The story about bodies, sex, and God that nobody has told you. Or perhaps not in this way. To the powerful goes the storytelling. That is until……
So here, is an interesting perspective.
God is not prude.
Religion is fearful.
But God is not.
If one even goes with the story of creation as it is written in Hebraic text. I start there because that is the story of the culture I emerged out from.
Did you know?
Upon humanity was proclaimed, “VERY GOOD.”
Yes, and religious culture will say that is before the apple, the devil, the fall.
Again, just staying with the story.
Humanity was naked and unashamed.
PAUSE. Right there. That is the gift, the grace, the beauty from God to humanity. Humanity was naked and unashamed.
When after whatever event happens within the story, God comes walking in the cool of the garden.
“Who told you you were naked?”
Humanity covers up because a force, not god, shames them.
God… doesn’t shame.
Just saying…. God doesn’t shame.
Whatever story, whatever the space you believe or occupy; you can be certain of this GOD doesn’t shame. Not ever, and so if shame and guilt are present, it is NOT from God.
What then does God require?
Great question.. when having an opportunity to answer this, one of the ancient Hebraic prophets says this…
Oh man.. You want to know what God requires of you?
These three things:
That’s it. That is what, when asked what humanity needed to know; and later, fast forward, to the beginning of Christian things.. the law and the prophets summed up… Love the Lord your God, and LOVE each other as you Love yourself.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
So how did we get where we got? A lot of men, a lot of religious councils, a lot of control and power to be gained.
But… one of my all time favorite passages of Christian sacred text holds some of the greatest hopes for you and for me to go running and leaping and loving God and our bodies and each other…..
You should read the 23rd Chapter of the Book of Matthew. Jesus speaks woes to those who were practicing empty religious habits, he would do the same today. “For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” Mt23:4
I want you to read this, this is perhaps one of my most favorite versus of Christian sacred text. It is ascribed to Jesus and written in a translation called the Message. This is the litmus test in wonderment Mt 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
It doesn’t take being an expert in discernment to feel the difference between the heart beat of the true Spirit of God and the reality of religion.
One brings life.
One brings death.
I know this.. I know in who I have believed and I stand convinced more and more; the story of humanity and having a body is a profound one, a dignified one.
One who’s time has come to be more fully told……
So who told you, you were naked?
Who shamed you?
Who assaulted you and crippled you and threw too heavy weights upon you?
Because, I know … beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was not God.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
Perfect love casts out all fear.
May you stand fearless in freedom, claiming and reclaiming your body, discovering and exploring pleasure and desire, finding your expression and expanding into it all the more….
I know sacred text. But, beyond sacred text; I know the heart beat of God. Love is at the core of all things. Period.