What does the Bible say about Sex?

The Bible says that sex is for a man and a woman who are married (1 Cor. 7:2 NIV).  

God created men and women with the basic desire for sex. Our anatomy naturally supports the intelligent design that God used when he created the first man and woman. The Bible says the He created them “male and female” (Gen 1:27). God made Eve as a compatible life mate for Adam. He then 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 NIV). We know that this “become one flesh” implies sex, from other scriptures that use the same statement. “Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” (1 Cor. 6:16 NIV). God created us with a sex drive, but satisfying that desire was to be confined to the covenant of marriage. It was part of the bonding process for a husband and wife. 

Any sex outside of marriage is considered “sexual immorality.” “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:2 NIV). The words “his own wife and her own husband” tell us God’s intention for sex is within the marriage relationship of one man to one woman. Scripture instructs us that sexual gratification is an obligation that each person in a marriage owes to their mate. “Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (1 Cor. 7:5 NIV).  

Having a desire for sex is a natural feeling, but our passions can burn so hot that they cause ungodly behavior. That’s why Scripture says that “If they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Cor. 7:9 NIV). As Christians, our sexual behavior should always be with godly self-control and confined to marriage. 

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