It took a while to decide what to title this post. I find this to be the opposite of what the Catholic Church exemplifies, yet what I feel should be exemplified and revered. Perhaps you can tell me your opinions on this.
A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible.
Now, before I go any further with this, let me point out that this is in Europe. Having lived in Europe, I can tell you that nearly everyone there doesnâ€™t have the hang-ups about sexuality that Americans do. Here in the U.S., sex is forbidden fruit. This mentality is what creates at least half of the problems with regard to addiction. The concept of this calendar in the United States would be thought of as blasphemy by far more many people than in Europe. Agreed? Well, hereâ€™s what the photographer says about nudity in the Bible:
Anyway, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude.
Thatâ€™s true. But it is the following statement which I find the most commendable.
We wanted to represent the Bible in a different way and to interest young people.
That statement was made by a female model who posed nude as the prostitute Rahab (New Testament). Yes, this calendar was meant to draw young people to the Bible.
We sell cars, alcohol, clothing, and a myriad of other things with sex. Why not religion?
Despite what many fundamentalists will say, this is not a contrary viewpoint to the Bible. In the first book of the Bible it says, â€œGo forth and multiply.â€ The only way to do that is to have sex. Sex, in and of itself, is NOT deviant behavior. It only becomes deviant when you project that itâ€™s shameful to a society and then society only does what comes naturally; having sex. I mean, at some fundamental level, priests are working against the Bible. They are preventing themselves from doing what the Bible asks them to do. Letâ€™s be honest, too. Several of them ARE having sex. So, the tenets of Catholicism arenâ€™t even working in many cases.
I think it is bold for this youth group in Germany to bring this to the forefront and try to get sex out there openly, as it is in the Bible. I wish that it were possible for American youth groups to do this, but such a thing would come under so much scrutiny that we, as Americans, canâ€™t even be leaders when it comes to religion. Letâ€™s face it, being a world super power means having enough military and ammunition to defend oppression of far too many aspects of natural, human existence.
P.S. For those who are going to get all pissy and claim that I am unsupportive of the military and their plight to defend the freedoms we have, stop right there. This post is neither saying that I am unappreciative of the freedoms we DO have, nor that I am unsupportive of our military. I have a high appreciation for our freedoms, especially since I have lived outside of the United States. I also have the greatest esteem for our military and their ability to serve and protect the citizens of this country. Iâ€™m just saying that for as far as weâ€™ve come as a nation is about as far as we have to go in many regards.
UPDATE: Due to popular demand, here is the site for the calendar itself. http://www.bibelkalender.de There are few pictures listed there and, I’m afraid, none of Rahab. I guess they keep that in reserve so that you have to order the calendar.