No sex outside marriage
Some people claim that the Bible allows sexual
intercourse only within a male-female marriage.
Reasons why the view of “no sex outside male-
female marriage” is wrong:
- The Bible presents male-female marriage as
the usual pattern and implies that this is the
best place for sex. But the Bible does not
prohibit or criticize all sex outside male-female
marriage. The Bible simply says that certain
kinds of sexual intercourse (incest, adultery,
bestiality, prostitution and male-male sex) are
- The Creation story explains why men and
women get married and have sex (Genesis 1:
28 and 2:24). The story does not state or imply
that all sex must be between males and
females, or that all sex outside male-female
marriage is wrong.
- In Jesus’ comments on divorce in Matthew 19:
4-6, he quoted the Creation story simply to
show that male-female marriage should be
permanent. He did not state or imply that
sexual intercourse should be restricted to male-
female marriage only.
- Note that the Bible does not prohibit sex
between an unmarried man and an unmarried
woman except where incest is involved.
Author: Colin Smith