What Does the Bible Say About Sex Before Marriage?

Is it OK to have sex before marriage? What if you really, really love the person?

Teens and young adults are torn between strong arguments for it or against it.

Many years ago, when I was beginning to form and solidify my own beliefs and convictions about this subject, I stumbled upon the book Sex, Love, or Infatuation: How Can I Really Know? written by Dr. Ray E. Short, then professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville.

Dr. Short was a speaker who was popular to college students and school assemblies. Although it was originally published in the 1960s and updated in August 1990 (with over 300,000 copies in print), I think you would still find the book enlightening and encouraging.

He titled chapter 10: “To Be or Not to Be — A Virgin.” According to Dr. Short, science had established 11 factsbacked up by solid research — regarding the probable effect of premarital sex on your future marriage.

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What Does the Bible Say About Same-Sex Marriage?

Is same-sex marriage permissible to God, if two people “love” each other?

For thousands of years, there has hardly been a debate on what constitutes a marriage. As time went on, however, this traditional definition (of marriage exclusively between a man and a woman) has been increasingly challenged.

On June 26, 2015, in a 5-to-4 vote ruling on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. President Barack Obama praised the decision, calling it “a victory for America.”

But is it really a victory? What does the Bible say about same-sex marriage?

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