||Bible Question: Is
sex before marriage a sin?
Bible Answer: Jellyfish
are beautiful, almost transparent creatures of the sea. They can
be found in all the world's oceans, and a few even inhabit freshwater.
They have no heart, blood, brain or gills and are over 95% water.
They are beautiful, but once you touch a jellyfish, you will receive
a sting from their tentacles. Premarital sex is like a jellyfish
in the water. It looks great. It feels great, but God calls it sin
and current research shows that it leads to more unhappy marriages.
Was It Good For Us? Premarital sex, an act
once condemned by society, is now encouraged. In fact, to be virgin is now considered
to be an embarrassment. The comment "What is wrong with you?" was recently
posed to a woman who was a virgin. It has become the accepted and in fact encouraged
in our society. But this encouragement is not supported by recent research that
shows couples are more likely to divorce.
such "benefits" may be more wishful thinking than
fact. Cohabitation may seem a good "trial run" for
a solid marriage. But in practice, cohabiting couples who
marry--many of whom already have children--are about 33 percent
more likely to divorce than couples who don't live together
before their nuptials. Virgin brides, on the other hand,
are less likely to divorce than women who lost their virginity
prior to marriage.
we didn't inhale. Cohabitation is associated with other
risks for young couples. Live-in boyfriends are far more likely
to beat their partners than are spouses. And young adults who
move in together, without being engaged to be married, are
more likely to use cocaine and cigarettes after they start
cohabiting than beforehand. All in all, muses Harvard sociologist
Christopher Jencks, adult premarital sex "may ultimately
prove to be a little like smoking dope in the 1960s. In retrospect,
maybe it isn't so good for you after all."
it good for us?" U.S. News and World Report, May 18,
God Already Warned Us! This is no surprise
to Christians. God warned us. Premarital sex is sin, and sin always has a consequence.
The statistics in the U.S. News and World Report article do not report how many
individuals are angry or remorseful because they had premarital sex. Marriage
counselors see that in couple after couple. That is the message of 1 Corinthians
immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside
the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
(NASB) 1 Corinthians 6:18