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                                        Extraordinary And Immaculate Feminine Beauty,
                                   A Blessing, Or An Instigator Of Jealousy And Temptation?
                                                           Article dT

                           
           Concerning extraordinary and immaculate feminine beauty, is such something that can only wickedly allure men
    and make ordinary women jealous, or can it be a blessing to humanity in general?  Following are several Scriptures
    pertaining to pleasing feminine beauty, although not necessarily so extraordinary;      dT-1

           (Ecc of Sir 36:22)  "The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance, and a man loveth nothing better".  
    (Apocrypha Scripture, note this verse was included in Bibles a few hundred years ago).      dT-2

           (2 Sam 1:24)  "Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on
    ornaments of gold upon your apparel."      dT-3

           Jeremiah 2:32 "Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire?..."      dT-4

           (Revelation 21:2) "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared
    as a bride adorned for her husband."      dT-5

           It is very interesting that most Scriptures that use the word "bride" happen to be speaking of her adorning herself or
    of special joys because of her.       dT-6

           Following are now given Scriptures which pertain to very magnificent and immaculate feminine beauty, and
    beyond what most women possess;      dT-7

           (1 King 1:3-4)  "So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a
    Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 And the damsel was very fair...".       dT-8

           (Esther 2:2-3) "Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for
    the king: 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair
    young virgins unto Shushan the palace...".      dT-10

           (Judith 10:3-4&19&23, 11:20-21) "...and [Judith] anointed herself with precious ointment, and braided the hair of
    her head, and put on a tire upon it, and put on her garments of gladness... 4 And she took sandals upon her feet, and put
    about her her bracelets, and her chains, and her rings, and her earrings, and all her ornaments, and decked herself
    bravely, to allure the eyes of all men that should see her. 19 And they wondered at her beauty, and admired the children
    of Israel because of her, and every one said to his neighbour, Who would despise this people, that have among them
    such women?... 23 And when Judith was come before him and his servants, they all marveled at the beauty of her
    countenance... 11:20 ...And said, 21 There is not such a woman from one end of the earth to the other, both for beauty
    of face, and wisdom of words."  (Apocrypha Scripture, note this was in our Bibles a few hundred years ago.)      dT-11

           (Song 6:1&8-9&13) "Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women?...8 There are threescore queens,
    and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. 9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her
    mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the
    concubines, and they praised her. 13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee...".  Note,
    how these Jewish women instead of being jealous, praised this exceptionally beautiful woman.  Song Solomon 7 then
    continues on and describes this beautiful Shulamite in a manner as some might call verbal pornography.       dT-12

           Concerning extraordinary and immaculate beauty, such as Queen Esther displayed and which numerous Scriptures
    portray, is such beauty something that can only wickedly allure men and make ordinary women jealous, or can it be a
    blessing to humanity in general?  Regarding feminine beauty, we see very great differences in our world today in dealing
    with it.  Some Muslim women must go about in gloomy black fabric, with only their eyes visible and largely looking like
    a gloomy bag of beans, while in other societies women enhance their beauty for all to admire.  Regarding famous Queen
    Esther, it is noteworthy that she replaced a queen who was rejected because she had refused to come forth to show her
    special beauty to the King's guests.  In one of the above Scriptures, King David told the Jewish women to weep for the
    deceased one who had made possible they could be clothed and adorned so beautifully.  God's people of Israel in
    ancient times, quite obviously did not consider exceptional and magnificent feminine beauty to be merely an evil
    temptation to men and an evil cause of jealousy to women, as at times it was quite honored and revealed in their
    society.       dT-13

           It is clear that men naturally appreciate magnificent feminine beauty, while if most women then are only made
    jealous and upset by men's appreciation for exceptional beauty, as Queen Esther displayed and which numerous
    Scriptures portray, this obviously makes difficulties for both men and women.  In our society the expectations of many
    women obviously are very different than what they were in old times in Israel, as in that society Godly men often had
    numerous wives and women expected such.  How would women who are so fanatically jealous over their husbands
    admiration and awe have fitted into that society?  Holy women among the Israelites, were not near as jealous and
    possessive regarding their husbands, as many non religious women are about their boyfriends and husbands in our
    society today.  Is this jealousy increased because of many women in our day being trained to expect their boyfriend or
    husband to think they are the only and most beautiful, and because many non religious couples have nothing to secure
    them to their mate, but how they rate on the beauty scale?  God intends couples to be very kind and considerate of each
    other, and that their relation should be permanent, and far more secure than just based on beauty.  That is why God
    ordained the order of marriage, which is an ordinance that encourages and largely requires mates to remain together for
    life, for the reason of making a secure union for both the mates and the children they might have.  Divorce often times is
    a very poor solution, and God would have a much better one, if people could simply let go of their anger, and learn to
    forgive and to be open hearted and kind and considerate.       dT-14

