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Sensuality is not bad, given that God created it. Landscape, when viewed with Joy, is sensual as is music and the human body – especially the body of women. Those who think prudishness is holiness need to meditate on the fact that God made us the way we are. He made the erotic beauty of women which may come as a shock to those raised in false modesty and mind/body dualism. A colleague of mine was taken aback when I pointed out that Song 5.5, is about human sexual intimacy. The poem fits into the larger context of our union with Christ – which is not of course sexual but is an intimacy closer than sex.*

The essence of Kingdom Life is union with God and the Creation in Jesus Christ.

Of course, the sensuality of life is much wider than sex, covering food and all facets of living in the Creation. The essence of real life is union with God and through Christ, union with the beauty and sensuality of the world. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was right when he wrote ‘beauty is truth and truth is beauty’. We might add that it is life – which is why Jesus said, ‘Those who eat Me will live because of Me.’ To eat Jesus is to eat life.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “
We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” From C. S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory” (1)

John Powell wrote a book entitled,
Fully Human and Fully Alive which is a good book to read if we have been raised in a culture in which good religion is deemed to be lived as inhibition in our spirit, soul and body.
* An author writing in “On Being” many years ago saw that the sensitive person cannot help but notice that spiritual union with God has similarities to the union of a man and women in married love.
(1)    In Habets, Myk. Heaven: An Inkling of What’s To Come . Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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