Posted by: thewoobdog | June 1, 2007

THIS Is Really About THAT

Okay, to pique your interest, I have decided to post the following excerpt from Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality, by Rob Bell:

Jewelry, pictures, sculptures made by children, antiques that have been in the family for years, art projects, souvenirs, velvet paintings – we hold on to them because they point beyond themselves.  If we were to ask you about a certain picture and why you have it displayed in such a prominent place in your home or office or why you carry it in your purse or wallet everywhere you go, you’d probably respond by talking about the people in the picture, where it was taken, when it was taken.  But that would only be the start.  Those relationships and that place and that time are all about something else, something more.  If we kept exploring, you’d probably end up using words like trust and love and belonging and commitment and celebration.

So it’s a picture, but it’s more than a picture.

This physical thing – this picture, trophy, artifact, gift – is actually about that relationship, that truth, that reality, that moment in time.

This is actually about that.

Whether it’s what we do with our energies

or how we feel about our bodies

or wanting to have the control in relationships

or trying to recover from heartbreak

or dealing with our ferocious appetites

or the difficulty of communicating clearly with those we love

or longing for something or someone better,

much of life is in some way connected with our sexuality.

And when we begin to sort through all of the issues surrounding our sexuality, we quickly end up in the spiritual.

because this

is always about that.

[…]

It’s always about something else.

Something deeper.  Something behind it all.  You can’t talk about sexuality without talking about how we were made.  And that will inevitably lead you to who made us.  At some point you have to talk about God.

Sex.  God.  They’re connected.  And they can’t be separated.  Where the one is, you will always find the other.  This is a book about how sexuality is the “this” and spirituality is the “that”.  To make sense of the one, we have to explore the other.

And that is what this book is about.

(pp 012-015)

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