We are not supposed to fall in love with Jesus.
I cannot point out the heresy I see in that commonly repeated trope of contemporary Christianity enough possibly. God is not our lover. Never has been. Never will be. The analogy of the Bride of Christ is just that. It’s an analogy. It’s a metaphor perhaps, more accurately.
I repeat. It’s an…analogy.
Let’s look up the definition of an analogy on Google:
- a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.”an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies”
- a correspondence or partial similarity.”the syndrome is called deep dysgraphia because of its analogy to deep dyslexia”
- a thing which is comparable to something else in significant respects.”works of art were seen as an analogy for works of nature”
Let’s look up metaphor on Google:
is a type of analogy, but where analogy is identifying two things as similar, a metaphor claims a comparison where there may not be one. It is then up to the listener to create meaning out of this comparison. For example “ that sound goes through me like nails down a blackboard”.
It’s a way of explaining something. It’s not a literal comparison. Jesus never had/has sex with “the church” in Heaven. …There’s a wedding and a wedding feast. But those are also analogies… Again, Jesus does not…ever…make love to all of Christianity. Ever. And it’s more pagan than Christian to claim otherwise.
If you want to worship at the alter of Dionysus…you’re free to do so. * laugh* But it’s not…Christianity.
…That being said, God did say that it wasn’t good for (literal) man to be alone. And to complete that thought he created a woman. Not another guy. Not a family. Not a church. Not a softball team. …A woman. And I have a very, very, very strong suspicion that they had sex together before the Fall of Humanity. …Like, literally they spent their time making love without shame. And God created that as his original perfect design for humanity.
Adult humans were never meant to live sexless, lonely, dull lives. God Himself felt that was wrong. He literally went totally out of His way to create totally consensual, perfect-other-half, romantic sex. God isn’t asexual so much as God.
Now…I have a feeling as a father He also gave them privacy…but that was before the Fall of Man…(meaning humans in this case) so it’s far easier to imagine how He did that. And can you imagine how happy they must have been?! …Of course He still sees our pained romantic love today…while simultaneously giving us privacy…(this is not a topic often discussed perhaps) but…it’s ugly to even think about somehow. We’re such broken creatures.
I read something seemingly well-intentioned but really aggravating today on Tik Tok and that’s what prompted this post. …A seemingly single, 26 year old, good-looking guy…who seemingly also loves God (hopefully as a Father?)…said that people need other people and made an allusion to the Garden of Eden as a Biblical reference. …And he’s right. We do. …But that passage was also about sex.
God’s not talking about softball teams or worship teams or even family dinners in that verse. Those arrived far later, after The Fall of Man. He’s talking about romantic love. …And it’s so important to keep things in context in the Bible. One can debate the context maybe? But in this case I’m fairly convinced it refers to romantic love.
…When Paul far later discredits marriage he does so in a specific context too, of course. And given the tone of his entire book I’m not sure he’s against marriage as much as one would assume. I think he’s possibly more discussing the time involved in creating what we today might label “healthy marriages.” Unless one “burns with passion” he sees it as costly in regard to time, somehow? …So if you fall in love…(burn with passion?) it’s acceptable. But…one shouldn’t stress over it I guess?? Or perhaps instead, it’s that one shouldn’t ignore/repress their pain and be lonely…but one also shouldn’t date obviously wrong people just to avoid being alone. Obviously wrong people. There are lots of lovable, healthy but reasonably flawed people one can fall in love with. And perhaps being picky and/but genuinely wise is key.
…The thing also is: Satan hates us. Worse than hates us, actually. And he was there watching when Adam and Eve had beyond what we would consider normal orgasms in perfect ecstasy devoting themselves to each other possibly for eternity. …And possibly he didn’t…like that. *laugh* Be careful to make sure you’re not getting advice from him. He might still be ticked off about it.