So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…” (Genesis 1:27-28)
Can you think of one reason outside of this text why there should be such a thing as male and female? Why is there sexual intercourse? It is the most awkward and disadvantageous way of ensuring the survival of your species. When did some organism throw away the ability to reproduce itself and decide to limit itself to only half the code needed to propagate itself? Sex is a recipe for evolutionary disaster. Someone gave this example: ‘if sex was like reading a book, you would have to buy two copies, rip the pages out, and make a new copy by combining half the pages from one and half from the other, tossing a coin at each page to decide which original to take a page from and which to throw away.’ No wonder that those who reject – without any evidence – the existence of a Creator struggle to make sense of male, female and sex. It is the biggest problem in evolutionary theory and there are many competing theories: ‘the Lottery Principle’, ‘the Tangled Bank Hypothesis’, ‘the DNA Repair Hypothesis’, and I kid you not, ‘the Red Queen Hypothesis’. Silly theories aside, Jesus Himself and our text give a far better explanation. God made them male and female in order to multiply. Simple. And when you really think about it, not only is there no competing explanation, it makes perfect sense of all the data we have. But why did God do it this way? Because male and female and sexual intercourse are an image of Him. It is about being in the image of the One who is a Diverse Unity. It is designed to point us to our Creator and adore Him. Sexual intercourse is for worship. There are few miracles that have ever occurred to the human mind, more spectacular, more breathtaking than sexual procreation. The miracle of how one sperm cell forms with one egg cell to produce the cell we know as a zygote, which, nine months later, will become a newborn human being, was described by one doctor like this: “The mere existence of that cell should be one of the greatest astonishments of the earth. People ought to be walking around all day, all through their waking hours, calling to each other in endless wonderment, talking of nothing except that cell….” You exist because of that miracle. Out of about 280 million other sperm cells that tried to reach the egg, you are the product of the one that did! Since male and female and sexual intercourse reflects God, little wonder that our God-hating world tries so hard to ruin His image through distorted sex and gender disorientation. Pray that God would help your sexuality be an expression of adoration of Him and rightly reflect Him.