What are the principles and the practicals of enjoying what God has given us without going too far?
Recently I was on vacation at the beach with my wife and we met a young woman who was out on the beach catching some rays right in front of us.
People want to know the limits for a very simple reason.
First, we know our bodies are telling us they want sex.
God made our bodies to want sex, but our mind knows God also sets parameters for the appropriate time and place for sex.
When you're in a dating relationship do you have the attitude "anything goes" or "if it feels good do it"? Some Christians say the Bible is clear about all sexually related behavior is wrong outside of marriage.
Is there such a thing as going too far physically with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Some say kissing before engagement is going too far. Some believers agree that intercourse before marriage is wrong but everything else--including oral sex-- is okay as long as you don't actually "do the deed." Still other people say, "The Bible is reliable and true on a lot of issues, but on the issue of sex it is outdated.
Others say kissing is fine if there is some kind of emotional commitment. It no longer applies." Recently I taught a seminar on relationships.One question dominated: "How far can I go physically in a dating relationship without going too far?Sexual expression of our love for another person within God's context is an awesome, incredible experience.Each of us is wired by the Creator to crave and respond to a mysterious and exciting mix of emotional and physical intimacy.Furthermore, almost no one seeks out pain and heartache and yet people still manage to get ambushed all the time. But literally millions of people have witnessed or experienced the emotional and (sometimes) physical damage that sex outside of the realm of marriage creates.What do we need to know in order to avoid the pain?