A friend once told me-"One Sunday, i was in church and glad to be there. i was very involved in the service and i think i was feeling God's presence. but the more in touch i felt, the more aroused i became. and it was intense...I've read the website and some of the things that have been said about this. but, i don't understand. i felt wrong to feel this way. i felt like i was being bad. but the more i opened myself to the service the more sensual it all became. even through everything else that happened during the day that feeling didn't seem to diminish. does this make any sense?"
Christianity has it's roots in Judaism.
To understand the true significance of concepts that is taught in modern day and over much of history of the Christian church, one must understand the culture. Most of that understanding has been lost/shifted/ and mis-taught approximately 200-300 years after the resurrection of Christ. The really MOST important thing to know here is that Judaism is what is called an Eastern or Oriental culture.
An Oriental culture expresses themselves in concrete ways- for example- in thinking about G_d they would say-"G_d is like a mountain, or a rock, or quiet stream, or he is silent like the wind, and speaks with the voice of thunder. . . well you get the idea. In a western culture which we are- we say God is mighty, powerful, strong, good and so on. What I am saying is that if I was to go to say India or Africa to a certain tribe that was not the least bit aware of my culture in the US it would be ridiculous to think that even if I learned the language but had no consideration for the culture and no matter how carefully I explained things there would be so much that they could not relate to.
But imagine they try and adopt my teachings applying them in their everyday life. And consider that those teachings are later passed on by locals who now attempt to fit them as best they can. The values I may have taught may have been very understood back in America, but in Africa they are not capable of understanding unless first the culture in America are understood.
Initially eastern cultures were matriarchal societies. Women were elevated above men in areas such as Spirituality and raising families and people management etc. The reason for that was plain- the monthly menses was a stark reminder that atonement by shedding blood for committed sin. The birthing was strong reminder of entry and death reminded them of sin consequences. All the everyday actives far out classed need for studies, as women learned without the need for books, yet they were not excluded in any way of owning businesses, possessions and property.
In fact the primo Madonna was Sarah the wife of Abraham who is the Proverbs woman that every woman can look to an an example of reaching perfection. Sarah was rich, intelligent, and very beautiful. She was also a greatest example of submissiveness. You may remember that she was also very prone to making mistakes. The best example was that she laughed in disbelief when promised a son in old age. She was FURTHER TESTED and she resorted to offering her maid servant to get impregnated and bear a son. This was actually a common practice and well accepted, but that was not what G_d had promised, and her action has results that we can see to this very day.
It was what any of us might have done- who would have the patience to wait for years and years - even after she was past child-bearing years?!? There is so much more in the scriptures than meets the eye- and I could go on a very great length about so m any of the fascinating events of this simple account. It was not that the women were not permitted to learn or go into the synagogues, but rather-why would they want to as that teaching was meant for males who need to be taught as that would be the only way for them as males to be able to.
A woman going into a men's place of teaching was considered undignified and completely unnecessary. Women already had a place of high honor. The cleansing Mikvas- a special bath was in fact an opportunity not unlike a spa. Complete with a facial, massage and was an event that was anticipated with great relish every month. It directly prepared the woman for a very delightful, scintillating event with her husband. Sex, sexuality was very honored and valued- just read the Song of Solomon!
. Sex was not sinful. Sex is meant to be a learning tool! --Again! it speaks to us about the passion and intimacy that G_d wants to have with all people. As humans we are most able to experience the most intensity furring love-making. So it is a perfect medium. There is nothing dirty about sex- it is pure, holy, and an act of worship. Knowing this will give you peace. Sex is not always correct however and to initiate sex with a child is dead wrong, as it is also wrong for other circumstances- for example when we cheat our partners, or withhold our sexuality for no good reasons. I am not going to explain the wrongness at length- I am sure you get the idea.
Sex for a Woman is really a great example of complete surrender – submission. - because most all orgasms happen only when you "let go". So in that case it is the ultimate submission and also a true act of worship.
To me- it makes perfect sense. I think that it is serendipitous!
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