From a purely biological point of views, sexual intercourse is one of the many functions of the human body just like respiration, eating, walking, etc. Nature's purpose of sexual intercourse is to guarantee reproduction of the human species. When a woman is fertile, there is a good chance that the semen of the man will fertilize one or more of her eggs after sexual intercourse. As a result, a new human being will be born after a gestation period of about nine months. In animals, copulation is limited to the heat period of the female. Human beings, in contrast, can copulate any time, even when the woman is not fertile. The frequency may vary and depends on a large number or factors which are analyzed in special literature on the subject. Human beings are one of the few in the animal kingdom that copulate for pleasure.

Sexual intercourse can be an extremely pleasant experience for both man and woman. When both reach orgasm, very strong feelings and physical satisfaction result. Medical experts report that sexual intercourse is beneficial because it is a positive influence on the wellbeing of a couple. By making sexual intercourse such a pleasant experience , nature has guaranteed that human reproduction occurs. Nature does not worry about morality, ethics or principles. If a human body is hungry it looks for food, if its bladder is full if urinates, if it is tired it sleeps and if it feels a sexual urge it will try to find a partner in order to fulfill that need.

After this analysis of the purely biological or physical side of human sexual behavior, one may ask the question:

~ What does religion have to do with it?

~ Why do some religions make such a fuss about the sexual behavior of their priests,

Nuns and adherents?

~ Why don't they let their people enjoy sex?

Let us first look at the attitudes of the Hindu religion which takes a rather progressive view of sexuality. One of the Hindu's sacred scriptures, the Kama Sutra, was written by Vatsyayana about 1600 years ago. It is still the unsurpassed guide to erotic love. From aphrodisiacs to special touches, from the endless varieties of kisses to orgasm-delaying techniques, the Kama Sutra is an essential and practical guide to the "most ancient of arts". During my youth, translations of the Kama Sutra were only sold under the counter because it was pornography. Personally, I would not hesitate to give a copy of the Kama Sutra as a birthday present to a teenager because I think it gives, in poetic language, excellent 'hands on' information on sexuality. A complete and unexpurgated edition (1966) is published by Berkley Publishing Corporation, .

Some Buddhist and Hindu sects consider prolonged sexual intercourse without ejaculation of the male (maithuna) an excellent exercise for experiencing higher levels of consciousness and oneness (Tantra).

In some Hindu temples sculptures of human copulation are used as decoration. In other Hindu temples the lingam (penis) and the yoni (vagina) are symbols of worship. Hindu women as a ritual offer incense and flowers to the lingam, the emblem of the God Siva in phallic form.

Notwithstanding all this glasnost vis-à-vis the sexual act, at least 95% of Hindu women are still virgins when they marry. Adultery and sexual relations outside of marriage are rare because of the way life in Hindu society is organized. In contrast to Christian and Southeast Asian countries, there is relatively little prostitution in India and .

As a next step we will look at Buddhism. According to the Tripitaka:

~ One if the five basic precepts (rules of ethics) for moral restrain is "not to commit adultery"

~ "Sense desire" is one of the five hindrances to understanding one's own mind; and

~ "Sense pleasures" are considered as attachments.

Please note that Buddhism only talks about "not to commit adultery" and not about sexuality as a whole. Their statements about sense desire and pleasures not only relate to sex, but are very broad and cover all the desires, pleasures and attachments to the materialistic and hedonistic consumer society.

"Most religions avoid sex, but in Buddhism, you have to confront sexual desires to achieve wisdom" (Korean movie director Jang Sun Woo)

However, in Taoism the practice of Fang-Chun Shu (art of the bedroom) is recommended. It promotes longevity by avoiding ejaculation during coitus.

In and other oriental countries, illicit sex is not associated with sin, like in countries with the Judeo-Christian tradition. In oriental countries, decency, correctness and "saving face" are more important.

In the majority of Muslim countries, women are treated as second-hand citizens, contrary to basic human rights principles. Women have to prove that they were virgins before marriage by showing the bed-sheets to their in-laws after marriage has been consummated. According to Islamic law (Shariah), adultery is a capital crime, punished by stoning the woman and the man to death.

Apart from Islam, which still has medieval rules, the Roman Catholic Church is the most extreme system in its attitudes toward sexual behavior. When I was a young boy the subject of sex was simply taboo. Some priests went so far as to characterize sex as filthy or dirty. Information about sex had to be picked up in the street because neither parents not priests nor the teachers in the school were mentally prepared to deal with the subject. Literature on sexual matters did not officially exist because it was considered pornography.

