Yesterday I read Rob Bells latest book, Sex God. Rob is speaking in Belfast on Tuesday night, as part of the Calling All Peacemakers tour, so I thought I’d take the chance to read this before then. I found it a really useful book in exploring sexuality and how it relates into everything we do.
Bell has always come in for critiscm, but until now, I’ve never really had any problem with him. However, as much as I appreciated this book… there was one thing he said that just doesn’t sit well with me. He is speaking about the Jewish context of marriage and sex, that in the Hebrew understanding you weren’t married until you’d had sex. He talks around this about ‘unmarried’ couples and suggets that maybe in God’s eyes they are already married… I dunno about this! I think you should read it and judge for yourself. I’m not going to throw out everything because of this, but it did kinda take me aback for a moment.
On a brighter note, here are some points I loved…
“Our sexuality is all the ways we strive to reconnect with our world, with each other,
and with God.”
“Sexy is when it feels good to be in your own skin. Your own body feels right, it feels comfortable. Sexy is when you love being you.”
“Sex becomes a search. A search for something they’re missing. A quest for the unconditional embrace. And so they go from relationship to relationship, looking for what they already have.”
“Is sex in its greatest, purest, most joyful and honest expression a glimpse of forever?
Are these brief moments of abandon and oneness and ecstasy just a couple of seconds or minutes of how things will be forever?
Is sex a picture of heaven?”
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