God’s Purposes of Sex
Sex scandals are everywhere in America and Britain today. For many people, sex is a curse—wrecking marriages and damaging children for the rest of their lives. That is because the world is completely blind to God’s purposes of sex.
The Greek philosopher Socrates was a sex pervert. He taught Plato, who founded the school-based educational system. Modern society adheres to Plato’s writings on sex. Is it any wonder that sex scandals abound?
Herbert W. Armstrong authored the greatest book about sex of all time: The Missing Dimension in Sex. “Now comes the big truth!” he wrote. “Sex was designed and created in humans for purposes other than reproduction—for purposes totally foreign to animal or plant life! But the world has continued in unhappy and wretched ignorance of these glorious and God-bestowed purposes!”
Look around. It is plain to see that humans have sex for reasons other than just reproduction. Some of these reasons are perverse and should be avoided altogether—or sex scandals may result.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. … And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:26-28, 31).
God created us male and female; He created two types of sex apparatuses. He called this creation “very good”! There is nothing shameful about sex, if used the way that God intended.
The brilliant, dazzling angels can’t reproduce (Matthew 22:30). Why is it, then, that humans can reproduce after the “image” (character) and “likeness” (appearance) of God?
In Missing Dimension in Sex, Mr. Armstrong wrote:
Now reproduction, merely as such, is, of course, common to animals and plants, as well as humans. But, in humans, reproduction has a sacred and God-plane meaning not applicable to any other kind of life! … [T]here is deep, spiritually transcendent meaning in human begettal, gestation and birth that raises it to an altogether and incomparably higher plane than mere animal reproduction. Human children are begotten through sex. And that very begettal, period of gestation and birth of a human baby gives us the very picture of the spiritual salvation and gift of eternal life made possible through Jesus Christ!
Humans are not animals! We are heirs of God! Satan works overtime to hide God’s purposes of sex from the world because they point to our salvation.
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4-6).
Reproduction is the first and most obvious purpose of sex. In rebuking the Pharisees, Jesus Christ revealed the second purpose of sex: to be an expression of love between a man and a woman in marriage. “For what cause shall a man marry?” Mr. Armstrong asked. “Because God made them male and female—because God created sex. Sex did not evolve, without intelligence or purpose!” (ibid).
God ordained the institution of marriage. If reproduction were the only purpose of sex, no marriage would be necessary. Not everyone waits to get married before having children; children are born out of wedlock all the time. Animals don’t marry, but they certainly reproduce.
The Communist Party in the ussr was anti-family. Soviet leaders experimented with abolishing marriage, which turned out horribly, as you might expect. The modern Communist movement promotes family breakdown as a tactic to undermine and destroy America!
Our leading educators, scientists and psychologists believe in evolution—an unprovable hypothesis that is anti-God in every way. They do not know the origin and purposes of sex. They have no clue why marriage even exists. They reject the Bible and rely instead on human reasoning, which leads only to disaster. The world is now on the edge of nuclear destruction as a result of our reliance on human intellect instead of the Almighty God.
Physical conception is a type of receiving the Holy Spirit. Physical gestation is a type of God’s chosen people being nurtured and protected inside the one true Church until the return of Jesus Christ. Physical birth is a type of our coming transition from mortal flesh to immortal sons of God. Human family is a type of the God Family. Human marriage is a type of the coming spiritual marriage between Jesus Christ and God’s loyal saints who do His Work today (Ephesians 5:22-33). (Read The Missing Dimension in Sex to learn more about these inspiring parallels.)
Mr. Armstrong wrote in this greatest sex book:
So grasp this colossal truth, if you can! Here is the greatest truth you can ever know! Man, and man only, of all life forms God has created, can be born into the God Family—the Kingdom of God! Animals have never been given family relationship. Angels have never enjoyed family status. The family relationship is a God-plane relationship—not an angel-plane relationship. And God bestowed it on man! Because man is to be born into the God Family. Of all life forms—whether plant, animal or angel in all God’s creation, man alone was created for marriage—for home, and family life!
Only humans can become begotten and later born as God’s children. God is our Father. Christ is our Husband. This is all about family! Angels, as magnificent as they are, have never had the opportunity to be actual born sons of God! (Hebrews 1:5).
The problems on Earth caused by sex are really the result of broken laws. God’s laws on sex are invisible, like the law of gravity. You can’t defy gravity!
Sex brings abundant love into our marriages. A common theme in nearly every recent sex scandal is male cruelty—brute selfishness. Men must be willing to die for their wives! (Ephesians 5:25). That’s the ultimate unselfishness.