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What does this passage mean?

Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:14 am +0000

I don't understand what the part in bold means. Namely the pairing of the title "pleasure lures" with what follows. could somebody help me out, please?

Sex association is natural, but marriage is social and has always been regulated by the mores. The mores (religious, moral, and ethical), together with property, pride, and chivalry, stabilize the institutions of marriage and family. Whenever the mores fluctuate, there is fluctuation in the stability of the home-marriage institution. Marriage is now passing out of the property stage into the personal era. Formerly man protected woman because she was his chattel, and she obeyed for the same reason. Regardless of its merits this system did provide stability. Now, woman is no longer regarded as property, and new mores are emerging designed to stabilize the marriage-home institution:

1. The new role of religion—the teaching that parental experience is essential, the idea of procreating cosmic citizens, the enlarged understanding of the privilege of procreation—giving sons to the Father.

2. The new role of science—procreation is becoming more and more voluntary, subject to man's control. In ancient times lack of understanding insured the appearance of children in the absence of all desire therefor.

3. The new function of pleasure lures—this introduces a new factor into racial survival; ancient man exposed undesired children to die; moderns refuse to bear them.

4. The enhancement of parental instinct—each generation now tends to eliminate from the reproductive stream of the race those individuals in whom parental instinct is insufficiently strong to insure the procreation of children, the prospective parents of the next generation.

The Urantia Book, (84:7.1)

Re: What does this passage mean?

Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:37 am +0000

Prior to women's liberation, it was understood that the imperious sexual urge of men would lead husbands into infidelity, but wives were to remain pure as a means of preserving the blood line of her lord and master. Now, "woman is no longer regarded as property, and new mores are emerging designed to stabilize the marriage-home institution" since women won't put up with that kind of double standard. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. So I'd suggest that this refers to umpteen kinds of birth control, such as the sponge, the diaphragm, the pill and the patch that would allow women to mess around without dire effect of "undesired children" thus stabilizing the marriage-home institution which is, after all, a civil arrangement. Abortion, too, would factor in here since "moderns refuse to bear them."

But I could certainly be wrong.

Re: What does this passage mean?

Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:40 pm +0000

Thanks Gerdean,
Do you think that the writers of the Papers look approvingly upon such methods of birth control that allow people to engage in sexual acts without consequences?
Which leads me to ask what Universe attitudes toward pre-marital sex in general are?
The Revelators can be inscrutable in the more objective passages which merely recount facts. Also, they are not God, but I figure they have some insight into Divine thinking that we may lack, even as we mortals have our own insight into his love.

Re: What does this passage mean?

Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:31 pm +0000

It would be entirely presumptuous of me to think I could know what the revelators think, but there are clues in the Papers, particularly the three Marriage Papers (82, 83 and 84), where we learn that "The basic type of self-gratification, aside from appeasing hunger, is sex gratification." In Dangers of Self-Gratification (84.8.6), they say:

"Let man enjoy himself; let the human race find pleasure in a thousand and one ways; let evolutionary mankind explore all forms of legitimate self-gratification, the fruits of the long upward biologic struggle. Man has well earned some of his present-day joys and pleasures. But look you well to the goal of destiny! Pleasures are indeed suicidal if they succeed in destroying property, which has become the institution of self-maintenance; and self-gratifications have indeed cost a fatal price if they bring about the collapse of marriage, the decadence of family life, and the destruction of the home — man’s supreme evolutionary acquirement and civilization’s only hope of survival."

Thus we could conclude that, no, the revelators do not care if mortals engage in sex for pleasure and if they utilize sundry forms of birth control to manage the potential social ramifications of their dalliances. As long as we keep our eye on the prize.

On that note, see also The Spirit and the Flesh on page 382 where we learn that those who would enter the spirit kingdom enjoy comparative deliverance from the slave-bondage of the flesh in the enlightened and liberating service of wholehearted devotion to doing the will of the Father in heaven. "Faith sons work on intellectual levels and live on spiritual planes far above the conflicts produced by unrestained or unnatural physical desires. The normal urges of animal beings and the natural appetites and impulses of the physical nature are not in conflict with even the highest spiritual attainment except in the minds of ignorant, mistaught, or unfortunately overconscientious persons."
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