The couple abstained from every sexual activity, including kissing until marriage, and shared an uncomfortable first kiss at their wedding ceremony.“Virgin Diaries” brings to mind what choices teens and young adults today must make in their relationships, begging the question of what intimacy is appropriate for unwed Christian couples?The Bible says in Ephesians 5:3, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity…For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” The Biblical verse indicates that premarital sex must be avoided, but does not specifically address behaviors such as holding hands and kissing. Andrew Boswell at the Family Dynamics Institute based in Franklin, Tenn., about what is appropriate behavior between unwed Christian couples. Boswell serves as the director of crisis marriage programs at the Institute and has counseled couples both before and after the commitment of marriage. Boswell suggests that couples questioning what activities are acceptable ahead of marriage to ask, "what would Jesus want me to do?
Along with raising questions about sexual behavior ahead of marriage, “Virgin Diaries” has ignited responses from viewers and critics who accuse TLC of “intentionally patronizing” the show’s participants and shedding a poor light on abstinence.The Family Talk radio program host explained on the site, “In addition to the many moral, spiritual, and physical reasons for remaining virgins until marriage, there are numerous psychological and interpersonal advantages as well.”The site noted the cultural image of abstinence, and emphasized why young people need to maintain their virginity before marriage.“Though it's an old-fashioned notion, perhaps, it is still true that men do not respect ‘easy’ women and often become bored with those who have held nothing in reserve.Likewise, women often disrespect men who have only one thing on their minds,” wrote advisers on Family Talk’s website. In other words, God trumps everything including our precious opinions. From now on, I will trust and follow you.”Dating for the glory of God? Even our dating relationships are to show off God to the rest of the world. -16) to the world, and be the “aroma of Christ” (2 Cor.
For those dating, it can be exhilarating—actual, real-live, skin-to-skin contact with someone of the opposite sex.