And that even within marriage, sex wasn't always something that Christians were taught to enjoy and cherish.A woman is condemned to wear a chastity belt in this miniature from Gratian's Decretum, a 12th century textbook on church doctrine.The Middle Ages was also a "golden era" for gay poetry, especially between members of the clergy.
The church also had very specific requirements for what type of sex married couples could have.
On behalf of women everywhere, thank GOODNESS we're past that stage.
Other than a some heavy admonishments against lust and against divorce, the Jesus of the Bible didn't have a lot to say about issues of sexuality.
It was a radical departure from Jewish teachings that the disciples would have been familiar with.
But it makes sense -- what was the point of getting tied up with worldly responsibilities, like taking care of a spouse, children and a household, when the end of the world was near? Paul, a celibate Christian leader who wrote most of the New Testament, thought of practicing celibacy as taking the higher road towards God, since it allows Christians to concentrate wholly on things of the spirit.