God created sex and granted man sex for procreation and enjoyment between husband and wife. Also, sex was given to human beings for comfort and enjoyment among spouses. If God created it for His human beings, Is there sex in heaven?
Some Bible verses imply that there will be no sex in heaven. First, in Matthew 22:30, the Bible mentions that people will be like angels in heaven and won’t be married, so there won’t be sex. Second, happiness in heaven is enough; you won’t need sex to enjoy it. Lastly, there won’t be procreation in heaven, so there is no need for sex.
So what does the Bible teach about physical intimacy? What is the proper context of sex? If sex is created by God, why is it not in heaven?
What does the Bible teach about physical intimacy?
Intimacy is essential, especially since the Bible teaches that it is crucial for married people. God created human beings as Tri-unit, meaning they have a body, soul, and spirit according to 1st Thessalonians 5:23, which says, “May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” All the parts of the human being require physical intimacy to make the marriage fully intimate as directed by God. Sex fulfills the body, soul, and spirit of humans.
God allows married couples to experience intimacy through sex. Sex is a powerful connection between husband and wife. When husband and wife have sex, they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 says, “For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” By flesh, God means that man and wife will be intimate.
Also, physical intimacy was God’s plan and not something evil or sinful. At creation, it was God Himself who came up with sexuality. In Matthew 19:4, it is written that “Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read the scripture that says that in the beginning, the Creator made people male and female?”
This implies that sexuality was part of the creation plan of God, and it was not a result of sin. The book of Genesis implies that Adam was not satisfied by other creations until God created a woman, Eve. He created a woman for Adam because He knew Adam needed physical intimacy.
However, God forbids intimacy between cousins, intimacy between animals and human beings, between objects and human beings, and also sexual sins like rape and homosexual intimacy.
What is the proper context of sex?
When we want to understand the proper context of sex, we are supposed to refer to the Bible, the rules set for sex, conditions, and reasons for sex.
A Husband and a wife should have sex faithfully, not out of their marriage. Even when things are rough in marriage, no one should seek sex outside. Furthermore, when it comes to sex, husband and wife should create a comfortable atmosphere and be free with each other; they should be generous to each other when it comes to sex and reciprocate the energy. Each man should his wife sex because they owe them; according to the Bible, the same goes for each woman.
1st Corinthians 7:3-4 says, “The husband should give his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”
This verse implies that a wife should not deny her husband sex when he desires it, and a husband should not deny his wife sex when she desires it. There is nothing like if you do not feel like having sex and your partner wants sex, you should deny them like preached in modernity. However, it does not imply that they should take it by force; remember, you should create a free atmosphere and reciprocate the sexual energy of your spouse.
Also, the proper context for sex is that it should not be limited between partners unless there is an agreement on a short period of sex for prayers. 1st Corinthians 7:5 “Do not deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations. In this way, you will be kept from succumbing to Satan’s temptation because of your lack of self-control.”
This verse implies that often sex in marriage is not only a marital right and enjoyable, but it saves married people from losing self-control, which is exactly why God demands it. Also, you see that the Bible tells you that you can only deprive yourself and your partner of sex when you have both agreed. You can’t just decide to fast and pray privately and be cold towards your partner when they ask for conjugal rights.
You should reach a consensus about how long to deprive each other of sex and then get back quickly into marital relations to avoid falling into temptation. The Old Testament implies that frequent sex in marriage will keep the eyes of any human from searching for it outside marriage. The more you eat and concentrate on your plate, the less you focus on another person’s plate.
Although sex is meant for procreation, as implied in Genesis, it was not the only context of sex because sex is meant for enjoyment. Going back to before God ordered procreation, He said in Genesis 2:18 says, “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.”
The Bible goes on to Genesis 2:24 to mention that man shall leave his parents and live with his wife to become one flesh, implying sex and intimacy. These verses imply that sex creates a deep friendship between a man and woman who are married because they will not only procreate but also enjoy sex. It implies that there will be more physical cravings for the partner that God has chosen for you.
Sex allows you to explore and understand your partner emotionally, physically, and mentally, pushing you to more submission because you become one flesh. Sex is divine and comforts humans alongside glorifying God when done rightly.
If sex is created by God, why is it not in heaven?
Bible verses imply that there will be no sex in heaven. This conclusion is drawn from the discussion about marriage after the resurrection; ideally, according to the Bible, sex is only meant to be between two married people, a man and a woman. Although God created sex, it is not in heaven because;
There is no sex in heaven because people will be like angels in heaven after passing judgment.
Recalling the Bible verses when the Sadducees tried to outdo Jesus by raising a question that they think is too hard for Him, we can see that Jesus gives a direct answer. In the book of Matthew 22, they asked him about a woman who had multiple husbands while alive, and they died. They asked who would be her husband after the resurrection, and Jesus said that people in heaven would be like angels and would not have a marriage union.
Matthew 22:25-30 says,” Now, there were seven brothers who used to live here. The oldest married and died without having children, so he left his widow to his brother. The same happened to the second brother, the third, and finally to all seven. Last of all, the woman died. Now, on the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will she be? All of them had married her.” Jesus answered them, “How wrong you are! It is because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power. When the dead rise to life, they will be like the angels in heaven and will not marry.” Now let’s get the facts right, sex is only allowed between married partners biblically. The fact that there won’t be marriage in heaven implies that there will not be sex.
Marriage is ended by death which is among the steps that people pass to get to heaven.
In Romans 7:2, it is written that; “A married woman, for example, is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if he dies, then she is free from the law that bound her to him.” This means that once a person dies, they become single, and after the resurrection when Jesus comes, they won’t be bound to any partner. At this point, we should note that when sex was created, it was intended to be for couples; even if it had been permitted to be in heaven, it would still hold the same standards. However, we can see that once a person dies, they cannot say to marry because death ends their marriage. Therefore they won’t have a partner in heaven to have sex with them. Also, 1st Corinthians 7:39 says, “A married woman is not free as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, then she is free to be married to any man she wishes, but only if he is a Christian.”
Heaven is joyful enough that people won’t need sex
Apart from creating sex for the purpose of procreation, God also created sex for pleasure. Proverbs 5:18-19 says, “ So be happy with your wife and find your joy with the woman you married— pretty and graceful as a deer. Let her charms keep you happy; let her surround you with her love.” This verse implies that sex was also meant to create happiness. God made sex to be passionate and not just strictly functional, as in for procreation. However, the pleasure is strictly between husband and wife. But in heaven, the pleasure and joy in heaven will be enough, so there will be no requirement for sexual pleasure.
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