Types of intimacies and their significance? I have a religion exam tomorrow but i am struggling on this question: why is intimacy important? ( i have to name each intimacy and list why each is...

Types of intimacies and their significance?

I have a religion exam tomorrow but i am struggling on this question: why is intimacy important? ( i have to name each intimacy and list why each is important w/ examples). I have the intimacies below:

Work: People come together to one another when they share a tasks at work or in a school project.

Emotional: People who share significant experiences often experience a close bonding w/ others.

Intellectual: Occurs in a lively conversation about ideas and opinions often after reading a book or watching a movie.

Spiritual: Experienced between people who find a person they can discuss their prayer life with or their effort to do God's will.

Common-cause: occurs when people share time & energy in fighting for a common cause such as environmental or social justice.

These are the types of intimacies. Please explain why each is important (w/ examples) as best as you can. Thank-you and all help is appreciated :)

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I will give you the Christian viewpoint, since I am familiar with it. Perhaps someone else will write from a different religious viewpoint.

The Bible teaches that God created man in his own image for relationship, for intimacy with God. He put us on this earth so that we could practice intimacy in preparation for when we get to our real home, which is heaven. God has given us a model of perfect intimacy in himself, because in Genesis, we learn that God is three persons in one – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The Godhead is triune, and each of the “persons” in the Triune God shares intimacy with each other. That is our model. So the intimacies you have listed are all part of our life lessons here on earth.

Work – We learn how to get along with each other, and “bear one another’s burdens” when we are working together. We also learn to cooperate with one another, so this is important.

Emotional – Another part of learning to get along with each other is learning to share emotions. These are the deepest part of us and it is hard for us to share them sometimes. But we are also instructed in the Bible to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2 NKJV). When we are connected on an emotional level to someone, we are really intimate. 

Intellectual- We also learn how to get along with each other intellectually. The Bible (book of Romans) says that we are to “condescend to people of low estate.” This means that we are to get along with everyone, even those with whom we do not agree, or those who are less educated or less advantaged than we are. "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself" (Philippians 2:3 NJKV).

Spiritual – The Bible tells us "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. . ." (Hebrews 10:24, 25a NJKV) and elsewhere that when “two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among you.” So we are to come together for spiritual support, to pray together, to life one another up. This is an important intimacy that we must learn to cultivate. "Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed" (James 5:16 The Message)

Common cause – Similar to the intimacy on work. We learn to cooperate with one another to achieve a goal. "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself" (Philippians 2:3 NJKV) When we are working for a cause outside of ourselves, we are doing it for the good of others, not for our own advancement.

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