Black Theology

The Sensuality of God

Shahidi Islam – Scholar, Author and Activist

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

For those who have been following for a while it could be asked if the Hebrew God is really as sensual as I claim he is. They may feel that sensuality, and indeed sexuality, are sinful and therefore shall be abolished from God’s sight.

Yet the Scriptures tell the very different story of a romantic God longing for his people to return to him. “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion” (Jeremiah 3: 14).

Yet, as the prophet Isaiah said, “Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

“Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts” (Isaiah 3: 16).

Indeed, Hosea continued, “Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;

“Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst” (Hosea 2: 2, 3).

Nevertheless, Jeremiah shows us the true heart of God, saying “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

“Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry” (Jeremiah 31: 3, 4).

And if the real children of Israel and people of Zion were black people, as has been explained in The Reason for Black Suffering and The Seed of Abraham then we see that the love of God has always been for black people, and that the black woman has always had a special place in his heart.

We can see all this through the divine nature of his unconditional love, so that though the serpent was able to seduce the black woman out of Eden, God is able to seduce her back into Eden.

Indeed, he said through the prophet Hosea, “behold, I will allure her, and bring her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor [valley of tribulation] for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth” (Hosea 2: 14, 15; emphasis mine).

Now the word used here for allure is the Hebrew pathah, which means to open, to entice or to seduce; so that we can now see clearly a new spirituality based on seductionism. We also find that through our seductionism, which includes light exhibitionism, we godbodies express the unconditional love of God towards the black woman.

And as a seductionist is any man or woman who gets a rush from driving people mad with sexual lust, or who gets sexual pleasure from giving other people sexual pleasure; it seems that in order for the black man to truly become divine he will have to know how to seduce the black woman.

To help us to arrive at this heightened state of sexuality in order to become more seductive to the black woman, the romance between King Solomon of Israel and Queen Makeda of Sheba in the Song of Songs presents us with a most beautiful means of attaining to a sensual resurrection.

It is undeniable throughout the pages of this Scriptural masterpiece the amount of sexual innuendos exchanged between Solomon and Makeda; and as it is still holy Scripture, the eroticism and seductionism exchanged between today’s black man and black woman is justified.

Here Solomon says to Makeda, “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

“Thy naval is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.

“Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twin.

“Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools of Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

“Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

“How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

“This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

“I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples” (Song of Songs 7:1-8)

“Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

“A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed” (Song of Songs 4:11, 12).

Even so, this Scripture has also been said to be an allegory for Christ and his Bride, which the apostle John saw, “coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelations 21: 2).

Again, the word used here – and throughout the New Testament – for bride is the word nymphe, which might as well have been the word ‘nympho,’ as, though her body is said to be of the colour of jasper, which is mahogany, she is adorned in clothing of “pure gold, as it were transparent glass” (Revelations 21: 11, 21).

This coincides completely with the psalms, where it says, “Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir” (Psalms 45:9).

And considering Revelations 19 where it is says, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelations 19: 8), we can see a theme setting in.

Again, for those who did not read The Black Heaven, the word used here and throughout the New Testament for fine linen is the word byssinos which is what the Greeks called transparent linen, something worn very frequently by wealthy Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Indeed, the pneumatology of this situation is undeniable, cause our God, who is a seductionist, desires to boast over us, even as it is written, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause” (Job 2: 3).

So it is always necessary to remember the power of God, for he said again through his prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy” (Isaiah 54: 16)

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

“For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

“Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life” (Isaiah 43: 2-4).

“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

“For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer” (Isaiah 54: 4-8)

As we can see, the romance between God and Zion or between Christ and his Bride is the drama of the black man and his black woman. Even as the black man is a God through the divine spirit; even so, the black woman is a Goddess through the same spirit.

The next question from here is why all the promises of judgment? If God is really a seductionist and is in love with the black woman then why has he punished black people so much and promised to punish us so much in the Scriptures?

To answer this question we have to remember what he said to the daughters of Zion. It is their haughtiness and feelings of superiority that caused God to despise the black women of Zion. Though internally he still loved her.

But deeper than that, it was that the people turned to unlawful practices and the worship of a false god – one called Baal – that caused God to punish our ancestors.

Our ancestors of both the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom worshiped Baal, which in itself, to them, seemed pretty innocent, but to God it was everything.

The word Baal translates to the word lord. It is deceptively simple. By worshiping Baal the people of Israel assumed they were worshiping God, but God didn’t see it like that.

The worship of Baal to them was no different from what the worship of a white god and a white messiah is to us. Even as Baal was a false god and a foreign god, so the white god and white Jesus are false gods and foreign gods.

Yet what does God say? “And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi [husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [lord].

“For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. …

“And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

“I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord” (Hosea 2: 16, 17; 19, 20).

It was not God’s intention for us to worship him, it was God’s intention for our men to become manifestations of him, and for our women to marry him. Thus revealing a mystery that has been hidden for many centuries: God is a Lover.