I have just finished reading Song of Songs, the great love poem between a man and a woman that the Bible contains. In parts it is quite graphic, but it masks its graphic nature with poetic symbolism. I have heard some say that this book was only given to Jewish men when they came of age, I have heard others say that it shouldn’t really be in the Bible. If someone attempted to accomplish in modern America what the writer of Song of Songs accomplished in ancient Israel, how would we view it? Would it be too much for us?
Some say that the Song of Songs is only an allegory about the love God for mankind through Christ. Of course, all love reflects the Divine love if it is truly love. All love stories are an allegory of God’s self-sacrificial love. I have heard it said that all loves are a sub-category of agape. Does love cross to lust if it becomes ‘physical’? What are we to learn from Song of Songs? Do we have to ‘spritualize’ the book in order to accept it?
What should Christian talk on sex look like? When should we have it? What poetry can we write? When does art become license to sin? When does fear of sin stifle wholesome art?