King's Business - 1967-03

O n e o f t h e g r e a t e s t g i f t s o f G o d to every nor­ mal man and woman is the sex drive. Without it life would not have its same meaning and without it life would never realize its highest fulfillment. How unfortunate that many people grow into adulthood knowing little more about the sex drive than what they learn by way of locker room conver­ sation and jokes! In our time sex has become some­ thing to be joked about and toyed with, a free license on the basis “Everyone is doing it.” Unbe­ lievable is the increasing number of illegitimate pregnancies and venereal diseases among teenagers in this country. No one knows the great potential o f how marriages are being ruined in early court­ ship days by a mis-use of the sex drive. I f you are normal you have a strong sex drive. It is not bad or dirty. It is a natural part of God’s creation. It is among His most priceless gifts to you. “ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male, and female he created them . . . And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:27, 31). Just as soon as the Bible notes the sexual distinc­ tion in God’s creation, it states that God felt it was very good. This should remove from any mind that God gave us a basic drive that is inherently evil . . . that sex is dirty. Some religious people reason: “What is flesh is evil—What is spiritual is good— Sex is flesh—therefore sex is evil.” This kind of reasoning has no foundation whatever in the Scrip­ ture. As God fashioned the sex drive and endowed us with it, it is “ very good.” Our religion involves our body of flesh as well as our soul or spirit. The body and soul are miracu­ lously put together to form our personality by God and only God can separate them. We see the sacred­ ness o f the body when we read such Scripture as this: “ I appeal to you . . . present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship,” (Rom. 12 :1 ); “ So glorify God in your body” (I Cor. 6 :20, RSV ). When we go into our church to worship, we go body and soul. When we express love to a chosen life partner, it is body and soul expressing it through the sex drive. Sex is as much a part of the spirit as it is of the body. In the Genesis creation accounts, we learn that God found man incomplete by himself — woman incomplete by herself. So God created man for woman and woman for man. In a right relation­ ship they both complete and complement each other



By Robert H. Meneilly



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