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|This is the Mantis Society's Philosophy section. This is an independent understanding of god unassociated with an other religion.
His Eminence, Mantis, has been teaching his understanding of god since 1980. He has dealt with people from all walks of life, as his teachings discuss.
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Sexual MoralityThe question is what is the line between right and wrong when it comes to sex?
The answer is very complicated. It comes in a myriad of intricate levels. The key point is consensual ability. This is the factor that creates the complexity. When are you able to be able to fully consent to sex? This means the ability to handle all the details that come along with the action.
First, you must be aware of the ramifications of your action. These include: pregnancy, disease, and the emotional burden of Love. This may not sound romantic, but so is life. In a moral sense, two people should not enter into a physical relationship until a certain level of trust and Love is achieved. How do you know when this occurs? This is a burdensome question, and the hardest one to answer. Thus, society has set an age for one to arbitrarily gain the magic ability to consent to the physical end of a relationship.
Sex is a key component to life. Without it, none of us would be here, nor would we have the ability to continue. In this factor, we come upon the point of "ability to maintain a new life". This is a great responsibility, the ultimate responsibility of life, in actuality.
Let me go back a few steps. In the realm of god's morality, as I understand it, the instant a man and woman enter into an act which is possible to crate life, they are married.
What about those actions which are sexual, but not able to create life? Oral sex becomes the key point of this discussion. There are those that say oral sex is immoral. I disagree. It is a component of our basic instinct. Our senses define our existence. Oral stimulation, taste, is a great factor in this realm. A secondary factor is the intimate contact of the action itself. This is combined with the physical pleasure that one offers to the recipient of the action. In this vein, yes, it is a moral action.
The questions involved with it now are: when is it appropriate to do, and must you be married? I say it is appropriate when to people have gained a great deal of trust in each other. Therefore, the second part becomes, no! While you marriage is not a requirement to do this, you are required to be responsible. While one may not get pregnant through such actions, the factors of disease and emotion connect come into play.
I think the best statement for this is, wait until you have an establish relationship. This does not mean that one must be in a relationship that will lead to marriage, just that a secure relationship exists. Two friends may engage in this act of intimacy, but only when the lines of emotional commitment are firmly understood.
As for the aspect of disease, both parties should be open and unquestioning in the securing of knowledge of safety. Mutual testing is a very good idea. To ask your potential friend to get a test should not be answered with any reluctance. The standard response statement, "if you Loved me you would trust me", is an automatic red flag. Given this, when is one ready to consent to sex?
Well, certain not with this limited knowledge. Relationships must be developed. Time must be invested. Yes, the need for sex is great in humans.
Within the realm of the homosexual relationships, the primary factor of pregnancy is virtually removed. I will contain this message to the factors of sexual consent and responsibility.
As with a heterosexual relationship, disease and emotional connection are key issues in choosing a partner in a physical relationship. Since disease is a very well discussed subject in today’s society, I will simply say, GET TESTED!
Now, this leads us to the question of Love vs. friendship. Since the physical actions of sex at all levels of a homosexual relationship are not able to produce life, are there any limits to a pre-marriage relationship?
Yes, always. The sub factors involved with the psychological connections of sex are the same as with heterosexual relationships. The basic design of the human mind keeps our needs and wants in separate areas. What you need, physically, is of relatively minor concern. Your bodies will acquire its needs. Sex is not a requirement! The body will, in men, release its pressure, as it needs. The overt subconscious need for intimacy is often confused with sexual desire.
Being all that has been said so far, I think it will only take a little more to get the idea of this across.
Whether one is homosexual or heterosexual the factors of love, trust, and commitment are the same. These are the factors that one must adhere to in the eyes of god.
I will also say that in the full concept of open and honest Love, sexual activity between two consenting adults should be able to occur at any time the feeling arises. This means any place as well.
There can be no shame in Love. A commitment between two people is a commitment to society. The act of Love is a beautiful and natural act that one should be able to experience without hesitation.
These notions are outlines, as specific details alter slightly according to the individuals involved.
One final note, between two mutually consenting adults, any action that gives each of them pleasure is acceptable.
Thank you for your interest and may god protect you.