Why Are They So Obsessed With Sex?
For the same reason that the whole world is obsessed with sex -- because they are carnally-minded.
“The whole singleness is sin, militant fecundity, daughters in love with their fathers until marriage happens, betrothals and such—-it all has a root in their preoccupation with sex (or lack of it).”
Well, yes. That’s because almost everything that has happened since the Fall has procreation as its motivating force.
All creatures, including man, have certain instincts which are put in place to insure the survival of the species.
These insincts are alive and well in modern man — the sex drive itself (and its cultural expressions as seen in the varied courting and marriage customs of mankind) is an obvious example, but our drive to acquire and protect resources and territory, which is the basis for every economic system on earth and which accounts for the majority of mankind’s wars, stems from a man’s basic urge to protect his progeny and ensure that they survive and are not supplanted by ANOTHER man’s progeny (and here we also see the basis of kinism.)
Early man, once he had forgotten God and started to worship idols, fashioned gods for himself that reflected the urges behind his ideals. Since men had forgotten God, their lives had become “nasty, brutish and short”, and procreation was the best thing that happened to them. Likewise, mother-love was the closest thing in pagan man's experience to the unselfish, agape God-love that he so keenly missed but didn’t realize that he missed, and so he deified these things.
That’s how the fertility cults sprang up — man tends to deify the best things in his experience, and in the absence of God, procreation and mother-love and family were natural substitutes.
Since families (and by extension, villages, towns and nations) have to be fed, man created gods of the hunt, and later invented gods of agriculture and commerce — enter Mammon! Since families and their means of production need protection from those who would seek by force to better their families’ lot in life, Heroism, and fighting to defend and better one’s own and one’s people’s interests were deified as well, in the role of the Warrior/Protector.
So it went for all of the world’s cultures except for the Jews, who retained some contact with God, although even their perception of Him remained flawed by Original Sin.
Then along came Jesus.
Jesus approved of marriage, He blessed children, and He recognised the need for families in this earthly life, but He also taught that there was something MORE, something GREATER than mere continuance of earthly life, and He turned the old paradigm of procreation and acquisition on its ear, saying things like:
Mat 5:38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Mat 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.