Sex and worldview are inseparably tied to one another. One’s vision of the purpose and place of sex has everything to do with what one believes concerning God, humans, how we got here and why we are here.
In an article published at Fox News, we see the evolutionary naturalists vision of human sexuality.
He may have come down from the trees, but prehistoric man did not stop swinging. New research into Stone Age humans has argued that, far from having intercourse simply to reproduce, they had sex for fun.
Practices ranging from bondage to group sex, transvestism and the use of sex toys were widespread in primitive societies as a way of building up cultural ties.
According to the study, a 30,000-year-old statue of a naked woman — the Venus of Willendorf — and an equally ancient stone phallus found in a German cave, provide the earliest direct evidence that sex was about far more than babies.
Timothy Taylor, reader in archeology at Bradford University, reviewed evidence from dozens of archeological finds and scientific studies for his research.
“The widespread lay belief that sex in the past was predominantly heterosexual and reproductive can be challenged,” said Taylor.
He argues that monogamy only became established as hunter-gatherer societies took up agriculture and settled in houses, allowing the social roles of men and women to become more fixed.
Experts believe research such as Taylor’s may help overturn false assumptions that sex for the purposes of reproduction is the form closest to nature.
Petra Boynton, a relationship counselor and health lecturer at University College, London, found the study “refreshing.”
“So much evolutionary theory promotes the idea that humans, particularly women, are preprogrammed for monogamy, but that is often simply overlaying science on a pre-existing view of society,” she said.
Taylor, whose research is published by Haworth Press in the Handbook of the Evolution of Human Sexuality, says the human attitude to sex arose from the complex interaction of physical and mental development. By comparison with modern humans, who appeared about 300,000-100,000 years ago, apes have tiny male genitals, no female breasts and are hairy. But they are easily able to distinguish the sexes because males can weigh up to three times as much as females.
Humans, by contrast, are far less easy to distinguish by size. Taylor says that prominent male genitals and female breasts developed to aid recognition of the opposite sex in creatures of similar size and shape. The similarity in size, combined with the ease of face-to-face sex, allowed intercourse to become a vital part of social interaction, communication and inventiveness.
This entire article, of course, assumes by default that there is no God, that he did not create humans in any particular way for any particular purpose and that sex is what it is by accident. No statue decided that. That is the basic belief of any person who would come away from this data with this kind of understanding about human sexuality.
Thankfully, the Christian vision of sex involves more than procreation. Sex is the physical expression of the total oneness that a human couple may experience. Sex serves as a cementing mechanism when it is reserved for and preserved within the marital union. And yes, sex is also for babies! The first command to the first married couple was to “be fruitful and multiply.” It should strike us as interesting that the activity which brings about the most intimacy between a man and his wife is also the means by which that couple brings about new life into the world.
So, for the Christian, procreation and pleasure are a happy pair!
But, let’s also remember – like procreation, pleasure in sex is command from our Creator himself! All of God’s commands concerning sex have their goal in our ability to do good on God’s command to enjoy sex! In Proverbs 5:18-21, God’s command against extramarital sex follows a command to enjoy sex with ones spouse!
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.
According to the Christian worldview, there is a such thing as good or bad sex, right or wrong sex, beautiful or ugly sex. For the naturalistic evolutionist, there are no such categories. Thus, it behooves Christians to live out and enjoy this treasure for all the pleasure and procreating joys it is designed to bring!