Topic: Sex In Religions

Issue: Religion Allows People "Keep Their Heads On Their Shoulders".

Why is there religion? Why is it important? Why should we even care anymore? Have you ever been strucked by these questions? Questioning whether to care anymore? But when your in a situation when you feel lost and not knowing what else to do, where do you turn to? For most people this is where religion comes into the picture. Religion plays a big role in our lives. Though some may not see it, when you really think about it religion gives us guidance, security, hope, and much more. My title "keep their head on their shoulders" basically is a saying my mother would aways say to me whenever I'd do something stupid. I never really understood what she meant until I grew old enough to fully understand. By saying keep my head on my shoulders she meant that I need to get my priorities straight and eyes fixed and focused on my life and living it right. She meant that I need to let go of all my childish doings and grow up. In life no one really has the answers to everything and how to live it in a way where there's no problems and stress. But when I feel down and don't know what's next I look to what I believe in for guidance and it really does help (I can honestly say many others agree). Like for example sex.

Judaism:
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"In Jewish law, sex is not considered shameful, sinful or obscene. Sex is not thought of as a necessary evil for the sole purpose of procreation. Although sexual desire comes from the yetzer ra (the evil impulse), it is no more evil than hunger or thirst, which also come from the yetzer ra. Like hunger, thirst or other basic instincts, sexual desire must be controlled and channeled, satisfied at the proper time, place and manner. But when sexual desire is satisfied between a husband and wife at the proper time, out of mutual love and desire, sex is a mitzvah (good deed)."
-This basically it explains itself. In Judaism, sex is not bad if shared between two people who are happily married and in love both wanting to do it. In that, it is positive that both are ready to experience and share the bond physically and emotionally.

Buddhism:

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"Do not indulge in sexual misconduct" or "Do not misuse sex."
-This is what is said in their sacred text called Pali. In the religion buddhism has a lot to say about sex and things it's people should or shouldn't do. In this article is explains how monks are not allowed to enagage in any sexual activiy or even give a female a flirtatious compliment for they are known to be 'holy'. When they say don't misuse sex it means don't have sex for your own entertainment or selfish reasons for someone will get hurt. You should have sex because you want to share such an experience with the one you love so then it will be special and not a waste of time. Then it will have true essence to it.

Sikhism:
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"Sex has to be limited to married couples and pre-marital (before marriage) or extra-marital (outside marriage) sex is forbidden...
The married relationship is summed up in the phrase ‘one soul in two bodies’, so being faithful to a husband or wife is central to Sikh life... Some Sikhs believe that it is a great virtue to deny themselves sexual intercourse in order to concentrate on divine love..."
-In Sikhism they have specific laws that having sex before marriage is not allowed or compromised of for sex is something that should be special. In order for that to be, it must be done by two people who are willing to spend the rest of their lives together. Though sex should be a special experience many forget that and only do it to please their pleasure. In that most are forgetting the true essence and the beautiful side of having sex with the one you love. That is why in the religion Sikhism they limited to when they should or shouldn't have sex. Therefore one or the other won't lose touch or confused to what making love really is.

All of these example religions have their own views of sex and how it should be conducted. Yet their views all tie together when it comes to when and why it should be done. One can see that they all agree that sex should be done after marriage with the one you plan to spend the rest of your life with because they say it a special moment that should be shared and cherished between the two love ones. This is true to many people. What some don't understand is that sex is also an emotional experience and if done in the wrong way at the wrong time it can effect the two badly and I believe no one needs that. Like for example the shows 16 and pregnant or just a problem that you have internally. If pushed and pressure to have sex once after it's done one may have different emotions that can be stressful and mess up the person's future depending if he/she allows it too. That is why these rules are listed within these religion, to prevent such things or even worser than that from happening. All religions simply have a set of law/rules laid out only for the followers to reach perfection in life. So they won't have much worries or stress while living on Earth, "keeping their heads on their shoulders".

Sources:

Judaism
-"Judaism 101: Kosher Sex." Judaism 101: Kosher Sex. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.jewfaq.org/sex.htm>.
-"Sex in Judaism." About.com Judaism. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://judaism.about.com/od/sexinjudaism/a/sex.htm>.

-"Preface." Buddhism and Sex. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/walshe/wheel225.html>.

Buddhism

-"Sex And Buddhism." About.com Buddhism. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/a/sexbuddhism.htm>.
Sikhism
-BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/relationships/sikhloveandsexrev1.shtml>.
-"Sex and Sikhism." Sex and Sikhism. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://www.sikhcoalition.org/about-sikhs/sikh-theology/sex-and-sikhism>.