Saturday, December 27, 2014

Can the Saved enjoy sex in heaven?

The end of the world is supposedly coming on Saturday. They can't take their pets with them, but can the Saved have sex in heaven?

Can the Saved enjoy sex in heaven?

The end is only two days away. The predicted May 21st apocalypse is supposed to happen by earthquake, according to believers quoted in this interesting story from the Philadelphia Weekly.  And they say you can’t have your pets in heaven, which is making the post-rapture situation look grim whichever way you end up going. 

And what about sex? Without sex heaven could be downright boring. Luckily, I researched this question for a column several years ago:

Eternity is a long time to go without sex.

To some Americans, eyebrows raise at the very idea of suicide bombers believing their heavenly reward will include sex with beautiful virgins. But aren't the 75 percent of Americans who believe in an afterlife concerned that there might not be any sex in their heaven?

Mark Twain thought about this. In "Letters from Earth," he writes of humankind: "He has imagined a heaven and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights — the one ecstasy that stands first and foremost in the hearts of every individual of his race — sexual intercourse!"

For any sane person, he wrote, heaven would be an intolerable bore.

Not so in Islam. The Quran describes a lush garden-like heaven in which each man can be married to a bevy of beautiful dark-eyed females called houri. The passage is open to interpretation, but scholars say these are not earthly girls who died but heavenly creatures and, it would appear, they can be deflowered and then automatically reflower.

Click here to read the rest and find out if your faith allows heavenly hook-ups.

About this blog
Faye Flam - writer
In pursuit of her stories, writer Faye Flam has weathered storms in Greenland, gotten frost nip at the South Pole, and floated weightless aboard NASA’s zero-g plane. She has a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and started her writing career with the Economist. She later took on the particle physics and cosmology beat at Science Magazine before coming to the Inquirer in 1995. Her previous science column, “Carnal Knowledge,” ran from 2005 to 2008. Her new column and blog, Planet of the Apes, explores the topic of evolution and runs here and in the Inquirer’s health section each Monday. Email Faye at fflam@phillynews.com. Reach Planet of the at fflam@phillynews.com.

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