For the first five years of my faith journey I could not read the Song of Solomon without lusting. It was during a reading for a bible survey course that I had an encounter with this book. And it really was that strong. I remember where I was, the time of night, the weather outside, and where I was sitting. As I read the forbidden book - Song of Solomon - I was enveloped in the love of Christ. There, siting in the presence of the almighty, came to me these words “sex too, is beautiful.” It was a revelation of the Spirit. I had been reading my Bible for five years every day (or very close daily). Our third century brother whose name is synonymous with 'Great Theologian' promoted singleness for reason of holiness. Some have speculated that his bad view of body/sex is related to personal issues for him that went beyond the all the Platonic/Greek thinking that ran through his veins. But I think there could be more. Why didn't his reading of the Old Testament correct his less than good view of body and sex. He is quoted as once saying “If Abraham could have had children with out having sex, he would have.”
Thursday, March 25, 2010
As we were about to break bread our adorable little girl announced “All boys have a peanut.” Where did that come from? What does that mean? Looking up into the air, I muter the words to myself, “all boys ...” when my wife bursts out laughing. What is so funny? All boys [laughter] have [more laughter] a penis.
Now all of us are laughing with our little one not cognizant of why, but enjoying her part in the uproar.
Kids really... do... say the funniest things.
The first mention of male and female in the Torah greets us with two anatomical words. The Hebrew words respectively mean “pointed” and “bored or pierced” for man and women who are to be fruitful and multiple. It is hard not to see child like innocence in these first mentioned words in Genesis 1.