           Concerning exceptionally magnificent beauty, such as Queen Esther displayed and the Song of Solomon speaks of,
    it is clear that realizing and admiring it (even on mere photos), can motivate the good husband to additionally love his
    wife and to desire to please, and be with her, even if not as beautiful as such.  Seeing a most beautiful rose at it's very
    best, can readily cause one to more highly esteem all roses and including a less beautiful rose, as it truly is still a rose.  
    Yet when a wife, does not understand or respect her husband's natural appreciation for extraordinary and magnificent
    feminine beauty, and rather in a jealous anger rejects and condemns him for it, it is possible that the husband will begin
    to withdraw from her and to even replace her with displays of exceptional beauty and masturbation, rather than desiring
    and loving her because of the inspiration of beauty.  It is very sad when the extraordinary and immaculate feminine
    beauty as is verbally displayed in our Bibles, drives couples apart rather than binding them together.  It appears some
    wives in our day do very little to be attractive, while yet largely expecting their husbands to only appreciate their
    feminine appearance and to imagine they are the most beautiful, while in old times in Israel women did not even expect
    to be the only wife.  These obviously must believe women gained vital new rights and heights in the Christian era, but
    how about men?  How does God look at all this?  Concerning being jealous about beauty, how many women have a
    little in common with the wicked queen in the old tale of "Snow White"?      dT-15

           Yet excessiveness in any area of life is harmful.  Concerning magnificent beauty as Queen Esther and the Jewish
    Shulamite displayed, men obviously can be very excessive in their desire for and admiring of such.  The husband who
    continuously or excessively admires magnificent feminine displays (even feminine displays as are described in our Holy
    Bibles), can become calloused and desensitized in a manner that can make it hard for his wife to attract and arouse him,
    and intimacy can be lost rather than enhanced, and they can become sadly alienated from one another.  This is
    especially true if the husband has also given himself to solo orgasms.  In trying to get too much fulfillment from sex, a
    husband may continually need change and new things to be stimulated, and may turn to bizarre and perverted sexual
    displays and manners to stimulate himself, and normal and healthy sex can be sadly lost.  Wives clearly have the right to
    rebuke and complain about such behavior, as it is very wrong.  Yet when a wife despises or rejects her husband because
    of his natural desire for magnificent beauty (as even the Scriptures display), rather than being considerate of such, this
    can readily drive a painful wedge between them, and the husband in frustration and dissatisfaction may turn to excess
    with his visual desires.  Yet excess is never healthy and rather harms and deadens.  Any special food eaten with excess
    loses it's rich flavor, and will taste better after a bit of abstinence.  Such is also true regarding sexual appetites.  Yet just
    because people can eat too much, obviously don't mean they should not eat at all.  Being caught up with sexual errors
    and excesses can also be like having a case of poison ivy, which although feeling good while being itched, obviously is
    not a blessing.       dT-16

           Concerning excess, women also can be excessive with trying to be beautiful or being the most beautiful, even
    though men do appreciate such beauty.  Although a woman may be very beautiful, she can still be a very nasty and
    unwanted companion, if she is often argumentive and angry.  Further a kind and loving smile can do much more for a
    woman's beauty than expensive adornments can do.  It obviously does not take expensive clothing and jewelry to make
    a woman beautiful and pleasing.  Thus New Testament Scriptures teach Christian women's unique person should come
    from within rather than from without, and from having a magnificent inner attitude, and rebukes excessive and expensive
    adornment.  Yet the Bible nowhere says exceptional and magnificent feminine beauty is evil, or something that must be
    shunned and avoided.  A wife with discretion and who knows how much special feminine beauty means to her husband,
    will be very considerate of such.       dT-17

