What does the Bible say about Premarital sex?

The Bible says not to have premarital sex (1 Cor. 7:2).

Sex outside of marriage was common in the biblical culture and was even encouraged by women due to the physical pressures of child birth. Archeological finds have shown that there were many houses of prostitution in the major cities of the Greek and Roman cultures. In the Roman city of Corinth, sex outside of marriage was also common place, so much so that the converts to Christianity had written to the Apostle Paul about the problem. His reply was: “Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.  But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wifeand each woman her own husband.” (1 Cor. 7:1-3 ESV). This is Paul’s instruction on this matter because he understood that God’s purpose for sex was inside the commitment of marriage. Sex outside the marriage relationship is call “sexual immorality.” This would include premarital sex, even if a couple is engaged to be married. 

When we go back to the creation story in the book of Genesis, we read: “The man and his wifewere both naked, and they felt no shame.” (Gen 2:25 NIV).We can already see that God is calling the man (Adam) and woman (Eve) husband and wife. God formed Adam from the “dust of the ground,” but when it came to Eve, God took part of Adam’s rib and made the perfect mate for him. They were then commanded to “Be fruitful and increase in number(Gen 1:28a NIV). God ordained marriage between a man and woman when He said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). 

Obedience to God’s commands is certainly where blessings are found. This is equally true when it comes to marriage and the sharing of sexual intimacy. Proverbs 18:22promises: “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

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