As far as sex outside of marriage is connected, there are three acts to consider: (1) sexual intercourse, (2) birth control and (3) abortion.

The attitude of the Roman Catholic Church is that all three acts are morally wrong and are capital sins (indulging in any of these result in going to hell). The church rules that abstinence from sexual activities is the only alternative for those who are not married. This is, of course, in flagrant opposition to the laws of the nature.

I personally think that in order to avoid pregnancy in sexual relations outside marriage, the semen should not have any chance to fertilize the egg(s). Practical steps to prevent this are described in detail in birth control manuals. I am also of the opinion that in case an undesired pregnancy occurs, the woman involved is the only person who should make the final decision whether to abort or not. She should of course consult the father, her parents, her physician, her spiritual advisor or any other person(s) she thinks could be of help. Nobody else, even a judge or a priest, can take co-responsibility in whether she commits a major sin or not. Assuming, of course, that sin exists, which is very doubtful, at least in my personal opinion? I would rather call sin an error, a lost opportunity or a waste of time!

The Roman Catholic Church is presently in a controversial position because medical authorities recommend that condoms are used in sexual intercourse as prevention against AIDS, while is against the use of condoms under any circumstances.

~ Does the Roman Catholic Church want their adherents to be infected by the AIDS virus?

~ Does the RC Church wants to add to a major sin which leads to eternal burning in hell( if not confessed), the traumatic process of dying from AIDS in this life?

The use of condoms has become has become a controversial subject, particularly in the where one advertisement in a periodical asked the rhetorical question: "The Bible may save your soul, but this (electronically tested) condom will save your life."

A study compiled by A.W. Richard Sipe, a retired Roman Catholic priest, psychotherapist and lecturer in family therapy at and presented at the 1990 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association has finally broken the taboo of publishing information about the sexual behavior of US RC priests. The major conclusions of his study, concluded from 1960 to 1985, and involving approximately 1500 people, are the following:

~ Up to one third of the RC priests in he are active sexually, either in heterosexual or homosexual relationships, and only two percent can be said to be truly celibate.

~ At any one time, 20 percent of those pledged to celibacy, a requirement for RC priests, are involved in rather well-defined non-celibate relationships with a woman or have a clear pattern of heterosexual behavior.

~ As many as 23 percent have to be identified as having a homosexual orientation and half of that group is active sexually.

~ Six percent of priests were sexually involved with children or minors, mainly boys.

It may be concluded that certain advantages of the celibate status of priests, monks and nuns are outweighed by the pressure of nature. As in all other Christian religions, the celibacy requirement should be changed from obligatory to voluntary.

As far as the reality of life concerned, it is further estimated that 70% of the Roman Catholics in the industrialized countries neglect the rules of regarding sexual behavior and live as they see fit.

The Presbyterian (Protestant) Church in the has recognized that the sexual mores in that country do not reflect Christian standards of morality and has nominated a committee to look into this discrepancy. This committee, consisting of 17 ministers, academics and health professionals, recently published its report entitled "Keeping Body and Soul Together". Fundamental to the committee's argument is the assumption that sexual gratification is a human need and right that ought not be limited to heterosexual spouses or bound by "conventional" morality. The committee recommends that the church adopt a new ethic that honors but does not restrict sexual activity to marriage. Sexual relations should be measured on the basis of 'mutuality, honesty, consent and fidelity', all elements of what the committee defines as 'justice love'. What is important, the report says, is not 'rules about who sleeps with whom,' but 'whether the relation is responsible, the dynamics genuinely mutual and the loving full of joyful caring.'

'Newsweek' of May 6, 1991 (on which the above information is based) is rather pessimistic about the adoption of the report by the church's General Assembly. Newsweek concludes that: 'whichever side prevails, the Presbyterians have ate least he courage to grapple with the changes in the nation's sexual habit.' (The General Assembly of the Presbyterian church has not adopted the above report, 1998)

Looking at the attitudes of the rest of the world of Christianity toward the sexual behavior of their followers would be too involved. There is a spectrum of attitudes of and very liberal views, such as the acceptance of abortion under certain conditions.

The Encyclopedia Britannica observes: 'In recent years, in Europe and the a number of highly respected legal, medical and religious organizations have deliberated on the whole issue of the legal control of human sexuality. They have been unanimous in the conclusion that, while the laws protecting person and public sensibilities should be retained, the purely moral laws should be dropped. Specifying what consenting adults do sexually in private, it is argued, should not be subject to legal control.'

- By Frans Soede
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