Viewpoints is a SpokaneFāVS feature where our writers respond to a weekly question. Readers are invited to participate by posting in the comment section below.
Recently panelists at Patheos addressed the topic of sex and spirituality. A variety of featured writers wrote about the role of sex from their religious traditions. We decided to invite FāVS’ writers to the discussion, and we invite readers to chime in too!
Do you believe there is a spiritual component to sex? Explain.
Jan Shannon: Not merely a physical activity
I believe that all aspects of our lives are to be governed by our faith. I believe that God created humans in God’s image, and one way we show respect for creation and our creator, is by thoughtful and ethical attitudes in relation to sex.
A sexual relationship should not be entered into thoughtlessly or selfishly. One should not use another’s body for their own satisfaction, not should one disregard the emotional and psychological impact their sexual activities will have on them personally. I do not take a legalistic view of sex, rather, I would simply recommend that before entering into a sexual relationship, each person should be mindful of the import of all aspects of relationship, and not allow sex to be merely a physical activity.
Kelly Rae Mathews: It can be healing
Sex has been viewed as part of spirituality, and as a pathway to awakening and higher levels of spirituality by many religions and faiths the world over. Tantric sex is one of these practices that is still mainstream all over the world. One can reach new levels of creativity and feeling closer to the divine in sex. I know the last time I had this experience, with someone I loved deeply, the sexual energy we shared gave me several new ideas for activist work, problem solving, epiphanies of wisdom and insight, inspirations for stories and I was glowing with joy. I was able to be more loving and kind to everyone else around me as well and had more energy to do all I needed. To me sharing love and sex is a wonderful gift that often brings such spiritual blessings. I sent that love and energy into the world as the love was given to me.
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