Do not commit adultery. (Exodus 20.14)
In Gnostic Christianity, our sexual energy and relationship are considered sacred and holy. Lovemaking between committed partners who love, respect, and honor one another is considered a sacrament of life and a direct reflection of the sacred dance between Lord Yeshua and Lady Mary Magdalene—the Bridegroom and Holy Bride. Thus, among Sophians, intimate and personal relationships are considered a great blessing to be cherished and cultivated.
Orthodox and fundamental forms of Christianity speak of human beings conceived in "origin,., sin," as do some of the more dualistic ar.d radical sects of Gnosticism. However, many forms of Gnostic Christianity, including Sophian Gnosticism, feel that all life is conceived in original blessing. While sexuality among most creatures < urely for the purpose of the orocreative act and continuance of the species, among humans it i- much more than this. It is nurturance, intimacy, and a playful and creative affair. In essence, from the Sophian perspective, it is a special blessing that reflects something divine within our humanity, specifically when lovemaking occurs between two committed partners.
!:-. the Kabbalah there arc teachings called the Arayot, which is basi-cally a lorm of sexual mysticism. The most essential idea involved is tl .11 one's lover is a physical manifestation of the Beloved, and receiving one's lover as the divine in physical form, one may experience the embrace of the Beloved in the act of making love. Men are taught to identify with Yahweh or Lord Ycshua, and women are taught to identify with the Shekinah or Lady Mary Magdalene,- in so doing, their love-making becomes a spiritual practice and vehicle of the light-presence. There are even methods taught through which a husband and wife might draw in a soul of a higher grade while seeking to conceive a child together. However, all of these arts of sacred lovemaking are founded upon a committed relationship in which two people arc truly in love and honor and respect or.e another. This is what separates human sexuality from bestiality in the Gnostic view.
Adultery is basically a misdirection of one's sexual or desire-energy. According to he Kabbalah, adultery and idolatry' are fundamentally the same. In adultery, one directs one's desire towards someone other than one's partner or spouse (the beloved). In idolatry, one's desire is directed towaids something other than divine being (the Beloved). Both activities serve to undermine one's deepest desire for intimacy and union and to destroy a sacred relationship. In terms of sex apart from love ami commitment, we turn a person into an object of our desire and no real intimacy is involved—hence the idolairy ol adultery. Thus, this commandment encourages the development and preservation of a sacred relationship and the awareness of our trje desire in relationship, as well as our being conscious of how we direct our desire-energy. in the Sophian view, there is nothing wrong with desire, in and of itself. Yet, what our desire becomes and where it carries us is all a matter ol hew skillfully we direct it. There is a saying in the edition that reflects this: ' You will become what your heart desires and what you most love.'
There is certainly something to be said regarding the consequences of betraying the sanctuary of a committed relationship. Typically speaking, we not only hurt ourselves and those immediately involved,- we hurt others as well. Likewise, there is always a question of the spiritual forces we bring into play in any act that may generate negativity. In essence the commandments ask us how we want to live, what we want to bring into this life, and what sort of experience we wish to create ior ourselves and others. All authentic spiritual teachings will encourage us to ask these questions, to look and see what is ultimately beneficial to ourselves and others.
There is no doctrine concerning divorce among Sophians, for there are certainly more extreme circumstances in which it becomes necessary. Instead, Sophian teachings encourage committed relationships and speak of the sacredness of relationships and human sexuality. Likewise, there is no doctrine that distinguishes between committed heterosexual relationships or committed gay or lesbian relationships. Rather, love, commitment, and respect of oneself and one's lover is universally encouraged. Ulti ateiy, each person must discern what is right and true for her- or himself. The Commandments serve as a ground of contemplation and a guide.
Put in a simple way we may read this commandment as: Honor the sacredness oj sexuality and the sanctuary oj true love.
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