Sexuality and religion

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World Religions

Sexuality within Religious Beliefs

Human sexuality is the representation of behaviors that concern the need of satisfying sexual desire. It is the force that inspire us to express and show emotional feelings for another person also it is a natural stimulus for procreation.
Human sexuality can be the result of cultural background, intelligence, society, religion, personalpreferences, specie preservation, etc.

The relationship between religious and sexuality involves a “sexual morality” which is defined after religious values, principles and traditions. It varies between periods of time in history, civilizations and cultures around the world. Most of religious traditions come from another ancient religion that had influenced them.

Each religion has a differentsexual morality code that rules sexual activities and assigned values, functions and explanations to thoughts full of sexual content.

In the 60's a sexual revolution changed the traditional patrons of teens and young adults. Until then they just followed a number of rules imposed by religious beliefs and society.
By the 70's these changes got multiplied and the youth of this times freedthemselves of oppressive sexual traditional behaviors. The perception of the world and the new ways of life pushed many western religions to adapt and accept certain changes without compromising their beliefs.
Until modern times Western civilizations considered sex as a synonym of sin and even worse Religion authorities saw sex as a human weakness and matrimony as a necessary mean to procreate.Judaism:

Judaism states that sex drive shouldn't be suppressed, in the old Hebrew relates it is recognized that sexual activity is necessary to human life. In Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them: “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. The Jewishtradition understood these as a positive precept, men should spread and multiply, and Rabbis of Talmud belief that sex should be enjoyed too. This is why harmony within a married couple is essential and should be based on an attitude of mutual respect and consideration.
Judaism looks for a balance between extremes, on one hand states limits but avoids excessive discipline. Judaism considers sexualmoderation and self control as the essence of holiness in other words when men are able to control their sexual impulses sex can be a very beautiful and positive act. On the other hand immoral behaviors such incest, adultery, etc are great offenses against God and society and could lead to destroy individuals and society.

In Jewish Traditions, the importance of “life as a couple” goes back tobiblical times Genesis 2:18 – 2:22 where God creates a woman from a man in order to finish with his loneliness and give him a helper.
Later on Judaism recognizes the conjugal right of women but sexual activities were only a way to procreate.
There is no moral codes or laws in ancient times but the bible imposes punishments to rapists, seduction, orgies usually related to other groups, anddisapproved prostitution, sexual perversions, adultery and incest.
Religious legislations prohibited men wearing women's cloth or vice verse as well as sexual relations while women were in their periods. Leviticus 15:19 "'When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening”.
The Torah demandssexual abstinence during 7 days since bleeding starts, while the Talmud Rabbis states that the 7 days should start as soon as the period has finished which would lead us to 12 days of abstinence in total. To Orthodox Jews, women after the abstinence period should take a Mikvah or bath to clean themselves before having any sexual contact with their husbands.
According to the Kabbalah, men sexual...
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