Submitted by Matt Tomasino on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 07:33
When it comes to a conservative biblical moral view of food and sexuality there is either an assumed entitlement or strict judgment due to a series of promises and mentions found in the bible.
Overall, a combination of food and sex may not be a consideration other than to sustain adequate nourishment for healthy stamina and seed during procreation. However, the comparison of biblical verses mentioning food and sexuality could have similar tones.
The Comparison of Biblical Verses
The comparison of biblical verses of food and sexuality remind one how synonymous they really are. The satiety of sustenance brings feelings of calm, peace and contentment as does the satiety of human connection, even if only for procreation, as touch deprivation is quelled nonetheless.
Genesis 1:29 - “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”
Genesis 2:18 - “It is not good for the man to be alone: I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Genesis 9:3 - “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
Proverbs 5:15-19 - “And rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love”
Ezekiel 4:9 - “And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer, and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it.”
Heb 13:4a - “Sex is an honorable thing as far as God is concerned…but only among those who have been joined together by God in holy matrimony”
The Moral Views
Adding food as sexual enhancement, aphrodisiac and/or sex play items is morally unacceptable. The moral view sees that sex is about love and abundance not individual pleasure.
After great struggle, the human thought and/or act of intimacy became tabooed by philosopher and theologian, Augustine. He describes how he was taken under the spell of debauchery, “the frenzy gripped me and I surrendered myself entirely to lust.”, but how after such, he denounced sex outside procreation as “pure evil”. Therefore, sex remains appropriate and essential by the Roman Catholic; allowable strictly as a procreation necessity, only in marriage, or act of ultimate faith presented as celibacy. Similarly, the Evangelicals describe sex as pure and wonderful only between a holy matrimonial man and a woman. All vilify gay sex/marriage.
The conservative biblical moral view of avoiding food is one of the common practices amongst many orthodox and even progressive religious observers. Some consider food and sex deprivation a form of ‘praying with the body’. Abstaining from meat, alcohol, caffeine, seafood, root vegetables, specific preparations and more shows how easily food as well as sexuality are used hand-in-hand for proper observance.
The Romans said it best:
Romans 14:3 - “Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.”
The conservative biblical moral view of food and sexuality shows how each are sacred and how each are similar. Confusing the two may skew views and create a fear of sin, which in turn will deny the opportunity to explore the right relationship between food and sex.
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