Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

God who Laments over Creation
Genesis 6:1-7
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was, only evil all the time (Gen 6:5).
 In verse 1, the language of sex and reproduction is used in ordinary fashion, which stands in contrast with the extraordinary sex and reproduction between gods and humans in v.2. When humankind began to multiply on the earth's face (v.1), along with them multiplied their evil deeds. It provided Yahweh the motive for sending the flood. The other key-word that occurs in v.2 and v.5 is 'saw': the sons of god saw the beauty of daughters of humankind whereas Yahweh saw the evil of humankind. The sons of god seeing the goodness (i.e. Beauty and sexual desirability) of human women- provides a foil to Yahweh seeing the evil of human heart. The major concern is that there is no sign of shame or guilt in their deeds. But it makes Yahweh feel guilty and he regrets for creating human (v.3).
In the ancient societies woman was regarded as a possession or a treasure to be displayed. Even today, ranging from pictures of women on fairness creams to eroticized magazine covers; women's beauty has been unfairly used to market various products. Advertisements transgressing the limits of morality, presents women as objects of sexual stimulation triggering desire among the male viewers. 'Vulgarity is the new sensuality'.
Bible teaches us that 'Sexuality' is a gift of God which must be catered only in a marital relationship. Healthy sexuality is never an end in itself; it is part of the recipe of fulfilling relationship. The physical sexual relationship is intended to cement the emotional and spiritual bond inherent in the covenant of marriage.
Oh Lord, help us to maintain the sanctity of our sexual, social and spiritual life, Amen.

Destruction of creation is a sin in the eyes of God.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church