WARNING: In this post I cannot avoid using certain terms related to sexual intercourse. I’ve used terms that I hope will not cause offense. Still, those who find any and all explicitness distasteful should not read further. In any case, please don’t flag this simply for addressing a sexual aspect of theology – I’ve tried to phrase it as modestly as possible.
Someone on CAF recently inquired about the idea, adhered to by certain Christian sects usually labeled “gnostic”, that sexual climax (and in particular the “climactic spasm”) may have been what is meant by “Adam and Eve’s first sin” – the one that constituted the Fall.
Ridiculous, right? And indeed many users were quick to comment in that other thread that this was silly, baloney, convoluted, heretical, bizarre, etc. And that’s understandable, given that none of the mainstream denominations appear to teach anything like this. The argument could furthermore be made that the text (Genesis 3) simply does not say anything of the sort, and that therefore any attempt to interpret the event involving the apple as a metaphore for something else, is pure speculation. That would be a fair refutation.
But here’s the problem. In Christian theology all humans are born sinful as a consequence of the original sin passed down from Adam and Eve, who committed the first sin. Note: ALL humans inherit the original sin. So it seems clear that all offspring from Adam and Eve were conceived after Adam and Eve had committed the first sin, i.e. after the Fall. Adam and Eve apparently did not conceive any offspring before they had committed the first sin. But why not? It seems that prior to the Fall, Adam and Eve were either not having sexual relations, or they did so without experiencing climax in a way that would lead to conception. This seems to suggest that sexual relations involving climax either constituted the first sin, or followed directly from it.
Much though this may be to the chagrin of those who don’t like the idea, it seems to me that this inference is difficult to refute, which would lend some credence to these ideas.