The bible reveals that marriage was God’s idea. He was the designer of the male and female genitals and of the female breasts. God made a man and a woman to respond to sexual stimulation by his or her partner so that sexual intercourse could eventually occur with enjoyment resulting in orgasm for both. During sex, the vagina naturally lubricates, and its muscles expand to accommodate a penis. God originally designed the vagina for sex not the anus. Does this mean that anal sexual activity between a husband and wife is a sin?
Is Anal Sex Sodomy?
The concept of sodomy is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. The term itself originates from the story of Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). In this account, a large group of men sought to engage in homosexual acts with two angels who appeared as men. The narrative suggests that these men desired to forcibly engage in anal sex with the angels. Lot did his best to prevent them, but the men persisted in their pursuit. Eventually, the angels intervened, rescuing Lot and causing blindness among the men. While the term “anal sex” is not directly mentioned in the biblical story, anal sex later became associated with the sin of Sodom, leading to the term “sodomy” and its verb form, “sodomize.”
In colloquial usage, the term “sodomy” has expanded to encompass more than just homosexual, anal sex. It now includes “anal or oral copulation with a person of the opposite sex, copulation with a person of the same sex, and bestiality.” Consequently, in modern usage, sodomy, when related to sexual activity within marriage, includes both anal and oral sex.
It is important to note the distinction between the biblical definition and the modern definition of sodomy. In the English language, anal sex falls under the umbrella of sodomy. However, in biblical terminology, sodomy specifically refers to homosexual anal sex. The sin of Sodom, as depicted in the Bible, does not pertain to anal sex between a husband and wife within the context of marriage.
Is Anal Sex Medically Good?
According to an article published by WebMD, a widely recognized and respected source of medical information that provides credible and comprehensive medical news, features, reference materials, and online community programs. The lining of the anus is indeed thinner and lacks natural lubrication compared to the vagina. This makes it more susceptible to tearing during anal intercourse. These tears can create entry points for viruses and bacteria, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV. Studies have indicated that engaging in receptive anal sex poses a significantly higher risk for contracting HIV compared to vaginal sex, with estimates ranging from 17 to 18 times greater risk. Additionally, anal intercourse can increase the likelihood of acquiring human papillomavirus (HPV), which can potentially lead to the development of anal warts and anal cancer.
The medical professionals assert that anal sexual intercourse within marriage is not advised due to associated risks. The anus was not designed for penile entry, while the vagina was specifically designed for that purpose.
What does the Bible say about anal sex?
The Bible does not provide an explicit list of what sexual activities are allowed or prohibited within a marital relationship. When evaluating the permissibility of sexual acts between a husband and wife, we can consider the following questions:
- Is it explicitly forbidden in the Bible? The Bible does not mention anal sex, so we cannot specifically label it as a sin. We should exercise caution and refrain from declaring something a sin when the Bible does not explicitly address it. Anal sex is not required or prohibited in the Bible.
- Does it align with God’s design and intention? The anus lacks the natural lubrication and elasticity of the vagina, which can make it more prone to tearing and injury during penetration.
- Does it respect the physical and emotional well-being of both partners? We should consider whether the sexual act promotes health, safety, and mutual consent, avoiding harm or coercion.
- Does it foster love (Ephesians 5:25-29), respect, and intimacy within the marital relationship? We can evaluate whether the sexual act enhances the emotional and relational bond between spouses and reflects selfless love (Ephesians 5:25) and respect.
- Does it honor the conscience and personal boundaries of both partners? We should respect and consider each spouse’s comfort level, personal convictions, and boundaries in relation to the sexual act. (Rom 14:19-23)
- Does it avoid exploitation, objectification, or dehumanization? We should ensure that the sexual act respects the dignity and worth of each spouse, refraining from any form of exploitation or devaluation.(Matthew 6:25-26)
- Does anal sex bring the husband and wife together? Sexual intimacy unifies a husband and wife. (1 Corinthians 7:5)
Husbands are to love their wives as “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Husbands, then, are to lay down their lives, not make sexual demands according to selfish pleasure.
It is important to approach these questions prayerfully, seeking wisdom and discernment, and engaging in open and honest communication with your spouse. Ultimately, couples should strive to cultivate a healthy and mutually satisfying sexual relationship within the framework of love, respect, and honoring God’s principles.