Judaism Core aspect of Jewish law is the love of the body - sex in general is not viewed in a negative way - greatest way possible to love your body (Wiki) Sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden Condemns homosexual practices –however reform branch allows such activity Restriction = relations with menstruating woman Restrictions aimed at decency Full purpose is to reproduce and be abundant - Genesis 1:28 Used to have concubines but do not anymore due to the sanctity of marriage
God blessed them, saying to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the Earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the Earth.” Genesis 1:28
Christianity Enjoy company of women through marriage Not allowed to have sex until marriage Must repent for sexual desires/temptations Sin was transmitted by Adam & Eve’s sexual reproduction God found within deepest desires (sex) only when married
Islam Enjoy company of women and sex It is a man’s right to sexual satisfaction (woman can’t refuse husband’s sexual demands) The pleasure of sex leads to union with God “She should not refuse to share his bed [meaning that she should not deny him sexual access when he desires it-Trans.]” (Ruthven 100)
Fornication Voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons, or two persons not married to each other
Judaism Sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage is prohibited Male homosexuality is a grave sin -Female homosexuality also forbidden, but less serious (because no penetration) Biblical and rabbinic law condemn homosexual practices
Christianity Unjust fornicators won’t inherit the Kingdom of God - First Corinthians 6:9-11 If one can’t exercise self control then one should marry Women betrothed to one husband are to be presented to Christ as a chaste virgin
Islam Surah 4:15-16 Women guilty of lewdness - prison (receive same punishment for adultery) Guilty men must be punished but if they repent they can be left alone Punishment for men and women - severely beaten with a whip or rod 100 times - they should not be showed compassion Those guilty of fornication can only marry one who’s also guilty of it or an unbeliever; forbidden to believers Those who wrongfully accuse and can’t produce 4 witnesses to support allegations will be whipped 80 times –if accuse spouse w/ only own evidence, must bear witness 4 times with an oath by Allah that it’s truth, and if it’s a lie then they invoke the curse of Allah on themselves If a woman bears witness 4 times w/ oath by Allah that her husband is lying then no punishment for her; but she invokes the wrath of Allah upon herself if her accuser is telling the truth
Judaism Sex is for reproductive purposes The purpose of creation is for Jews to enter the world, get married, have children and be spiritual Practice celibacy before marriage Celibacy can lead one closer to God if one removes oneself from the physical aspects of life
Christianity Because sex is viewed only as a means of reproduction, celibacy is required before marriage Catholic priests are celibate for their entire lives - do not marry (married to God), therefore no reason to have sex
Islam Celibate during the month of Ramadan - Holy month - Deprive themselves of pleasure during the day Because sex is viewed as pleasure very few Muslims exercise celibacy Sex during marriage is encouraged
Adultery Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
Judaism God can overlook most sins, except for lewdness Neither a man nor a woman should have any promiscuous relations outside of marriage If the woman is married, it is considered a more severe transgression Traditionally, according to the Torah a man may have more than one wife, while a woman has one husband. (a woman builds a home; a woman cannot build 2 homes) - Double standard Jewish law does not forgive Children (innocent victims) pay for their parent’s wrongdoings
Christianity God will judge the immoral and the adulterous No fornicator has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God “You Shall Not Commit Adultery.” Exodus 20:14 - Number 7 of the Ten Commandments Adultery can be an act, a thought, or a divorce & remarriage Three types: -(the act) A married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if he dies, then she is free from that law. If she lives with another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress -(the thought) One is told not to commit adultery but anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of it within his own heart -(divorce and remarriage) If a man divorces his wife, for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again; and the man who marries her commits adultery also
"Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore" (John 8:11).
Islam Known as Zina It is a shameful deed and an evil, opening the road to other evils One of most heinous and deadly sins One should not commit adultery, anyone who does shall meet the price of sin--doubled shall be the chastisement for him on the Resurrection Day Strictly enforced under Sharia law The penalty of it does not depend on the caste, race, religion or social status of the person with whom it is committed One needs 4 witnesses until they are stoned to death It corrodes the purity of one’s soul and hence destroys one’s faith It exposes the person to the wrath of Allah, thus resulting in eternal damnation