Friday, 12 May 2017

The Body as a Temple of God, and a Creation of God: the Lie of "Bodily Autonomy"

 Update: This edited version argues that physical coercion in marriage is not 'rape', but 'physical sexual abuse'. Both are equally wrong. The correction is one relating to proper use of terms.

The modern secular western culture believes in so-called 'bodily autonomy' as a fundamental truth. It dogmatically adheres to such a doctrine which permeates through almost all aspects of life in the west. 

The whole concept of 'bodily autonomy' is an anti-Christian doctrine, a doctrine of demons. It denies what the Bible says in Genesis 2:7:  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. It is God who created man, and not man created God. 

God is a real being who exists and not a 'social construct' as humanists claim. From man, God created woman. So, woman, likewise is created by God (Genesis 2:21-23). Therefore, everything on earth, including the bodies God has given to each person, whether saved or unsaved, belong to God. 

In particular, the body of a follower of Christ is that which belongs to Christ. He or she has no 'bodily autonomy' whatsoever:

Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's

Therefore, a person, especially a follower of Christ, is not permitted by God to do as he wants with his body. It is sin to even believe in bodily autonomy for that itself denies the Sovereignty of God over one's body, and is therefore, rebellion against God.

What makes fornication, rape, and pornography sins is not because they take away "bodily autonomy" as the secularists argue in relation to rape and pornography. It is because they pervert God's design and purpose for sexual relations. 

The argument that pornography is wrong because it violates 'bodily autonomy' no longer holds when it is done consensually between people who want to commit such vile sins of their own volition. 

The argument that rape is wrong because it violates 'bodily autonomy' implies that where there is no positive affirmative consent, a person initiating the act of sex has committed 'rape'. This indeed is the argument behind the move to abolish the so-called 'marital rape immunity', for which the typical modern understanding, I argue, has been based on much misunderstanding, further perpetuated by the doctrine of 'bodily autonomy'.

What makes rape in the true sense what it is, is that it is a deviancy by which a man physically forces a woman to engage in sexual intercourse with him, from whom no conjugal obligations are owed to him. This is in contrast to marriage, where conjugal obligations are owed by the wife or her husband, and by the husband to his wife (1 Corinthians 7:3-4).

This is not in any way to deny that physical coercion to obtain sexual intercourse can occur in marriage,  nor to deny that rape is a evil sin. Rather, it is an argument as to what is the proper understanding of what is often called the 'marital rape immunity' and the rationales underlying it, for which the modern understanding, I argue is full of truths and half-truths.

It is is righteous to criticise an immunity for marital rape in the true sense of the term rape, although most who make such criticism, usually feminists, have an unrighteous evil and self-serving agenda behind it. Indeed, the feminist campaign was really seeking to undermine the doctrine of conjugal union and conjugal obligations, while promoting the false doctrine of 'bodily autonomy'.

The doctrine of 'bodily autonomy' has significant ramifications for how we understand sin, as the physical is connected to the spiritual. For example, drunkness and drug abuse have an effect on the spirit. That is why the Bible commands followers of Christ to glorify God in one's body, which is His (1 Corinthians 6:20). 

In particular, it has very significant implications for the sexual relations between husband and wife, which even within the modern Church in the west have become severely strained, owing to the infiltration of feminist doctrine into the modern Church in the west.