Disclaimer: The subject of this post is human sexuality in the context of Christian belief. It is intended for mature audiences. If you are under the age of 18 you should have your parents read it and judge if it is appropriate for you to read. Parents, lighten up about this with your teens because quite frankly I am trying to undo a lot of Christian mistakes in informing and educating people about sex. You have been warned and encouraged, enter at your own risk. Also, I am by no means a sexual expert, just a guy who has been married to the same woman for 25 plus years and a pastor who has for what ever reason been exposed to a lot of sexual issues during his ministry. If you don’t find your answer here, keep searching there is probably someone out there that has it.
After my last post where I mentioned eastern religions, someone e-mailed me and asked about the Kama Sutra. The question was a simple one about whether or not it was valid for the expression of Christian sexuality but that is an extremely complicated question when it comes to answering it. There is no way a single post can suffice to answer this because the Kama Sutra covers far more than just sexual positions. There is more to it than that. This makes it a necessity to look at it in parts. So here is the introduction.
Most of the copies of the Kama Sutra have dedication in them that was placed their during the British Empire days of the Victorian era. The focus was to say the book was dedicated to those small numbers of people who were dedicated to study of the Far East. Most people however knew this was just a cover story as it was given ‘wink-wink’ to a happy couple on their wedding day more than once. In large part it was the only true sexual education for the time. It is much older than the British empire and has several parts that were written from the 4th to 2nd century BC and were finally compiled at that later stages of the second century BC. The original did not have illustrations but most copies do now that try to give an image to what is described.
It should be noted that the Kama Sutra covers more than sex. It also covers such topics as how to acquire a wife, the duties and privileges of the wife, discussions on other men’s wives and courtesans. There is a very heavy emphasis on sexuality for both pleasure and spirituality which has been something The Christian Marriage Bed has focused on from a Christian perspective but does that perspective and the Eastern one mesh and can we learn something from it?
Next week we will begin.