Identity. Shame. Connection.
The different portions of this topic discuss the identity given to us, some unhealthy voices speaking to us about that identity (including gnosticism, modern culture, and purity culture), and finally how a loving God designed sexuality to be used.
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Video 1: We hear many different voices when it comes to sex and sexuality, so it matters who we’re listening to. Humans are made in the image of God, and this includes our sexuality. When Jesus stepped into humanity, he took on this image of God. Gnosticism is a heresy that wants to place spiritual things above material things.
Video 2: Our culture has a lot to say on sexuality, but most importantly, it can reduce us down to just our physical bodies. Some of the fallout of this is the way our culture objectifies other people, often people under the age of 18. These messages can often disconnect us from our hearts, and can teach us a self-serving version of sex and sexuality.
Video 3: Although often equated, purity and virginity are not the same things. Purity is only accomplished through Jesus’ purity. The purity movement often taught women their bodies were the source of lust, and were inherently shameful. The purity movement often taught men that any sexual desire was the same as lust, despite being very different things.
Video 4: God did not invent sex without a way to direct and harness it. Alongside sex, he created marriage. Our brains actually reflect the design God has for sex and sexuality: commitment! One of the biggest things to know about sex and sexuality is that it serves to remind us of our relationship with God, and how, ultimately, only he will fulfill us.