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Evaluate different responses to the moral issue "For Christians, sex is only right within marriage."

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Evaluate different responses to the moral issue "For Christians, sex is only right within marriage." Many Christians have different views on whether sex outside of marriage is acceptable or not. Whether religious or not, the majority of people believe that adultery is wrong and therefore determine that the vow to remain faithful in marriage is one that should be followed. The media has an increasing affect on Christians, and especially younger Christians. They're exposed to acceptability of casual sex before and during marriage. Soaps in particular often present adultery or sexual activity before even beginning relationships with each other. Even in magazines aimed at age ranges of 10-16 contain content that promotes sex and subsequently influences them. These examples are presented as the norm and there is a passive acceptance that what we see and read about is the norm. ...read more.

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is the normal attitude which Catholics should adopt towards sexual activity. Through sex, the couple have the potential of continuing and contributing to God's great creation. I believe when a couple have sex, they offer themselves to create new life and so sex should only occur with this possibility at heart. Others regard sex as a natural necessity and it is irrelevant whether it happens in or outside of marriage. It can be seen as mere fun; pleasure for themselves, disregarding the importance to the gift of sex. This treats the other person as an object of pleasure and plays with their emotions. This attitude is weak and can separate one from God as they're ignoring God's plan of pro-creation. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus taught about faithfulness and how adultery can be created simply from lust; "Anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart." ...read more.

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However, nowadays if you haven't lost your virginity at the mere age of 20, you're seen as some sort of 'reject' or 'freak'. So the importance of sex before marriage means less to younger people, maybe because of peer pressure, or maybe because the lack of recognition to religious views. Personally, I recognise and respect the issue that sex is only right within marriage, but in the environment I live in today, I don't think I will apply this statement to my life. I believe that marriage should only be undertaken when the couple fully understand and love eachother and I think the steps towards marriage include sex as the couple grow and mature through the act. For that reason, I think sex is justified outside of marriage when the couple are considering marriage and have been together for a while. However, I strongly disagree with the promotion of casual sex and the excitement of adultery. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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