Monday, July 18, 2016

Sexuality is bound up with death

How will we exist in the next life? Will we have relations? Will we get married? Will our social status continue in the Kingdom of God? These are some of the questions I have come across in the past few years. Additionally will we be divided in males and females? The Orthodox Church believes that these divisions and relations will not exist in the Heavenly Kingdom. Christos Yannaras gives an exegesis of the Orthodox belief, claiming:

‘The function of perpetuation, what today we call “sexuality,” is unavoidably bound up with death, and no “ethics of sexuality” can remove the subjugation of the sexual impulse to the natural necessity of perpetuating death. This is why the Bible states that in the Kingdom of God, the realm of true life, sexuality ceases to exist, as does the distinction between the sexes. “The children of this world marry and are given in marriage. But they which shall be accounted worthy to attain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry not are given in marriage. Neither can they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Lk 20:34-36); “there is neither male nor female” (Hal 3:18).’[1]

[1] Yannaras Christos, The Freedom of Morality, (1996), p.160.

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