; a nation and a company of nations shall beof thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins
(Genesis 35:11; see also Genesis 12:1,2,7).God has a point to make, He is above what currently is considered politically correct inmany matters, even using the human sexual act to illustrate what He wants to say if need be. The prophet Hosea, for example, was commanded by God to go and marry a whoreand have children by her. God certainly knew this would raise the eyebrows of some of the self-righteous, letter-of-the-law religious leaders in Israel, but having His prophetmove in with a local prostitute provided God with an excellent opportunity to use the predictable reaction of the community to illustrate His own displeasure over their far worse acts of spiritual fornication and unfaithfulness to Him.
And the Lord said to Hosea [God's prophet], Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms. . . . So he [Hosea] went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son
THE BIBLE IS NOT BASHFUL
Many passages of the Bible are unabashedly erotic, including the Song of Solomon, andvarious descriptions of the relationship between God and His "unfaithful" Church. Eventhe promised world of spiritual bliss to come begins with the marriage feast of the Lamb(Jesus) for all who believe in Him, His "Bride," who then enjoy pleasures forever more atthe right hand of God. (See Revelation 19; Psalm 16:11.)The Scriptures are rich in sexual stories, allusions and sexual terms, demonstrating thatGod is far from being a prude when it comes to sex, and that he doesn't mince His words.As a result, some sections of the Bible, such as the Song of Solomon, were virtually banned by fourth century celibates who feared they were just too hot.
THE X-RATED BIBLE
Some people are trying to have the Bible banned as too sexual and sexist for our times.The truth is that although the Bible is a sexy Book, it also contains much thornycommentary on the hypocrisy of humanity, which may be the real source of itsunpopularity in certain circles. What modern writer, for example, would dare to describethe 600 B.C. city of Jerusalem the way God inspired the great prophet Ezekiel to describeit in chapter 16 of the Book of Ezekiel?The chapter begins with a graphic description of God's involvement with Jerusalem, as aman involved with a woman, using explicitly sexual terms. At first she was just a filthylittle abandoned baby that He took pity on, washed and beautified. Then, when she growsold enough and it "was the time of love" (verse 8), God makes love to her and showersher with presents. This ungrateful woman, however, runs away from God to become awhore, and a foolish one at that, who God says doesn't even have common sense enoughto charge for her sexual services, but rather pays her lovers. To discipline her, God allows