A more relevant verse is 1 Corinthians , which says to “flee from sexual immorality.” Now, kissing isn’t necessarily the sexual immorality that it’s telling us to flee from; it’s saying to flee from any kind of sex outside of marriage.
But my question is: how do you flee from sex before marriage? No; it’s a way to get as close as you can to sexual immorality without hopefully crossing the line. And that means that kissing before marriage can be a sin, if it goes against 1 Corinthians .
And where the Bible leaves things open, we have freedom. But there are some practical things to consider: I’ve officiated my share of weddings, and I’ve never once heard someone say that they wished they had gone farther physically before marriage.
However, that doesn’t mean that waiting is a bad idea. I’ve never had someone say they regretted waiting so long to kiss.
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QUESTION: A younger relative of mine was recently seriously rebuffed by his lady friend (they are both in their 30's) for asking if he could kiss her.
A kiss either leads to more or it leads to a breakup—but in junior high it doesn't lead to marriage anytime soon.
But just a few generations ago, 90% of what we tend to do in dating today would have sounded crazy, while waiting until marriage for any kind of physical intimacy would have been the cultural norm.
Based on things like marriage and divorce rates, their way worked out a lot better than today’s way.
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