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Sex God: Leather, Whips, and Fruit

28 Mar

What’s the big deal about lust? We have an earlier reference to Jesus saying on the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) that it is better to be blind and not lust than to lust. Jesus, using hyperbole, isn’t recommending that we actually do this. Which would instantly render half the population blind. Why is it so devastating to us and others? For the same reason that poking out an eye won’t work, lust affects something deep within us.

Genesis 3:6
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

This is brilliant Satan (ha satan=the accuser), I know it isn’t normal to equate brilliance and Satan together, but he engages all of her senses.

“she sees
she notices
she appreciates
she takes
she eats
Her sight, her touch, her senses of smell and taste are all involved.”p70

Adam and Eve were created to find value outside of themselves. They were created to plug into their environment. So this fruit is one more thing for them to plug into. There is nothing evil about the fruit is there?

“The problem for Adam and Eve is what the fruit has come to represent. Rebellion against God. Rejection of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Another way…The problem is that she’s told, “When you eat of it…” and then she’s told things that aren’t true. Promises were made to her that the temptation can’t come through on. It’s a lie.”p7

Look at the story: Adam and Eve eat fruit that promised them greatness and wind up hiding in a bush from God. When push comes to shove they both point the finger, or give the finger at someone else (I’m so glad we don’t do this anymore). Their relationship with earth and their bodies are now distorted as man will return to dust and woman will experience pain in birth. So when lust, which sounds and looks so good, takes on flesh and blood it looks like this.

“Lust promises what it can’t deliver.”p7
“Lust comes from a deep lack of satisfaction with life. This is why we have to slow down and reflect on our lives before we’ll ever begin to sort out the significance of this. Lust often starts with a thought somewhere in our head or heart: If I had that/him/her/it, then I’d be..”

So what fruit hangs on your tree? What is it that is on this tree that when you see it or are around it, you lose all sensibility? Bell ends this chapter with his usual onslaught of questions. Go ahead and put your fruit through this list of questions, I think it does a good job at identifying why lust in our lives isn’t a little deal but a big deal.

“What is this craving promising?
Can it deliver?
Is this lust about something else?
What is the lie here?
Where is the good in this person or thing?
Where is the good that has been distorted?
What good thing has God made her that has been hijacked?
Have I been tempted like this before?
Have I given in before?
What was it like?
Did it work?
Was I more satisfied or more empty?
What will the moment, the morning, or the week after be like?”