There are a lot of relatively sound religious rules to live by, according to some old books, but when it comes to sex the rules aren't only endless, they're ridiculous and sometimes completely absurd. From curbing sexual impulses for your own spouse, to God-sanctioned one-night stands, to an afterlife of virgin-filled orgies, here are the top thirteen weirdest religious sex rules and beliefs courtesy of the biggest religions on Earth. Believe it or not but nothing about dry humping is on this list.
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Fundamentalist Islam: Martyrs are Rewarded with 72 Virgins
Before we even get started, it's important to consider Family Guy's take on the situation. Watch the video on the left for what can possibly be waiting for suicide bombers when they reach their afterlife.
It would be awesome.
According to the Hadith, a collection of sayings generally contributed to Muhammad, number 2,562 of the collection Sunan al- Tirmidhi reads, "The least [reward] for the people of Heaven is 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome of pearls, aquamarine and ruby."
Perhaps the term "wives" is less specific than "virgins," but in Islamic tradition, it's basically expected that women save their virginities for their husbands. Unless they've had a sigheh already, which under these conditions, I'm guessing they have...
Here's what you never really consider, though. Are these the same 72 hot-enough-to-warrant-killing-yourself, somehow-immortal-and-indestructible chicks for everyone else? Or is this where women go in the afterlife? Being one of the servants in Islamic heaven would surely suck. Do they draw straws?
Either way, a man who needs 72 virgin wives at his every beck and call has a LOT more in mind than raising children, getting some kick-ass cooking and being yelled at. Dude has some crazy s**t planned that probably involves a system of pulleys.
Either way, if you believe in Fundamentalist Islam it's really quite awesome and definitely something to look forward to. Think about it. If you can realistically swallow the ideology, get behind it and live it right, it definitely should make life a little more like a Friday than the whole "waiting to die" mentality. Having something to look forward to that's THAT awesome might have its upsides. For example...
Catholicism: Our Priests Aren't Pedophiles, They're Gay... So It's Okay to Molest Kids
While this may not be a rule stated by The Bible itself, it is one that is accepted by Catholics everywhere because the group that has become their delegate to the media has not only stated it, but fought for it and justified it to high heavens -- which makes it that much crazier that some people believe this.
According to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic league, the crisis in the Catholic Church is not pedophile priests, but rather, homosexual priests.
Donahue claims that 80% of victims are male and past puberty, and hence, count as young adults (12 - 17) rather than children.
So basically, according to the Catholic League, if you're old enough to be reading Fear Street instead of Goosebumps, you're officially qualified to be touched anywhere by your local Priest.
... Which makes perfect sense...
Judaism: Women Not to Contact Husbands During Period
A "Niddah" in orthodox Jewish culture is a woman on her period, and according to Jewish law, husband and wife have to be separated during the "Niddah's" menstruation.
The Torah holds that a man is not permitted to have sex with his wife when she is a "Niddah."
It's not unheard of for couples to abstain from sex during the woman's period, but usually because they just did laundry, not because of a Jewish restriction that takes it to a whole new level.
Also, this was probably a rule that traditional comics like Henry Youngman would have appreciated being more of a norm "Take my wife... no really, please."
Islam: Temporary Weekend Marriages (For Sex)
Sex outside of marriage is prohibited by law in Iran, but Islam offers an excellent loophole. A loophole that would mean a lot more people would be getting married (and then divorced) at an early age if this loophole existed under any of the Judeo-Christian belief systems.
"Sigheh" is the tradition of temporary marriage, and the only requirement is a permit for the period of the relationship (both parties agree to a time limit) and often, a dowry payment to the woman. It's kind of like buying a car, only the car can give birth.
"Sigheh" can last anywhere from five minutes to 99 years, and often it isn't even registered with the government or the church. According to Elaine Sciolino, "Sigheh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak."
Hey, where there's a will there's a way. Some twosomes have even retained the permit in order to live and work in close quarters or comingle in public, in a completely platonic sense of course or at least until their marriage expires.
In some ways, this is a lot more realistic and forgiving than that whole "til death do us part" thing. In some ways, it's actually cooler. Who wouldn't want to live under the rule of a "'Til we decide this is no longer a good idea" as part of marriage vows? *Sheepishly raises hand...*
Paganism: Group Masturbation Rituals for the Crops
Ancient paganist groups in the Middle East often conducted mass sex ceremonies in order to increase their productivity. Because nothing helps you get through that "2PM feeling" faster than sex (or 5 Hour Energy.)
The most successful members of the group would lead the enormous display of mutual masturbation, and every individual would try and reach climax at the same time as the most productive leaders -- keep in mind, this was before the advent of crackers.
This group orgasm was, then, meant to elicit a favorable response from the fertility Gods above, and set the stage for good farming during the growing season.
Every botanist of sound body and mind knows that in order for your sunflowers to grow in the correct, upward position with fertile seeds, you need to m********e in front of at least 10 other people. C'mon people, it's science.
Wicca: Sex as the Great Rite
Basically, sex to Wiccans is the religious equivalent of if you did your taxes way ahead of time and even included that contracting job you did. It's the most sacred thing ever. Which makes me question my own belief systems now...
In the Wiccan tradition, the Great Rite is a spiritual and symbolic connection between the high priest and high priestess. Basically it would be like if Priests HAD to have sex with an alterperson (of age, of course) in front of everyone just to properly execute the day's prayers.
This "Great Rite" is acted out by either having physical intercourse or a symbolic kind of intercourse that involves piercing a knife into a chalice filled with wine. It actually sounds like it would be a lot less wasteful to go the good old fashioned way and just do it in front of everyone. But who knows, some people just enjoy stabbing stuff.
In Wiccan doctrine, the Great Rite also represents the creation of the world, which makes the ritual even more sacred and important, which also makes Wicca one of the most sexually healthy religions on Earth.
Islam: Cheating is Worse Than Murder
According to the Hadith, "There is nothing which God abhors more than adultery."
Having sex with someone else's spouse is worse than murder? Or rape? That's one hell of a statement.
It definitely puts the premise of the movie "Hall Pass", and probably the movie itself, as one of the most heinous and sacrilegious plots to any movie ever made.
Seriously, this movie (in any heavily Muslim-powered countries) will probably not only get banned, but protested.
If the Westboro Baptist Church protested The Da Vinci Code's premiere, their Muslim equivalent should probably also be at the premiere of Hall Pass.
Judaism: Sex May Not Be Used as a Weapon
Okay, so this one's less weird and more absolutely freaking awesome.
Judaism is a more sexually liberal religion than many of its counterparts, including Catholicism, Christianity, and Islam. It definitely takes the prize in that not only does it have some pretty liberal rules about doing it, but you also have rules that actually cater to sexual health in loving relationships (weird, right?)
According to Jewish law, sex may never be used as a weapon against a spouse, either by depriving the spouse of sex or by compelling it. It is a serious offense to use sex (or lack thereof) to punish or manipulate a spouse.
*Jewish men everywhere rejoice*