The God of ethical monotheism is the God first revealed to the world in the Hebrew Bible. Through it, we can establish God's four primary characteristics: Dropping any one of the first three attributes invalidates ethical monotheism it is possible, though difficult, to ignore holiness and still lead an ethical life.
Why Judaism and then Christianity Rejected Homosexuality Dennis Prager When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development.
The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity.
This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle.
It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriageand began the arduous task of elevating the status of women. Throughout the ancient world, and up to the recent past in many parts of the world, sexuality infused virtually all of society.
Human sexuality, especially male sexuality, is polymorphous, or utterly wild far more so than animal sexuality. Men have had sex with women and with men; with little girls and young boys; with a single partner and in large groups; with total strangers and immediate family members; and with a variety of domesticated animals.
There is little, animate or inanimate, that has not excited some men to orgasm. De-sexualizing God and Religion Among the consequences of the unchanneled sex drive is the sexualization of everything — including religion. Unless the sex drive is appropriately harnessed not squelched — which leads to its own destructive consequenceshigher religion could not have developed.
Thus, the first thing Judaism did was to de-sexualize God: This was an utterly radical break with all other religions, and it alone changed human history. The gods of virtually all civilizations engaged in sexual relations. In Egyptian religion, the god Osiris had sexual relations with his sister, the goddess Isis, and she conceived the god Horus.
In Canaan, El, the chief god, had sex with Asherah. In Hindu belief, the god Krishna was sexually active, having had many wives and pursuing Radha; the god Samba, son of Krishna, seduced mortal women and men.
In Greek beliefs, Zeus married Hera, chased women, abducted the beautiful young male, Ganymede, and masturbated at other times; Poseidon married Amphitrite, pursued Demeter, and raped Tantalus. In Rome, the gods sexually pursued both men and women.
Given the sexual activity of the gods, it is not surprising that the religions themselves were replete with all forms of sexual activity. In the ancient Near Fast and elsewhere, virgins were deflowered by priests prior to engaging in relations with their husbands, and sacred or ritual prostitution was almost universal.
Psychiatrist and sexual historian Norman Sussman describes the situation thus: In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Canaan, annual ceremonial intercourse took place between the king and a priestess.
Women prostitutes had intercourse with male worshippers in the sanctuaries and temples of ancient Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Cyprus, Corinth, Carthage, Sicily, Egypt, Libya, West Africa, and ancient and modern India.W hen Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world.
The Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. A fourth Christian teenager has been arrested in Pakistan on charges of violating blasphemy law after he allegedly burnt a Koran, the British Pakistani Christian Association reported on Tuesday.
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Sources: Dennis Prager 1 The New York Review of Books, April 25, 2 George Will, "Churches in Politics Pray for Skepticism," Los Angeles Times, May 13, Dennis Prager, one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts, has been broadcasting in Los Angeles since Dennis Prager's popular show became nationally syndicated in and airs.