What does the Catholic Church say about premarital sex? What is the history of this issue? How is society handling the issue? What are its possible outcomes? What are its statistics? Premarital sex is having a sexual relationship with someone before receiving the Holy sacrament of marriage. The Catholic Church says that having sexual relationships between a man and a woman is supposed to be until marriage. So that when you are married you can enjoy physical, emotional and spiritual time with them. Premarital sex is a mortal sin.
It is a sin against God, against His will, and His way (Sin Np). Those who have committed this sin need to ask for forgiveness to God in confession, so they can reconcile with Him. God said in the Bible, â€œIf we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing (1 John 1:9 1360). â€œThe Bible explains, â€œThe body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the bodyâ€ (1 Corinthians 6:13 1236). Itâ€™s saying that they should have some respect for their bodies because God made us. From the Catholic Bible, premarital sex refers to fornication.
The unity love of a husband and wife is â€˜fleshâ€™. When they’re in love they have the right to be with one another. A bunch of people may have thought they were truly in love with someone, had lost their virginity to them, and then they end up going separate ways. People donâ€™t know the consequence of what will happen for those who have had premarital sex. Many people get tempted into having sex before marriage only because everyone else is doing it, they think itâ€™s okay if they have fornication. â€œMarriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoralâ€ (Marriage Np).
The history of premarital sex is mostly involved with everyone now because those who are Catholics are usually the ones who have sex before marriage. Those who are not Catholic have fewer people who have had premarital sex. Alfred Kinsey, a zoologist who liked to know about human sexual behavior. He had interviewed a lot of people, and had a result that from 1905 to 1920 there was a huge change in premarital sexual behavior. In 1650 A. D. , premarital sex was like crime and they made it illegal. Later in 1881 A. D. , Tony Pace, and Mary J. Cox, they were going to go to jail for 2 years because of having premarital sex.
In 1981 A. D. , Pope John Paul II said that premarital sex does not only bring guilt but also to be envy and unfriendliness (John Paul II Np). During 2005 A. D. , if you and your couple were 18 years of age, then most countries would let you have sex before marriage. History changed a lot from back then because they had punishments for them if they committed it. For us today, we have to make our right decision in following Godâ€™s way, which is to wait until your married for sexual love. The statistics of premarital sex is showing that in a data of survey age by 20, 75% of people had premarital sex.
The age of 44, 95% of people having premarital sex; women who were turning 15 from 1954 to 1993, around 91% had premarital sex at age of 30. The chart below is showing the numbers of the percentage of people who are all catholic and have committed premarital sex; and those who are weekly attending Catholics. It shows that 39%, in 1972 the adult Catholics said fornication was always wrongdoing. The percentage went up at 52, for the weekly attending Catholics who thought it was wrong. Those who donâ€™t attend mass and are Catholic have a higher number at 86%.
There is a lot of Catholics who attend church and donâ€™t agree on not having sex before marriage. They donâ€™t want to follow what God said to us, â€œto wait until we found our spouse to have sexual relations togetherâ€. Premarital sex on this chart is showing that this has been happening for a while now. (Pope, Msgr. Charles Np) (Pope, Msgr. Charles Np) That top graph is showing the percent of high school students who have had premarital sex, from between 1991 to 2007. It was a Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken more than 16,000 students in over 150 high schools, throughout the whole nation (Pope, Msgr. Charles Np).
As you can see, in 1991 the percentage was 54. 1, the highest overall all those other years. From 1993 to1997 the percentage decreased, of 53% to 48. 4% from both females and males. Then it started increasing a little bit in 1999, about 49. 9%. It had decreased again in 2001, with a 45. 6%; from there it increased throughout the other years, a 47. 8% in 2007. That was the last percentage taken from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2007 from high school students, both males and females having premarital sex. This other graph below is showing another percentage that premarital sex was starting around 1900.
In 1900, it was 6% women in the U. S. having premarital sex, at the age of 19. Compared to before as of today, the percentage has increased to 75%. Only 15% of women had the attitude of having premarital sex in 1968. The statistics are showing that it will probably increase in the future. (Premarital sex graph Np) In America premarital sex, on average for young people happens about the age of 17. In 2006-2010, the most common reason that sexually inexperienced teens gave for not having had to sex was that it was â€œagainst religion or moralsâ€ (38% among females and 31% among males) (Statistics in America Np).
Some other reasons were that females said they want to wait for someone special, or they donâ€™t want to get pregnant. A female who had premarital sex the percentage is about 70% and the males are 56% with a steady partner, not just a friend. Teens from the U. S. and Europe have the same issue of premarital sex. There are a lot of people who have sex before marriage because they feel like theyâ€™re going to lose their partner. People who arenâ€™t ready for a sexual relationship, they need time and if the other person doesnâ€™t accept you then you leave them.
A survey shows for the Chinese were said that there is 70% of Chinese people who had premarital sex. The report showed that in comparison to 1994, the ratio of Chinese citizens who have had premarital sexual activity in 2012 has increased by 30%, reaching 71. 4% (Chinese Statistics Np). Society canâ€™t really do anything about having premarital sex because itâ€™s your own decision on what you want to do. As societies, they must set legal and behavioral boundaries just like God did. You may have to deal with unwanted pregnancies and the consequences of sexual immorality.
Premarital sex effects somewhat on our society from having sexual images sent out, living together without being married, and prostitution. Itâ€™s a sin it also affects the people who care about you. In Australia, you have to be 16 to legally have a sexual relationship. The possible outcomes of premarital sex can be that young teens may have any STDâ€™s if youâ€™re not careful. That would be really difficult to handle at an early age. Getting pregnant is another possible outcome because they would have to take care of their baby or they may want to commit a horrible sin by doing the abortion.
That is a really mature situation someone would have to take if getting pregnant at an early age. Also, they would have probably family problems in the future, dealing with money and etc. They probably have the conscience filled with guilt of having sex before marriage. People should really think about what they are doing to themselves, if they ask for forgiveness to God, he will forgive you. They must not do it again until marriage. God wants us all to follow Him, have sex until marriage with our loved one whom we will share everything with them for all eternity until separated through death.
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