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Is Sex Morally Permissible Religious Views It has been said that the two most powerful drives in a human besides the practical need for food and shelter are sex and religion The sexual urge is strong in nearly everyone as advertisers of everything from chocolates to cars can tell you and the urge to worship the divine by whatever name is also strongly present in many In early religions and Neo-Paganism sex was celebrated as an affirmation of life It was felt to be a foundational part of the order of the world and of human nature Therefore separating it from religion was unthinkable and a kind of contradiction in terms Many who followed the teachings of Jesus were converts from Pagan religions that used heterosexual and homosexual activities as a means of worship Religious Fundamentalists argue that sexual acts outside a marriage are immoral-even then sex is only to be used as a means for procreation and is not meant to be thoroughly enjoyed Homosexuality according to them is an abomination that has always been condemned in the Bible Fundamentalists are so devout in their religions they become blinded to any other interpretation of the Bible other than the literal views they believe If this were not so they might be more open to the fact that the words homosexual and homosexuality were not part of the Hebrew or Greek languages because they were not coined until the 19th century Therefore it is impossible that the original scriptures contained words pertaining to something that did not exist Such narrow-minded and hypocritical convictions cause the Fundamentalists to show a hardness of heart to love compassion and service towards othersaspects that other religions embrace as their highest priorities Reverend Peter Gomes strives to teach groups like Fundamentalists not to interpret the Bible literallyespecially when abusing passages to condemn issues such as homosexuality He asks of people when reading the Bible to ask not only
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