Does the Bible say anything about sex before marriage?

God created sex as a beautiful gift for a husband and wife to enjoy within marriage. His purpose for this gift was to provide His creation with a human experience that would represent His spiritual relationship with them. Ephesians 5:31–32, quoting from Genesis 2:24, explains, "'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church." Through sex husbands and wives are able to procreate and understand God's love for His children. In addition, they bring one another pleasure as God blesses and brings joy to His children. Finally, they commit fully to one another through trust and vulnerability as God asks us to commit ourselves fully to Him trusting His son Jesus Christ as our Savior.

However, outside the boundaries of marriage sex is a sin. First Corinthians 7:2 states, "But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband." In this verse the apostle Paul refers to sex outside of marriage, including premarital sex, as sexual immorality. Throughout the Bible sexual immorality is denounced as a sin and refers to situations in which sex is used in a way other than how God intended it to be used (1 Corinthians 6:13, 18; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 1:7).

Premarital sex can have many negative consequences. It can lead to unplanned pregnancies and abortions. When children are born outside of the family unit God created they will face more dysfunction and hardship than children born into a family with two parents who are committed to one another. Sex outside of marriage often increases a person's number of sexual partners because there is a lack of commitment to one person. This increases the likelihood a person will contract a sexually transmitted infection, which could lead to serious health problems and even an early death. When two people have sex they make a unique physical connection. If that connection is lost, it leads to painful emotional baggage and broken relationships. This can cause a lack of trust and intimacy in future relationships, including a future marriage.

Most importantly, sex outside of marriage is disobedience to God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we receive God's Holy Spirit which lives inside of us. First Corinthians 6:18–20 tells us, "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." The Holy Spirit works within us to help us follow God, and when we sin with our bodies we are in direct conflict with the work He is trying to accomplish.

The world will tell you that it is okay to have sex before marriage because sex is just about the physical pleasure. However, God created sex with the far greater purpose of creating life and a special bond between a husband and wife that symbolizes our relationship with Him. Don't let the world pollute God's purpose for sex in your life. Wait on God and the wonderful gift He has in store for you.

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