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Angels and Animals – chapter 3

February 16, 2007

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Chapter 3 of Sex God, is ‘Angels and Animals’

with a book titled Sex God you might wonder where this is going.

It is going toward how we live our lives as humans. That we can treat sexuality in one way and become animals or in another and try to be angels.

Neither is good.

Animal urges- When we reduce sex to “Food for the Stomach”. Just an animal urge. Rob points out that people describe things like Spring Break with phrases like:

“I can’t believe I…”

“We totally lost our minds…”

“It was so out of control…”

“The next morning I couldn’t…”

These scenes aren’t just about partying and having a good time and hooking up with someone, they raise questions about what it means to be fully human. The temptation is to ignore your conscience or sense of higher purpose, sacrificing what it means to be human. Which leads a person to act much like…an animal.

An angel-

Rob points out how this can be just as destructive. How sex can be ignored or made into something dirty and wrong and you turn yourself off to feeling. “You pretend your an angel.”

When we deny the spiritual dimension to our existence, we end up living like animals. And when we deny the physical, sexual dimension to our existence, we end up living like angels.

And both ways are destructive, because God made us human.

He makes a point that I think is brilliant. He is talking about how the Ephesians seeing that sex can be dangerous decided that it should be avoided all together.

They had a similar practice with food.

He says, “Anytime things got ethically complicated, anytime the waters got even slightly murky, anytime there was something to be held in tension, they simply avoided the issue. ” How often do we do the same?

Rob points out that in the beginning God took steps to move from the “wild and waste” toward order and harmony. We have a role in that continued creation. What will we move toward.

Our actions, then aren’t isolated. Nothing involving sex exists independent of and disconnected from everything around it. How we act determines the kind of world we’re creating.

Animal?

Angel?

or something created after both of those?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2007 12:41 pm

    I don’t know why but the line from where the heart is delivered so eloquently by Stockard Channing comes to mind here…

    “Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies. And we ask forgiveness, Lord, for the fornication that Mr. Sprock and me committed this morning on this very table”

  2. February 17, 2007 9:24 am

    I better get the book or I’ll just end up reading your blog.

    thanks.

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