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I read Pastor Dan Nichols’ illuminating words about God and sex, and I would like to offer my thoughts.


I do not believe God created sex. I do believe God created humans in the image and likeness of God, a God who is compassionate, loving, unbounded by human interpretations.


Nor do I believe God is male, but one who gave life to this planet (and possibly others) in the fullness of God’s being, which encompasses female and male.


Nor do I believe that sexuality is limited to female-male relationships, which denies a God who is capable of creating all of us in the embrace of divine love. Who am I to know the mind of God and speak as if I knew exactly what God means about human relationships?


Nor do I believe that God wrote the Bible. Humans wrote the words, and selected of the canons of the Bible, in response to the understanding of creator/created. Song of Songs, in particular, is a collection of poems – erotic, human poems – that tell of longing, desire and love. These poems were popular in Egypt and Mesopotamia. They might have been used as part of a liturgy to worship goddess-god relationship, but were adapted by the Israelites to express human desire, and further interpreted to identify the relationship of Israel and God.


Nor do I believe sex is a substitute for love. People can buy and sell sex. People can have sex with no emotional attachment. People can force others into sex. Love is a gift; there may or may not be sex in a loving relationship.


I do agree that sex is everywhere. Sex sells, as this is a strong marketing message captured for use in your faith tradition.


In my faith tradition, we do not market, but invite others to deepen their relationship with God by offering a worship tradition that is ancient – dating back to the reading of Scripture as Jesus knew it – as well as the addition of sharing in the body and blood of Christ. We invite people to pray, live as a community alive in God’s love, and to embrace the world as it is. All are welcome, affirmed, loved and full of God’s grace.


Rev. Lou Divis


Rector


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church


Tunkhannock


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