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Running Head: PERSPECTIVE ON SEXUALITY 1 Sexuality Christine Yarnell Liberty University
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PERSPECTIVE ON SEXUALITY 2 Intimacy The Webster-Merriam dictionary defines intimacy as “ an intimate quality or state: such as emotional warmth and closeness; sexual relations; or something that is very personal and private” (Webster, 1993). Lori Gordon (2004) in her article Intimacy: The Art of Relationship writes that intimacy should involve emotional and physical closeness. When most people think about intimacy they probably think about sex but intimacy is a much deeper connection than sex. Intimacy is more of an emotional and spiritual connection as well as a physical connection. From the moment we are born we seek for a connection, a feeling of warmth from another individual “positive bonding is important from the cradle to the grave” (Balswick & Balswick, 2008). Intimacy whether sexual or non-sexual is established through a sense of “knowing” another individual, this happens through means of honest and deep communication. Christians seek a deeper connection with God through communication, they seek to feel intimate with God, to be known by their Heavenly Father; Psalms 139:23 says “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts” there is deep desire in us to be known and sought even from the One who created us. Friendships are an intimate relationship; friendships were individuals feel comfortable to talk about their inner feelings and thoughts without the fear of being judged or without guilt and shame. According to Balswick and Balswick (2008) shame is the main barrier to a true intimate relationship. In the sexual context, a couple can experience a deeper level of sexual connection when they are emotionally connected and have a committed love for each other (Balswick & Balswick, 2008). Abstinence before marriage
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PERSPECTIVE ON SEXUALITY 3 In today’s society sex has become such a commodity; it is something that is done for pleasure and fun. Many young adults and teenagers today are waiting less to have sex and longer to get married; unfortunately they are missing out on the blessings and the true pleasure of sex by not waiting until they are married to the person God has already prepared for them. In the bible we see from the very beginning that God created a woman for man and intended for them to be united before they consumed their marriage through sex. Genesis 2:24 says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” the two of them should become one through the act of sexual intercourse; the man will be united with his wife, from a Christian point of view sex should be consumed between two spouses but unfortunately that is not the case for most people today.
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