Premarital Sex Is Not a Sin Against God?

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Graham Mattison
Dr. Kathleen Corley
Bible and current events
Position paper
May 4, 2004


Premarital sex is not a sin against God?


    The Bible does not forbid premarital sex. There is no passage of the Bible that references premarital sex as a sin against God.   The association between sin and premarital sex is a new Christian idea. The only possible reference to premarital sex being a sin in the Bible is in the New Testament. This premise although, is generally dismissed by theologians because the Greek word pornei, or sexual immorality is commonly incorrectly translated into the English word fornication.

 

    In Biblical times women were the owned property of a man. Men ruled over women and their children. Women had very few, if any, rights, and men often bought women from their families or at an auction, usually at age twelve and a half. The fathers owned the women (daughters, wives, concubines, handmaidens, servants etc.) and if you wanted to have intercourse with one of his properties, then you had to ask his permission.


If a father sold a daughter, he would get more money for her if she was a virgin. Non-virgins were less expensive to buy. If a man purchased a daughter at a virgin price, and she was not, or she did not bleed during intercourse, then he could return her to her father and get his money back.


    Most marriages were arranged for financial reasons. Many couples never even met until the day of the marriage. On the day of marriage the proposed husband would give a dowry, or monetary compensation, to the father of a bride. The price of the dowry was different from woman to woman, was determined by the father, and was based on the woman's beauty, ability to bear children, strength, household skills, and status as a virgin.


    In the Old Testament, many verses that people site for being against premarital sex are actual verses against stealing another man's property.
    In Exodus 22:16 - 17, "If a man seduces a virgin who is not... [continues]

 

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