What does the Bible say about sex before marriage?

There is no Hebrew or Greek word used in the Bible that precisely refers to sex before marriage. The Bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality, but is sex before marriage considered sexually immoral? According to 1 Corinthians 7:2, “yes” is the clear answer: “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” In this verse, Paul states that marriage is the “cure” for sexual immorality. First Corinthians 7:2 is essentially saying that, because people cannot control themselves and so many are having immoral sex outside of marriage, people should get married. Then they can fulfill their passions in a moral way.

Since 1 Corinthians 7:2 clearly includes sex before marriage in the definition of sexual immorality, all of the Bible verses that condemn sexual immorality as being sinful also condemn sex before marriage as sinful. Sex before marriage is included in the biblical definition of sexual immorality. There are numerous Scriptures that declare sex before marriage to be a sin (Acts 15:201 Corinthians 5:16:131810:82 Corinthians 12:21;Galatians 5:19Ephesians 5:3Colossians 3:51 Thessalonians 4:3Jude 7). The Bible promotes complete abstinence before marriage. Sex between a husband and his wife is the only form of sexual relations of which God approves (Hebrews 13:4).

Far too often we focus on the “recreation” aspect of sex without recognizing that there is another aspect—procreation. Sex within marriage is pleasurable, and God designed it that way. God wants men and women to enjoy sexual activity within the confines of marriage. Song of Solomon and several other Bible passages (such as Proverbs 5:19) clearly describe the pleasure of sex. However, the couple must understand that God’s intent for sex includes producing children. Thus, for a couple to engage in sex before marriage is doubly wrong—they are enjoying pleasures not intended for them, and they are taking a chance of creating a human life outside of the family structure God intended for every child.

While practicality does not determine right from wrong, if the Bible’s message on sex before marriage were obeyed, there would be far fewer sexually transmitted diseases, far fewer abortions, far fewer unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies, and far fewer children growing up without both parents in their lives. Abstinence is God’s only policy when it comes to sex before marriage. Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God.

Source:Extracts from GotQuestions.org

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14 thoughts on “What does the Bible say about sex before marriage?

  1. Pingback: 6 Guidelines For Sexual Purity Before Marriage. | Essence of Marriage Magazine

  2. Marriage is seen differently by posters it is evident. God requires that we follow the law of the land, whatever it may be when it falls in line with his law. That being said at a time common law marriages were the norm. Yet, today it is only reconized in various states. I just googled common law marriages and recognition. There are two types of recognized and legitimate common law marriages. I don’t know the specifics of your circumstance Leslie, so I won’t address your with a direct answer simply because I personally think that you and God need to talk. I will say to all posters, be not deceived God is not mocked. He intends for marriage to be between one husband(man) and one wife(woman). ie.,You can’t be married to one on paper and married to another through common law, it’s bigotry, it’s illegal in the land and definitely immoral before God. I will also say you can’t take what you want to use out of the Bible and discard the rest, Just as scripture tells us, and I asmonish you all to take heed, Heaven and earth will pass away but his Word will not return unto him void. God is the same yesterday today and forever more. In the begining was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word was God.(John1:1). Translation: In the begining before there was anything else the was the Word of God(Jesus), Jesus was God, Jesus is God, keeping this in mind understand HIS WORD will not return unto him void(without being completed) I say also to you to “Study and show thyself approved”(1Timothy2:15) and In all your getting, get understanding(also scripture, can’t find passage) Goodmorning and God Bless!!!

  3. Thank you 4 reminding me that as single child of God i have to wait unto the Lord until the day He decides to give me a life partner

  4. What about common law marriage? Wasn’t that at one time accepted? I’ve been w/ my common law husband for 13 years.

  5. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 warns us, “Know ye not that
    the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
    God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
    extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.” And 1 Corinthians 6:13b, 18 tells us, “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without (outside) the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.” The Bible is telling us that pre-marital sex is a sin
    and that it is something that unrighteous people
    engage in. As Christians we are to use our body in
    ways that glorify God. We are warned to learn from the examples of the
    Israelites, who God judged because of their sinful
    ways. 1 Corinthians 10:6-8 reads, “Now these
    things were our examples, to the intent we should
    not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither
    be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and
    rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.” And Galatians 5:19-21 reads, “Now the works of
    the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness … of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in
    time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Again, we see that pre-marital sex is not something
    that God wants us involved with. God wants us to
    stay away from such behavior: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, “For this is the will of God,
    even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel (body) in
    sanctification and honor, not in lust of
    concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which do not
    know God.” Ephesians 5:1-3, 5, “Be ye therefore followers of
    God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ
    also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an
    offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling
    savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not once be named among you, as becometh saints…For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

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