“There is a certain relationship between love and the Divine: love promises infinity, eternity – a reality far greater and totally other than our everyday existence.”
— Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 5
Learning to love in the image of God
Since the dawn of time, people have struggled to understand and steward their sexuality. Sexual sin–or brokenness–affects everyone, even as it impacts every person uniquely. Indeed, sexual brokenness is so common that many people see it as normal. That is, people have come to believe that the difficult, confusing and painful way we often experience our sexuality is the way it was meant to be.
At Brushfires, we believe that sexual brokenness stems from the dis-integration of the core components of our beings that comes through sin. Healing and wholeness occur when we reintegrate body, mind and spirit through a vibrant, compelling, biblical understanding of our creation as embodied persons. This integrated sexual ethic is what we mean by the phrase authentic sexuality.
Authentic sexuality operates in harmony with God’s nature and His revealed intent for our lives. Despite the sexual brokenness we often feel, God has written this eternal identity into our nature as male and female—made in the image of the Triune God. The distinctions and complementarities of the sexes, the inseparable closeness of the one-flesh marital union, the self-gifting model of love and service demonstrated by Christ are signs pointing to our true calling as God’s beloved sons and daughters. Our God-given identity is the starting point and continual guide for all aspects of our lives, including how we steward our sexuality.
We live in a sexually confused and painful world. Exploitation and heartache abound. People have become slaves to their desires. Much of what we see, read and hear every day is fabricated in order to manipulate our emotions, attitudes and wallets. The world is looking for authenticity and needs it nowhere as much as in the sexual realm. Our goal is to introduce an authentic teaching about sexuality, relationships and the whole person that leads people to love in the image of God.
Copyright © 2013, Daniel Weiss. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Dig deeper with the following resources:
The Divine Marriage: God’s Purpose and Design for Human Sexuality
A biblical exploration of what we mean by “authentic sexuality,” by Dr. David Kyle Foster. Used with permission.
An introduction to Theology of the Body
This extended outline by Fr. Roger Landry will help those who want to quickly become familiar with the main themes of Theology of the Body.
God is Love
Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical letter on the meaning of Christian love, delivered on December 25, 2005.
The Truth And Meaning Of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family
This is a fantastic primer on the blessings of a home open to honest and authentic sexual education. Hard copies can also be purchased through our online store.
The Colorado Statement on Biblical Sexual Morality
In 2000, a diverse team of diverse Bible scholars formulated a biblical teaching on sexuality. This document details their findings.
Educational Guidance in Human Love
This document includes includes appropriate guidelines for sex education toward an integrated formation of the human person.
A pastoral letter on the role of the Christian family in the modern world delivered by Pope John Paul II on November 22, 1981.
(Links are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement of all the views expressed in these resources.)