The controversy over premarital sex has never been more profound than it is today. The very mention of the word brings forth radically different reactions. At one time, the very subject of sex was taboo, and then the sexual revolution was introduced as a time when people were unrestrained and open to explore their sexuality. Today, many have become so inordinately apprehensive about sexually related diseases that they perceive premarital sex as totally foolhardy. I am of the opinion that the decision to engage in premarital sex should not be condemned by either faction. The ultimate determination is a totally personal decision that must be thoroughly contemplated with a clear rationale. However, I do believe that a return to the simpler morals of past generations would help alleviate many of the stresses which are added to young, unmarried people today.
People today are not as stiff and rigid as the "Happy Days" era. Old movies, television shows, and even discussion with the older generation tells us that sex was not a popular subject. The word sex, itself, was taboo.
In the sixties, there was an entire revolution dedicated to sexual freedom. It wasn't until then that "sex" became a word that could even be spoken aloud. "Make love nor war" was the slogan of the day. The practice of "free love" was commonplace.
Today, people are so concerned about sexually transmitted diseases that even bringing the word "sex" out into the open has to be accompanied with a sex education discussion. My generation has been bombarded with so many safe sex seminars that one would think we have that aspect totally under control. There are still people out there who do not listen to the warnings and find themselves running to doctors or clinics to be tested for many harmful diseases. Women are running to abortion clinics because neither they nor their partners took the proper precautions ahead of time. If these people had listened to the advice that was given, there would be no cause for alarm. The only absolute guarantee against unwanted pregnancies and diseases is abstinence.
I believe that there comes a point in almost every young adult's life when he feels he has fallen in love. Along with those feelings of love comes an almost overwhelming desire for physical closeness. However, he must be careful to not confuse feelings of lust with feelings of love. Although two people may feel they are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities this act entails, they must also consider the problems it can cause. A "no" to sexual activity can also be a "yes" to deeper communication and mutual appreciation. Human nature is such that sexual activity is intimately linked to one's emotional and psychological state. The ability to control one's sexual urges is part of human nature and also an important distinction between humans and animals. The practice of abstinence enables couples to exercise fidelity within...