“Sexual Atheism” and Religion
63 percent of singles said they would have sex before marriage, according to a new study conducted by Quonundrums, Inc. for ChristianMingle.com. Only 13 percent of the 2,647 respondents said they would not have sex before marriage. Incidentally, a disproportionate percentage of respondents (42%) indicated adherence to the Jewish faith.
The bottom line is that 87 percent of respondents would have sex before marriage for one reason or another. Kenny Luck, in an article for the Christian Post, calls this “sexual atheism”, because people are tending to separate their sexual life from their faith.
When respondents were asked what they thought was the minimum amount of time to date someone before moving in together, 87 percent gave a time frame. Only 13 percent said they would move in together only after marriage.
God said quite a bit about sexual sin. For example:
“For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander” (Matthew 15:18).
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body” (1 Cor. 6:18).
“You must not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
Is God some ogre in the sky that doesn’t want us to have fun? Hardly. He said these things in the same way that a parent tells a child not to touch a hot stove. God loves us and wants to protect us from the potential pain of sex outside of marriage. He invented sex, and he wants us to experience the beauty of it and develop it with one person. God does not want us to experience guilt and baggage from our sexual experiences outside of marriage. He wants the best for us.
Discussion: how can we communicate to others the dangers of sex outside of marriage?