The effects of premarital sex are detrimental on many instances. In regard to emotional consequences, premarital sex have a profound sense of regret, shame and guilt. In the years, 1960 as well as 1970s, majority of the young people were made to believe that a one-time sex in a while with a boy or a girlfriend was not only tolerable but necessary. This believe was a high ranking flaw that left many girls devastated after losing their virginity. As purported by the Catholic Church teachings, “virginity is the most precious treasure that a woman can give to her husband and should be preserved for the man who will marry her.” Today, a new term dubbed “hooking up” has gained dominance in American Colleges and replaced the hackneyed “quickie” sexual interaction. Hooking up involves a range of activities such as taking alcohol, kissing or having sex. According to Doskoch (121), approximately 45 percent of ladies in college had a hook up at least once in their lifetime, with 15 percent engaging in over six hook ups. Below is a discussion of the negative effects of premarital sex as per the Catholic teachings and the readings from the Bible.
The first detrimental effect is the introduction to drugs that leads to drug abuse. According to Opayemi (9), male students use drugs very often. As the study by Orchard, Bernard and Fuller revealed, 32 percent of the participants were convinced that premarital sex cause drug abuse. This assertion is true because a variety of drugs is used by the youth to enhance their sexual performance. The frequent use of sexual enhancing drugs leads to addiction. Similarly, some youths have engaged in drug abusing activities after their relationships with their girl or boyfriends break up. The drug abuse is against the teachings of the Catholic Church which warns against ingesting any substances that are harmful to the body. This is so because our bodies are a dwelling place of the God and the Holy Spirit. The act of hooking up and trying out some enhancing drugs is usually caused by the influence of one’s peers. This trend of associating with bad influence peers is against the teachings of the Bible. The Bible says, “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). For this reason, when the young hang around the peers who engage in sexual activities, they will too engage in such activities.
The second negative effect is the introduction to bondage. As the Bible says, “…the two shall become one in the flesh…” (Corinthians 6:16). For this reason, when people start having sex, they become bonded together. For this reason, there emanates a situation where the two are always expected to have sex on a regular with the other because they in possession of each other’s secrets or they know each other’s weaknesses. As Doskoch (121), study results showed, 23 percent of the participants said that premarital sex leads to bondage.
The third detrimental effect is the occasions of teen pregnancies. According to Orchard, Bernard and Fuller, 3 million cases of unplanned pregnancies are reported every year. Premarital sex in many cases leads to unexpected pregnancies. Teenagers, in particular, are highly susceptible to pregnancy than older women because of their body activities. Additionally, teenagers are more susceptible to pregnancy complications than older women. According to Boniolo, in his studies, teens are twice as much likely to pass away during delivery than older women. They also experience difficult deliveries, underweight babies, stretch marks, weight gain, scarring, tears, and nausea. As the Catholic Church teaches, these are all consequences of disobedience and impatience. The teachings purport that God commands us to stay pure until marriage. As depicted in the Bible, “…for the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). As the teachings purport, God’s will is to protect us from harm, and when He commands us to stay away from sin, His reason for this is to protect us from harm.
The fourth negative consequence is the spread of HIV/Aids and other venereal diseases. According to (Casey, Murray, and Todd, 21), approximately 19 million fresh cases of STI’s are reported every year. According to Teenagers Report of 2007 on college students, reveals that 93 percent of participants were convinced that premarital sex causes the spread of HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases. As the study also revealed, participants pointed out that high-risk sexual behaviors such as sodomy and orgy sex accounted for the highest percentage of spreading HIV and STI’s. STI’s are evident through oozing, pus and itching on the genitals and others are not visible. Some of the STI’s have no cure, and this is why one should consider to stay pure until marriage.
As studies have revealed, in the absence of premarital sex, there would be no STI’s among the young people (Doskoch, 121). As the Catholic Church teachings purport, it is good to wait the Lord’s time that means that young people should be patient until marriage (Casey, Murray, and Todd, 23). In cases where young people do not adhere to these teachings, they may contract some incurable sexual infections. According to the Catholic Church teachings, this translates to a lifetime prison a consequence of doing against God’s will.
The fifth negative consequence is spiritual degradation. If one is a Christian, getting involved in premarital sex make one feel that they are consciously doing against God’s will. Premarital sex is in itself a sin according to the Christian teachings. Continued sinning can subject a Christian to an endless sequence of self-destruction. According to Casey, Murray, and Todd (24), such a Christian develops low self-esteem, reduced self-expectations, and low self-worth. On many occasions, the demoralizing effect that emanates from involving a holy thing “body as the temple of the Holy Spirit” to an unholy endeavor “sexual gratification” leads to feelings of embarrassment, confusion and emptiness. One being to doubt everything about themselves just like Adam and Eve comprehended their naked appearance before God. All these come to be because engaging in sex as a Christian prior to marriage is a sin. This assertion is evident from the Bible that, “Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
The other negative consequence is that premarital sex leads to abortion. When teenagers get pregnant in an unplanned manner, majority of them end up aborting. According to Casey, Murray, and Todd (30), approximately 1.2 million cases of abortion are reported in U.S. every year. Of these abortion cases, 54 percent were reported to have used a form of failed contraception. As purported by the teachings of the Catholic Church, use of contraceptives is wrong, and abortion is equivalent to murder. The teachings also purport that life commences at conception and that God is the sole giver of life and is the only one who should take it away. The Bible warns against murder, “thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20: 13). When Christian aborts, they feel guilt within themselves for the rest of their lives. The other result of abortion is the likelihood of dying when aborting especially when the process is carried out by crude means or a non-specialist.
The other negative effect is that premarital sex leads to sexual addiction. According to Vasilenko, Sara, Eva and Jennifer (553), sexual contacts before marriage paves the way to less resistance of sex. As argued by biologists, sexual encounters lead to emotional bonds that are facilitated by the release of chemicals such as vasopressin, dopamine and oxytocin (Boniolo). This bond intensifies with every sexual endeavor that one engages in with a single partner. As studies have revealed, many people don’t end up marrying their teenage lovers and thus, this bond still exists. This situation may lead to marital unfaithfulness with the teenage lovers because of the bond developed between the two as a result of addiction. This scenario poses a threat of causing a broken marriage if the other spouse suspects or even knows about the out of wedlock affair. This is against the Catholic Church teachings that God hates divorce and is also against the warning of the Holy Bible that adultery is the only sin that should make a couple to break up their marriage.
This kind of break up is painful to both spouses because of the bond that had developed between them. Such situations may reoccur, and one may end up having a multiple of break ups that render such a person incapable of giving or receiving true love because of insecurity caused by multiple break ups. If one is not caught by her partner, one will always feel guilty because of doing against the Christian teachings of being faithful to one partner. Similarly, out of wedlock encounters translates to polygamy an aspect heavily condemned by the Catholic Church.
The negative effects of premarital sex are many as discussed in the above essay. These ranges from addiction, unplanned pregnancies, spread of HIV and STI’s, leads to abortion, bondage, introduction to drug abuse and spiritual degradation effect. All these effects have been discussed in detail supported by the relevant Bible quotes and Catholic Church teachings.
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Opayemi, R. ‘Gender, Self Esteem, Religiosity and Premarital Sex among Young Adults’. Gen & Behav 9.1 (2011): n. pag. Web.
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