Frequently Asked Questions What does the Bible say about sex before marriage? Is it wrong to have sex after being divorced? Is it a sin for a man and woman be intimate without getting married? Is it OK to have sex if we love each other deeply? Is living together a sin? Does the Bible say a couple must get married if they have sex? Is it OK for Christians to have sex before getting married?
Are we already married in God's eyes? Will God forgive me for having sex before marriage? Is fornication mentioned in the Bible? What is Premarital Sex? Premarital sex, or sex without marriage means sexual intercourse between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman.
What the Bible Says There is no specific prohibition in the Bible against sex between an unmarried man and unmarried woman. However, "sexual immorality" is denounced in about 25 passages in the New Testament. The word translated as "sexual immorality" or "fornication" in English versions of the Bible is the Greek word porneia, which means "illicit sexual intercourse. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. All other sins people commit are outside their bodies, but those who sin sexually sin against their own bodies. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies. Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. The temptations now may be greater than ever because people are delaying marriage until their late 20s or 30s. However, the Bible consistently teaches self-control rather than self-indulgence Galatians 5: In Biblical teachings, the privilege of having sex requires the commitment of marriage. Sexually-transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, and emotional pain are too often the price paid for sex without marriage.
Marriage traditions in Biblical times were very different from today. Marriage was neither a civil nor religious event. The fathers of the bride and groom made a marriage contract known as a betrothal. After a year-long betrothal, the man took the woman into his home, and they consummated the marriage with sexual intercourse.
However, once married, the religious laws and customs of the time strongly prohibited adultery and provided physical and financial protections for the spouses and their children Exodus In today's world, it is the legal marriage that provides similar protections. Merely having sex or living together does not fulfill the functions of the Biblical model of marriage. One Old Testament passage Exodus A decision about marriage must be made with prayer and with unselfish consideration for everyone involved, especially children.