What first seemed like a show trying to be the Jerry Springer of , is actually about more than using shock tactics to create drama on stage. In one scenario, a man faced an unnamed medical condition that turned him into someone just shy of a sex addict. She confesses to being bisexual and having cheated on him with women. Their very unique, admittedly dramatic, situation raises a good question about when it might be OK to have sex outside your marriage. Does a medical diagnosis make it OK? The obvious answer is that cheating is never OK.
| 9 Bible Verses That Teach That Sex Before Marriage Is a Sin
In a recent thread on Facebook, Dr. Jerry Walls posted a discussion on the topic of premarital sex and the Bible. As expected, it got a lot of attention, but the comments that followed revealed a lack of understanding in the way of biblical marriage. The responses here from professors of Biblical Studies provide some important notes on the biblical texts and their world that serve as as a foundation for a biblical theology of sexuality and marriage. Some are to the point while others provide rich contextual insight into the texts that often get attention.
Sex Outside of Marriage: What's the Big Deal?
In the Bible, sex before marriage is considered immoral. How could having sex, something that all married couples do regularly, be unclean and immoral before two people are married? If something is a good thing to do, such as telling the truth, it should be good for everyone, everywhere to do it. And if something is wrong, such as striking another person in anger and causing them bodily harm, then it should be wrong for everyone, in every context. We usually allow and encourage such a person to stay home or wear a wig until their hair has grown back.
It is different from adultery, which occurs if at least one of the two intercourse partners is married to someone else, though fornication and adultery are often associated as similar transgressions. Spiros Zodhiates, p. Chastity was the exception instead of the rule among Gentiles at this period. Adultery is one type of fornication. In every form, fornication was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law among God's people, the Israelites Lev.