SWM 040 – What happens to our souls when we have sex?
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Is there an interaction of souls when we have sex?  Is sex an act of worship to God, or Satan?  Should we pray during sex? These are all things that came up from a single question from our Have A Question page recently.



Rather than lump it with all the other questions, I thought I’d spend some time digging into this, because I think these are issues that a lot of Christians are confused about.



Here’s the question, and then I’ll dig into it:



What do you think of the claim that when you have sex within marriage, it's an act of worship to God, but when you have sex outside of marriage, it's an act of worship to Satan? That either way, it's an act of worship to One or the other? (Just read this on another website.)Also, what's your belief about what's happening spiritually during sex? Obviously two bodies are becoming one flesh; scripture makes this pretty clear. What about souls? What about spirits? (My understanding is that the soul = the mind/personality and the spirit = the eternal part of every person. But some people use the terms soul and spirit interchangeably.) Are souls/spirits communing together during sex? Are souls/spirits mingling together during sex? Do souls/spirits become one for a time during sex, or is that even a biblical concept, since it says, "one flesh," and not, "one spirit/soul"? (It sounds kind of like Eastern philosophy.) And where is God in the midst of all this? Yes, it is a mystery, and I understand that marriage/intimacy is a picture of Christ's love for His church. But I wonder if my (and others') understanding could be more complete.Also, if both the husband and wife are believers, and we both have the mind (soul? Spirit?) of Christ (1 Cor. 2), and the Spirit of Christ [the Holy Spirit], is something different happening during sex between believers? For instance, communion with one another's spirit, facilitated by the Holy Spirit?Another somewhat related question-- should Christians pray during sex? Not before. Not after. During. (?) If a married couple is wanting to become as intimate as possible, and the two best things to do to increase intimacy are praying together and having sex together, then should these (routinely?) be combined? What about praise or worship during sex? I've heard of people singing the doxology right after orgasm. At first I thought this sounded a little unorthodox (actually I'll admit it sounded downright crazy). But this could just be because of my upbringing, and the idea's starting to grow on me. Thoughts? Anonymous reader



So, I see three main topics here:



* Is sex an act of worship?* What are souls, and what happens to them when you have sex?* Should you pray during sex?



Let’s get started.



Is sex an act of worship?



What do you think of the claim that when you have sex within marriage, it's an act of worship to God, but when you have sex outside of marriage, it's an act of worship to Satan? That either way, it's an act of worship to One or the other? (Just read this on another website.)Anonymous reader



We kicked this around in our supporters forum, and many said the same thing:



Everything we do is an act of worship.  We are either giving worship to God, or to Satan, knowingly or unknowingly.  I happen to agree with this.  That’s why I get very frustrated when people say doctrine doesn’t matter.  It matters, because in everything we do, we are either drawing closer to God, or away from Him.



That said, I don’t think it’s as simple a distinction of “Sex inside marriage is worship of God and ...
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