It should not be considered a taboo to discuss the topic of sex. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church Temple Code #8 Chastity states, "I will refrain from unlawful sexual intercourse, or behavior." Chastity generally refers to the practice of abstaining from sexual relations outside the context of marriage. Sex is essential for the procreation of life and is as natural as life itself. Therefore, we do not advocate abstinence for everyone, but we do advocate for the use of wisdom in this regard. Sex can vary from person to person, and individual experiences may differ. Maintaining safe and consensual sexual practices and open communication with your partner are crucial for a healthy and fulfilling sexual experience, however, there are other things and consequences to consider.
Sexual activity can have various positive effects on both spiritual and physical health. However, in many religious and moral traditions, chastity is considered a virtue and an important aspect of living a righteous or ethical life. It may be seen as a way to honor religious teachings, show respect for oneself and others, and maintain purity or integrity. Here are some potential benefits and pitfalls:
Engaging in consensual and intimate sexual activity can promote emotional connection, intimacy, and bonding between partners. It can enhance feelings of love, trust, and happiness, leading to improved overall emotional well-being. Practicing chastity can also contribute to emotional and psychological well-being. Sexual abstinence outside of a committed relationship can help avoid the negative consequences of casual or indiscriminate sexual encounters, such as emotional attachment, regret, or the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
Sexual activity can help reduce stress levels by promoting the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-lifting chemicals in the brain. It can also decrease anxiety and promote relaxation, leading to a sense of calmness. Just as sex can reduce stress, it can increase as well. Chastity can be seen as a way to avoid the potential negative consequences associated with sexual activity, such as unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional turmoil resulting from casual or non-committed relationships.
Sexual activity is a form of physical exercise that can contribute to improved cardiovascular health, increased blood circulation, and muscle toning. Regular sexual activity can be an enjoyable way to incorporate physical activity into your routine.
Sexual activity can promote better sleep quality due to the release of oxytocin and endorphins, which can induce feelings of relaxation and aid in falling asleep faster. It can also help in relieving tension and promoting a sense of calmness, which can contribute to a better night's sleep.
Sexual activity has been linked to a stronger immune system due to the release of antibodies, cortisol reduction, and increased circulation. These factors can enhance the body's ability to fight off infections and illnesses.
Sexual activity can release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and can temporarily alleviate pain. It may help with conditions such as headaches, menstrual cramps, and arthritis-related pain.
For individuals who view sex as a sacred and spiritual act, engaging in sexual activity can deepen their sense of spiritual connection and intimacy with their partner. It can be a way to express love, vulnerability, and transcendence.
Personal growth and self-discipline
For some, practicing chastity can be part of a personal journey of self-discipline and self-control. By refraining from sexual activity, individuals may focus their energy and attention on personal development, goals, and other aspects of their lives.
It's important to note that opinions on sex, chastity, marriage, and relationships vary widely, and different individuals and cultures may have contrasting views on its importance. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church teachings are guided bythe Temple Code.
We encourage everyone to exercise wisdom, respect, and honor. We do not encourage or recommend boys or girls in their teens or younger to engage in sexual activity due to the delicate and difficult psychological and emotional responsibilities that comes with it. Ultimately, it's a personal choice based on one's own values, beliefs, and circumstances.