WORLD FUTURE FUND
THE BIBLE AND SEX
THE GRIM RESULTS OF SICK RELIGIOUS IDEAS
FOR WOMEN, GAYS AND THE WHOLE WORLD
The view of sex in the Bible is not a traditional value. For thousands of years before Christianity, sexuality was celebrated as a natural life force. Gay people were free to be themselves. Women played major roles in religion as goddesses. In particular, female sexuality was celebrated by powerful goddesses of fertility like Venus and Aphrodite.
In 395 AD a once obscure religious cult seized power in the Roman Empire, and everything changed. The greatest wave of religious mass murder and persecution in history was unleashed on the world. Until just the last hundred years their laws mandated the mass murder of all gays, the persecution of all other religions and the creation of a patriarchy where women were stripped of their rights and mandated by law to serve men and the church.
We are not saying today that all Christians are bad. No. However, the legacy of the very malevolent aspects of the Bible remain. In Africa, today, for example, gays are not only persecuted by the state but even subject to death in some nations dominated by Christianity.
What follows is a brief overview of problems in the Bible and some very grim results of those ideas, particularly in terms of human health.
TROUBLING QUOTES FROM THE BIBLE
THE DEATH PENALTY FOR HOMOSEXUALITY
"If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death." Leviticus 20:13
LAWS ABOUT THE SUBMISSION OF WOMEN
"I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She is to keep silent." (I Timothy: 2:12)
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." (Ephesians 5:22-24)
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." (I Corinthians 14:34-35)
"A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." —Official statement of Southern Baptist Convention, summer 1998 (15.7 million members)
"The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes." —Martin Luther, Reformer (1483-1546)
BANNING ALL SEX OUTSIDE OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
Put to death therefore what is earthly in such as sexual immorality, impurity and passion. I Thessalonians 4:3
Sexual immorality must not even be named among you. Ephesians 5:3
Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:13-14
The body is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord. I Corinthians 6:13
BIBLICAL AUTHORIZATION FOR THE MURDER OF SEXUALLY ACTIVE
HOSTILITY TO THE VERY BASICS OF SEXUALITY
"If a man marries in order to have children, he ought not to have a sexual desire for his wife. He ought to produce children by a reverent, disciplined act of will." Clement of Alexandria
"Do you imagine that we approve of any sexual intercourse except for the procreation of children? He who is too ardent a lover of his own wife is an adulterer." "Saint" Jerome (347 – 420). "Saint" Jerome was the person who created the first official version of the Bible.
EUNUCHS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD
"It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband....Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am." (Corinthians 7:1-16)
"For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others--and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it." (Matthew 19:12)
"'For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb; and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men; and there are eunuchs which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake.' Again, also by this word of the angel the gift of continency is set forth, and virginity is preached:" (Cyprian of Carthage Treatise 2 par 4 (200-270 ad))
SHOULD YOU GO TO JAIL FOR ORAL OR ANAL SEX?
TRADITIONAL AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LAWS SAY YES
MAP OF U.S. SODOMY LAWS
Not only are there people who want to impose the biblical sexual morality, but in America, many biblical rules WERE the law until the 1970's. And even still, there are states with laws against oral and anal sex.
There are also politicians waging a vigorous campaign to protect and promote these laws. In 2013, Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for the Governor of Virginia in 2013 tried to make oral sex illegal (Huffington Post).
If that isn't already insane, in the states of Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas, it is legal to make love to a corpse, but not to engage in oral and anal sex with the living (Gawker).
OFFICIAL PERSECUTION OF GAYS IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE TODAY
As we mentioned earlier, Biblical law calls for the death of all gay people: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death." Leviticus 20:13
Now there is a tide of homophobia in Africa, leading to the death and brutal oppression of homosexuals in multiple nations around the African continent. The most extreme situation is the countries that have the death penalty for gay sex. Much of this legislation has been fed by evangelical activity from America.
SEX LAWS AGAINST GAYS
AMERICA'S RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE ON RELIGIOUS HATE FOR GAYS
How (White) American Evangelicals Fund Anti-Gay Hate and Violence in Africa (America Blog, 1-23-13)
Why is there such hostility towards gays? Much of the rhetoric about homosexuality from modern day church fathers certainly isn't helping.
“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals." Jerry Falwell
"Of course we love them" [the gays and lesbians] "but we should love them enough to warn them that if they don't repent and turn from their sin...they will spend eternity in hell." - Franklin Graham
"[Homosexuals] want to come into churches and disrupt church services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the face of ministers." --Pat Robertson on the 700 Club, January 18, 1995 - People for the American Way
"Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America."--Jerry Falwell, according to the Christian Alliance for Progress
MODERN AMERICA - A SEXUAL TRAIN WRECK
SHOULD SICK RELIGIOUS VIEWS PUT CHILDREN IN DANGER?
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY PREVENTS CHILDREN FROM GETTING A REAL EDUCATION.
LEADS TO THE SPREAD OF DISEASE, DELUSION AND DEATH
The bible is a book that claims a woman became pregnant as a virgin. Should this book really be considered a 'text book' for real lessons about sexuality and the body? Should the people who interpret this book as the literal word of God be in charge of what your children learn about sex in school?
Keeping children in the dark about sex is not just irresponsible, but it is dangerous. America has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and STIs in the developed world. Is our puritanical agenda working? We think not.
AMERICA IS NUMBER ONE...
IN TEEN PREGNANCY RATES (IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD)
AMERICA IS ALSO NUMBER ONE IN SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
(SOURCE: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)
WHY DOES AMERICA LEAD THE WORLD IN TEEN PREGNANCY AND STI'S?
A KEY PROBLEM IS THE LACK OF COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION IN AMERICA
The above map is just one example of disheartening information about the status of sex education in our country. In the red-colored states, there is no law requiring sex education, so one can only imagine the type of misinformation that a student might learn about sex in one of these locations. Some of the marked states above, including Texas, state that if sex education is provided by the school system, it must include information on abstinence, but not a thing about contraception. That explains why in 2008, Texas was ranked number 3 out of 51 states as having the third-highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country (Office of Adolescent Health).
The majority of U.S. states do not require medically
accurate education about sex or HIV, meaning that the majority of our
youth are at major risk not just for unplanned pregnancies and harmful
STI's, but also death. It comes as no surprise, seeing as many
politicians and religious groups would rather deny the effectiveness of
condoms in the prevention of HIV than to actually teach kids how to use
them - and how a condom could possibly help save their lives.
RELIGIOUS OPPRESSION OF WOMEN
The bible has a plan for women, and it is this: shut up and learn to love your chains.
A TROUBLING HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION
The wave of terror unleashed since Rome's conversion to Christianity in 395 A.D.
More troubling quotes.