In most of my blog posts I try to answer questions we face in life. In this post I cannot say I have definitively found the answer to the question at hand in the Word. I have heard it suggested both in television comedy and stand-up comedy: “Men are pigs! All they ever think about is sex! All they care about is their own primeval instincts!” Is there any validity to this hypothesis? Is there any Biblical reference to this? Let us pursue the answers.
Charles Darwin hypothesized that the male of every species has a natural predisposition to mate with every available female in order to perpetuate his genetic line. He also surmized that the dominant male would earn the right to mate via some sort of competition, proving his worthiness (Natural selection1). But is this true in humans?
At the very beginning of the earth’s creation, God commanded man: “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Gen 1:28), so I think that it may be natural that men would have this urge. Cultures throughout history have embraced the idea of having more than one wife, but Christianity commands us to have only one and to be loyal to that one wife.
The sixth commandment states “Thou shalt not commit adultery“. (Gen 20:14). Dictionary.com defines adultery as: “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse“. Christ warned us about adultery in the heart. (Matt 5:27-28) So if it is wrong for a man to even look at a woman with the least little lust in his heart, why did God make us, like the other animals, with this inner urge to procreate?
The answer may be in the rest of Genesis 1:28. We all remember “Be fruitful and multiply“, but the rest of the passage says: “and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth“. This indicates to me that man, Homo sapien, is above all other animals in some way.
I believe that God gave man “dominion …over every living thing” and also gave us the intelligence to make it so. With this intelligence comes responsibility and conscience. I believe man has the same natural instinct as other fauna to mate and proliferate his genetic line, but how he manages those feelings defines his character. And THAT is what Jesus cares about most in us.
So, are men pigs because we have inner feelings of wanting to extend our genetic line? I don’t believe so. Are we pigs if we act on those feelings? You decide.
1 In 1859, Charles Darwin set out his theory of evolution by natural selection as an explanation for adaptation and speciation. He defined natural selection as the “principle by which each slight variation [of a trait], if useful, is preserved”.