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Lesson 8

Premarital Sex and Cohabitation

The culturally acceptable, and even encouraged, practices of premarital sex and cohabitation before marriage are seen as good and healthy steps towards marriage. But the reality is much bleaker. The data shows that both premarital sex and cohabitation have negative effects on the quality and duration of future marriage 鈥 if marriage happens at all 鈥 and lead to much greater divorce rates. Both the Old Testament and Jesus prohibited premarital sex, a teaching not intended to be prudish or controlling, but rather as loving direction toward our true purpose as human beings made in God鈥檚 image, which is love.

Lesson Vocabulary

  • Premarital Sex
    Sexual activity before marriage.
  • Adultery
    The unfaithfulness of at least one spouse in marriage by thought or deed. It is a grave sin that offends both the unitive and procreative purposes of marriage. The Sixth Commandment specifically prohibits adultery, which Jesus affirmed in the Sermon on the Mount. (2400)
  • Promiscuity
    The practice of having many sexual partners.
  • Cohabitation
    The act of a romantically involved couple living together including a sexual relationship when they are not married.
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