Checkpoint : Sexuality and Value Systems
Which value system or systems discussed in the text do you most relate to ? Explain your answer.
While reading the suggested reading I was torn between two of the value systems and couldn’t choose which more I related to at all. I related to the legalism value system on the basis of it’s religious background and myself being a Christian woman I totally felt compelled to this system even though as a teenager losing my virginity due to trying to follow the in crowd and belong to the popular social group. In the Book of Leviticus (20:10–17) in the Hebrew Bible we find many of the prohibitions against adultery, incest, sexual activity with people of one’s own gender, and bestiality:
And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. . . . And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; . . . And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death; and ye shall slay the beast. . . . And if a man shall take his sister, . . . and see her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness: it is a shameful thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people.
I also was drawn to the value system of ethical relativism which assumes that diverse values are basic to human existence. I feel that people should be free in their mind and body to make a decision about what they should or should not do when it comes to their own sexual behavior. Yes premarital sex is wrong according to the Bible but what if you believe in the expression of love and showing that person with your body how much you care and love them.
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