After a brash of recent threads dealing with sex before marriage, and with the many churches who denounce it as being very bad, even to the point of sending ones soul to hell, I muster the question to all those theists on the boards. Truly why?
Mircea Eliades The Sacred & the Profane (1957) grabbed my attention in many a religion class and philosophical debate, but it was Rudolf Otto Das Heilige ‘The Idea of the Holy’ that I constantly get back to as being a fountain of rationale into why people fear God. I am not a biblical scholar, but the pure multitudinous of people who fear God - or his wrath - and keep their virginity for the one they marry does not register as being a rational decision to me. An attainable personal goal yes, but for a belief that one will be damned, I don’t see it.
I consult my elderly parents who actually both saved their virginity for each other - and are now divorced - , and who both attended serious Chicago Catholic Schools - Gordon Tech - back in the late 40’s early 50’s. They state it is a matter of faith, and belief in who they worshipped, that they waited.
But why the damnation? Why tell children if they masturbate they are sinning, or if they have sex it is a sin? Why fear God, and not love him? Do you fear God out of love for your religion, or Love God out of fear of not making it into heaven?
If he is your creator, why fear him, afterall he made you right?