           Regarding dance in ancient times in Israel, 2 Samuel 6:20&23 makes some surprising statements in the Greek.  
    This Scripture in the Greek reads, "...and Michel the daughter of Saul went to meet David, and greeted him and said,  
    How glorious was the King of Israel today, who uncovered today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, like as
    uncovering uncovereth one of the dancers.  21 And David answered Michel, before the Lord I danced, ...and I will
    uncover yet as this, and I will be useless in your eyes, and with the maids, which you spoke of I will be honored." David
    here while dancing or preparing to dance must have uncovered himself in a manner that Michal did not think was
    honorable for her special husband the King of Israel to here have done, although some dancers or dances were known
    for such uncovering, and which dances likely pertained to women rather than to men.  Although Michal rebuked David
    as this, quite obviously David here did not do anything he felt was evil before His God, as David here was in the process
    of moving the Holy Ark of the Covenant, while even further shortly before this time Uzzah was slain for his misconduct
    in moving this very Ark, and thus David would naturally have been extra careful with his behavior.  This is a note
    worthy fact.  Yet Michal made quite a revealing comment in her accusation to David saying, "who uncovered today in
    the eyes of the maids of his servants, like as uncovering uncovereth one of the dancers"?  While David further made
    quite a statement in his reply saying "before the Lord I danced, ...and I will uncover yet as this, and I will be useless in
    your eyes, and with the maids, which you spoke of I will be honored."  If uncovering in dance was thought wicked and
    vile in their society as it is among many today, why did David at this crucial time dance as he did, and then answer
    Michal as he did?  In considering this Scripture it should also be noticed how David clearly did not honor Michal's anger
    or jealousy.       dT-18

           Another Scripture that appears to pertain to some ancient dances in Israel reads, "Come back, come back, O
    Shulammite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you! Why would you gaze on the Shulammite as on the
    dance of Mahanaim?   How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince's daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the
    work of a craftsman's hands.  Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of
    wheat encircled by lilies.  Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle." (NIV Song 6:13-7:3)  Note, although
    English translations have a disruptive chapter break within the above text, the original Hebrew and Greek do not and
    rather the first several verses of Song of Solomon 7 make up all this text.  Also note that although the KJV does not use
    the word dance in the above text, most English translations do, and according to the context and according to the
    Hebrew and Greek text the word dance does fit very properly.  What was the dance of Mahanaim, which this dance or
    exhibit appears was likened to?       dT-20

           It is obvious that exposure was not thought of as incredible in ancient Israel as it is by many in our day.  In ancient
    Israel the prophets sometimes significantly stripped (possibly to portray hardships), which stripping King David
    obviously was aware of.  King Saul did this stripping, and was said to be naked together with the prophets, when he
    came to seek David at Naioth in Ramah (1 Sam 19:24).  Famous Prophet Isaiah appears to even have prophesied totally
    nude for three years as a sign of upcoming hardships (Isaiah 20:2-4).  Apostle Peter appears to have been quite
    unclothed while fishing, the Bible saying he was naked and meaning at least quite unclothed.  Yes, our religious society
    is very different than was theirs, and rather appears to be the other extreme.       dT-21

           There obviously are dreadful extremes concerning this subject.  Some very influential yet erring early Christian
    leaders were so extreme about clothing and covering that they taught women's faces should even be veiled.  These were
    not only bizarre about covering and clothing as such, but also were so negative about sexual things that they restricted
    sex in marriage to strictly honest reproductive endeavors.  These counted sex even in marriage a disgrace and largely
    disallowed it in marriage, and according to their rules marriage ended up largely being a place were temptation would
    abound, and had Paul believed as they, he instead of saying "it is better to marry than to burn", should have said "it is
    better to stay away from marriage than to burn".  Their false emphasis in due time disallowed marriage for church
    elders, and still has many women being wrongly veiled around our world.  Why all this when Apostle Paul advocated sex
    in marriage is honorable in all, and advocated that husbands and wives should not defraud each other sexually, and
    classified disallowing marriage with the doctrines of Devils?  Further Paul according to the original Greek appears to
    have reproved the oppressive veiling of the Greek women, teaching that women's long hair is a necessary and glorious
    covering to woman and given instead of a veil.       dT-22

           Note the things discussed above are further considered in the allegory, "Little Sally and Her Beautiful Rose" found
    at "BiblicalSexuality.com", and in numerous other articles at that site.         dT-23

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