Human sexuality

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  • Human sexuality
    • Christianity
      • Since sexuality is such a powerful human force that it can result in new life, the Christian Church teaches that the only valid place for a sexual relationship is within marriage
        • Today, sex before marriage, multiple sexual partners, children outside marriage, adultery or open homosexual relationships are far more common
      • In the UK, the age of consent is 16. Most people, regardless of religion, would consider infidelity to be wrong
      • Many Christians see heterosexual relationships as a part of God's plan for humans
        • Genesis says that a man and woman should be united together and 'increase in number' (Genesis 1:28 and 2:28)
        • This is why many Christians are opposed to sex outside marriage, and some homosexual relationships and artificial contraception
          • Others think that the most loving thing to do is to adapt their teachings to fit a changing world
      • Those who oppose homosexual relations may base their views on Leviticus 18:22 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, where it is written that sexual relations between two men are forbidden
      • The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual people aren't sinful because of their homosexuality, but they should remain chaste to avoid sinful acts
      • The Church of England welcomes homosexual Christians who live in a faithful, committed relationship, but don't allow them to marry in church
      • Some Christians think Bible texts need to be interpretes in the context of modern society, and therefore consider homosexual relationships just as holy as heterosexual ones
    • Hinduism
      • Hindu teaching about sexual pleasure in a heterosexual relationship is that it's part of kama.
        • Traditionally, sex was a duty of marriage and its main purpose of it was to produce children
        • Sexual faithfulness is expected and adultery isn't approved of
      • It is thought that in the student stages life, a brahmacharya is too young or would be too distracted from his studies, to have sexual relationships
        • This belief may be hard to follow by Hindu adolescents in more liberal societies today
      • Hindu scriptures don't generally condemn homosexual relationships
        • Hindu gods provide examples of a variety of different relationships.
        • Hindus believe that God and nature are infinitely diverse, and that God is impossible to define or understand fully. Meaning that Hindus are generally more accepting.
        • Several Hindu priests have performed same-sex marriages because they say love is the result of attachments from previous lives and should be allowed in whatever form it takes
      • Since Vedic times, a third gender has been acknowledged within Hinduism
        • The Laws of Manu state that some people are born with either mixed male and female genders, or are gender-neutral or transsexual as a fact of natural biology


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