How does your spirituality influence your sexuality?

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How does your spirituality influence your sexuality?

Passionate Pastor Passionate Pastor
Are you spiritual or religious? If so how does that influence your sexual choices? For instance, I am an evangelical Christian so my sexuality is defined by my belief that the Bible is the revealed Word of God. How about you?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I am not spiritual or religious, so it does not play any role in my sexuality.
REDRUM , clp , Envy
3  (20%)
I am minimally spiritual or religious and it only plays a minor role in my sexuality.
MuffysPinguLove , Moein , potstickers , LavenderSkies
4  (27%)
I am moderatly spiritual or religious and it plays an important role in my sexuality.
Gunsmoke , ♥ Amanda ♥ , dv8 , *HisMrs* , Miss Madeline
5  (33%)
I am very spiritual or religious and it is the driving force in defining my sexuality.
Passionate Pastor , Fun Lover , Airen Wolf
3  (20%)
Total votes: 15
Poll is closed
02/28/2010
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EffinSara EffinSara
I wouldn't say that being an atheist has no effect on my sexuality. I'm sure that if I did believe in a higher power who had rules about my sex life and that following or breaking those rules had a role in determining what my place in an afterlife would be that I would behave differently from how I do now. Instead, I use my own judgment to determine which activities are good and which are potentially harmful to me.
03/01/2010
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Sharing faith and love are important to my spouse & I. It gives us multiple outlets for our interactions.
03/01/2010
Domineight Domineight
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Originally posted by EffinSara
I wouldn't say that being an atheist has no effect on my sexuality. I'm sure that if I did believe in a higher power who had rules about my sex life and that following or breaking those rules had a role in determining what my place in an ...
I was just thinking the same thing. I feel that NOT being religious or spiritual has had a huge effect on my sexuality. I don't fear repercussions for my sexual actions in a religious aspect (of course I realize outside of religion sex can have repercussions), I don't think doing something will result in punishment from a higher power. Instead, I choose what I do sexually on whether or not it is harmful, something I really want to do, etc etc.
03/01/2010
Passionate Pastor Passionate Pastor
Thanks for your posts. I would like to note that the reason I let my faith define my sexuality is not because I am afraid I will be punished in the afterlife if I disobey God but rather I trust that He knows better than I do so following His plan is actually for my benefit! Keep the comments coming!
03/01/2010
Darling Dove Darling Dove
The poll is pretty limited. I'm quite spiritual but I dont think it affects my sexuality. I was just as sexual before I became pagan, when I was athiest, and when I was christian. I've always been pretty sexual. I suppose one could argue thats not the case since I began studying paganism coincidentally right when I started puberty so it would appear otherwise to an outside viewer though, but through much of my study I was still athiestic or agnostic depending on how you define them.
03/01/2010
Passionate Pastor Passionate Pastor
Quote:
Originally posted by Darling Dove
The poll is pretty limited. I'm quite spiritual but I dont think it affects my sexuality. I was just as sexual before I became pagan, when I was athiest, and when I was christian. I've always been pretty sexual. I suppose one could argue ...
Thanks for the post Darling Dove! You are right. My poll is limited. It assumes that an increased spirituality influences sexuality more. Sorry this is my first poll next time I will make sure I include all possibilities.
03/01/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
My religious life has allowed me to accept my sexuality as being something that brings joy to my life. Being Pagan I have been given back the joy of my body that I allowed an incorrect assumption of what God wanted for me to rob me of. Now I am not blaming any religion for this happenstance, it was my own faulty interpretation of the religion of my parents that led me to be so incredibly unhappy. After many years of study and inner spiritual work I have come to peace with my sexuality. It has allowed me to accept my life partners and their sexual appetites as being completely normal and I am closer to the Gods than I ever have been which has made me stretch and grow as a human being. It has made me more tolerant of other people's choices and able to look past the things that stopped me from seeing others as being beloved of God, just as I am.

Might sound odd but then again this is one of those issues that is very hard to put into words. Yes most assuredly my spiritual life has informed and continues to inform my sexuality.

I can see the argument that sexuality and spirituality shouldn't be either exclusive or inclusive. One can be atheist and sexual, one can also be spiritual and asexual...we are such wonderfully adaptable creatures!
03/02/2010
Heather Heather
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
My religious life has allowed me to accept my sexuality as being something that brings joy to my life. Being Pagan I have been given back the joy of my body that I allowed an incorrect assumption of what God wanted for me to rob me of. Now I am not ...
Is there a difference between Pagan & Wicca? As I understand both are earth based spirituality?
03/02/2010
clp clp
I am an atheist. I'm a bit clueless how one would effect the other.

Of course I understand how rules would, but on a more spiritual, intuitive level, I don't understand it. Everyone has their own moral compass by which they are guided; I don't call it spirituality, but it certainly is conviction.
02/06/2011
Moein Moein
Ok,
In my region Anal intercourse is forbidden. I respect that and we use anal toys for anal play.
02/06/2011
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by Passionate Pastor
Are you spiritual or religious? If so how does that influence your sexual choices? For instance, I am an evangelical Christian so my sexuality is defined by my belief that the Bible is the revealed Word of God. How about you?
Only very minimally.
02/23/2013
Total posts: 12
Unique posters: 10