Saturday, February 8, 2014
What God Has Sealed, Man Must Not Open
"My sister, my bride, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up." Cant. 4:12
God creates people already as virgins, not whores, already sealed up, not to be unsealed until He declares them to be so in the Wedding Liturgy. They are not created to be used of their own accord, according to the will of the flesh, but they are created by God and belong to God to be used for His purposes. God created them and receives them in the Nuptial Liturgy to take care of each other. Marriage is already an icon of Christ and the Church, so all the more appropriate that with this reality, it echoes the Eucharist, the intimacy in the flesh between Christ and the Church, and it's prayer "Tvoya ot Tvoih Tebe prinosyashche o sveh i za vsya.", "Thine Own of Thine Own, we offer unto Thee, on behalf of all and for all."
Marriage is an icon of Christ and the Church, and sex is an icon of the Eucharist. That is what makes the sin of lust, acting like sex is for pleasure, such a grave offense (any kind of lust, ultimately it's all the same). It is not us who "descriminate" against those who support lust (for no one has a "right" to sin or attack God's creation), rather it is them that attack us and desecrate one of the sacraments. It is not the defenders of a sacrament (not an "institution" or "contract", but a sacrament) that commit a crime, but the attackers. Such an argument is just selfishness, and an attack on the beauty that God has created.