Wednesday, April 25, 2007

SEX GOD...Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of SEX GOD is titled Angels and Animals. Here Rob takes us on a trip of extremes that we often find ourselves in. Rob covers the subjects of humans acting like animals and like angels, and what that means.

In the animal part of the chapter Rob speaks about the temptation of ignoring our conscience or sense of higher purpose, sacrificing what it means to be human, which leads people to act much like animals, satisfying their basic urges. Rob suggests that its more then 'food for the stomach' there is more to being human then just satisfying the natural cravings whether its food or sex. He reminds the reader of the challenge that Apostle Paul has in this first letter to the Corinthians: " can they live for a higher purpose than just fulfilling their urges?" Rob suggests that this 'stomach for the food' view is still dominant today and the problem with it is its rooted in a low view of human nature. Assumption is that people will gratify their urges anyways they can't help themselves so whats the point. Some even view it as freedom, yet what it really teaches is that we are much like animals...

In the Angel part of the chapter, Rob asserts that if being like animal and giving into everything is not human and wrong also being an angel and withholding everything from one is also a wrong extreme. Both are missing being human. Rob covers a conversation one had with Hugh Hefner the founder and owner of Playboy, who talks about being raised in a family which was Prohibitionist, Puritan ... never hugged, no touch, no kiss...nothing...Hugh comments: "Mom, you couldn't have done it any better. And because of the things you weren't able to do, it set me on a course that changed my life and the world." Rob continues: "In reaction to denial, people often head to the other end of the spectrum, which is indulgence. The pendulum swings. But we were created to live in the tension. And when you lose the tension, you lose something central to what it means to be human."

After explaining the problems with both sides Rob says: " When we deny the spiritual dimension to our existence, we end up living like animals. And when we deny physical, sexual dimension to our existence, we end up living like angels. And both ways are destructive, because God made us human."

Rob concludes explaining that people when faced with a tension often want a formula to set things right so the tension goes away, Rob says that in fact the more human we act and realize what that means the more we will understand how to live in the tension, knowing that sex is a gift and is GOOD, when not lived out as an animal, in the same breath our spiritual connection and godliness matters and is GOOD, when not lived out in ignorance to something that is very real like sex and affection... So there it is Angels and Animals, "there are these two extremes, denying our sexuality or being driven by it, and then there's the vast space in between."

I extremely enjoyed this chapter, I like the tension that Rob speaks about, I like the idea that the world is not finished that we are part of creating and growing it, I like the fact that he talks about being human is being made in the image of God that our body is the temple of God. I think one sentence that I have known and believe for some reason jumped out at me and stuck with me this entire chapter the fact that if we are a temple of the Holy Spirit this holy place is us where heaven and earth meet, and this is a big part of what it means to be human to be made in the image of God, and there are these tensions that drive and pulls us in every direction, and the extremes are often dangerous. And so "The marks of someone who has experienced significant growth in their soul is their ability to live in the midst of tension." Spiritual and physical both pulling...and this is the tension, and it is good, it is being human...living to learn to live in the vast middle...fully human...

2 comments:

Timothy Nightingale said...

I don't get your picture

Paul Morgun said...

It's too deep to understand