What does the Bible say about sex, pre-marital sex, and adultery?

The Bible reveals that sex is God’s good gift to human beings. Like all of God’s good gifts, sex has been used for both good and evil throughout all of history. The Bible is clear that sex has practical purpose. It is the way we fulfill God’s instructions to be fruitful and multiply (Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;”- Genesis 1:28). God also gave sex a very practical purpose in marriage. Mark 10:7-8 says that a husband and wife are no longer two, but joined into one. Sex is the physical representation of the way marriage knots two separate beings into one. It joins the man and the woman together into one flesh. The most complete list of prohibited sexual relations is found in the Mosaic Law. Leviticus 18 contains prohibitions against sex with close relatives, with those of the same sex, and with animals (Lev.18:6-23). Scripture calls these sexual relations “detestable things” or “abominations” (verses 26 and 29), by which individuals and nations were “defiled” (verses 27–28, 30). Adultery (sex with a married person other than one’s spouse) was punishable by death for both participants (Lev.20:10-12), while pre-marital sex (fornication) was “punished” by forced marriage (Exodus 22:16). Rape also carried a death sentence. The New Testament clearly talks about sex as permissible only in marriage. It is God's will for all to stay away from any sexual immorality which includes sex before marriage, and sex with anyone other than one’s spouse. - 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. - 1 Corinthians 7:2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. - 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;


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