Let there be sex: Shocked by the Bible, Chapter 7

In this chapter, Joe Kovacs presents the topic of sex as the Bible addresses it. He references the many restrictions God placed upon sex (for example: not to commit adultery, not to commit fornication, not to commit bestiality, etc.). All of these are fact; the Bible does have a lot to say about sex. He closes the chapter on page 81 with the statement, “There is no shortage of sexual matters in the Bible…Could that be one of the reasons it has been the best-selling book throughout the ages?” I would answer that question with a no. Mainly I say this because people have not been enamored with sex, particularly in America, until the last three or four decades (remember the “sexual revolution” that occurred in the ‘60’s?). However, there is one section in which I think Kovacs pushes too far to try and “shock” the reader.

On page 77, Kovacs begins a discussion following the subheading “Gay Sex with Angels.” Now that is a shocking, and provocative, title. However, the Bible never addresses gay sex with angels. The biblical passage Kovacs uses to address this “topic” comes from the book of Genesis, chapter 19. It is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. As he points out, there were two angels sent to these cities to determine the exact state of affairs. Upon arriving in Sodom, they were taken into the home of Lot. Later that night, all of the men in the city came and demanded that Lot bring out his guests so that they could have sex with them. However, the men of the town wanted to have sex with what they thought were men, not angels. Kovacs even makes this admission on page 78, “The angels, who look like typical human men, arrived in the evening and ate a meal prepared by Lot” (emphasis added). The men of Sodom did not desire to have “gay sex with angels,” they wanted to have homosexual relations with what they thought were men.

Furthermore, the Bible makes it clear that angels do not have sexual relations. Jesus stated in Matthew 22:30, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” Likewise, Angels were not given the same charge as humans following creation in Genesis 4:1-2—“Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth” (as Kovacs noted on page 70). The Bible mentions the angels being present at creation. Job 38:1, 4, 7—“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said…Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?…while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” The book of Hebrews explains the purpose of angels in the form of a rhetorical question, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Angels are ministering spirits.

There is no mention of the men of Sodom wanting to have sex with Lot’s guests because they were angels; there is also no mention anywhere else in Scripture about whether or not humans can have sex with angels or any restrictions upon sexual relations between humans and angels. I think that if God cared enough to outline all other areas of our sexuality (even to the point of sexual relations with animals), then he would not neglect this area if it were possible.
As Kovacs closed this chapter, I mentioned that he notes there is no shortage of material concerning sex in the Bible. This made Kovacs ask if this is why the Bible has been a best-seller for so long; however, I think that all of the material concerning sex in the Bible shows just how much we have messed-up what God intended for sex to be.
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