boyfriend and I), a deep, passionate connection to display how comfortable and trusting we are with eachother. I no longer believe in the Catholic faith, but I am spiritual and believe there is something else out there. I guess leaving my religion also changed my view on sex. (Note- No offense if anyone is Catholic. This is just my personal experience.)
My Catholic boyfriend says he is not offended.
I'm a Buddhist & also Jewish - there's not much prohibition against sex where my Buddhist half comes from. The key to sex in Buddhism is like the rest of that way of thinking - be good to other people, value them and your experiences with them, realize that what you're going through emotionally/physically is pretty temporary, in the larger scope of things.
For me, that knowledge makes me proud of my sexuality, and I approach sex with a bit of reverence when I'm doing it with someone new. I've got to trust the whole person before we hop in the sack... then the spiritual and emotional connections can be so much deeper!
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