In 2 Nephi 2:25 we read,
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might havejoy."

However, for some reason, since the days of the early monks, Christianshas equated joy with demonic licentious pleasures which in ancient biblicaltimes, generally entailed lascivious, wanton heterosexual promiscuity coupledwith idolatry. Even as late as the 1990's, until 1996 the Baptist sectof the Christian Church strictly prohibited dancing because it would leadto other vices. Although anciently, heterosexual pleasure gave rise topagan fertility worship, modern religious people didn't ban heterosexualitybecause that was the only means of procreation, so they thought at thetime. Rather than prohibit heterosexuality, they prohibited the pleasurederived from sex.

Mankind may not have wanted to know why, but they were intelligent enoughto have known where babies came from. Man -- not woman -- theorized ifwomen enjoyed sex, she may want to have sex and that thought gave way tothe logical conclusion that since man desired sex with several differentwomen, woman would in turn want to have sex with several different men.But man couldn't allow women to enjoy having sex as much as he did.

In an effort to curtail the pleasure women received from sex, therebyvirtually insuring that she would not enjoy having sex with anyone, evenher husband, rather than observing God's natural means of birth control,genital mutilation was instituted by those same men.

Rather than trying to understand why man transgressed the laws of Godanciently and were chastised as a result, it is easier not to use our brainsand to take Christ's words literally when He said,

If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out., and cast it fromthee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

and castrating oneself thinking he had transgressed the laws ofGod. Today men chicken out and instead chose to mutilate females and preventher from transgressing the laws of God. That's the new take, "Pluck outthe splinter in thy brothers eye and forget about the 2 x 4 in your owneye." Even in the United States in the 18th century and until the mid 19thcentury, it was morally taboo for women to enjoy having sex.

One would think that the Mormons would be more enlightened with morescripture than just that erroneously translated and blatantly altered bookknown as the Holy Bible and with the added possibility of receiving divinerevelation. However, for Mormons, so as not to appear devilishly hedonisticand carnal, even non-sexual pleasure outside of a church setting is frownedupon, verboten and highly discouraged.

It is not that God wants man to forgo pleasures he created for mankindto enjoy, He wants man to realize that over indulgence in anything is harmful.God said, "Use moderation in all things."

God also would that man would not only use everything in moderationbut feel good about enjoyment of the pleasures He has provided and thankHim, specifically, for the bounteous pleasures as opposed to building powerless,false images and idols to the pleasure God provided for man to enjoy

David R.W. Wadsworth
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