Premarital Sex: Can so Many People be Wrong?
The most difficult task in the life of a Christian single today is maintaining purity until marriage. The payoff is love and sex as the Creator intended – a permanent bonding experience of becoming one flesh with another person. But if that’s so awesome, why aren’t more people choosing it? And what’s wrong with premarital sex anyway? Can it be so bad if so many people are doing it – and loving it?
“It’s true, either way, sex feels good,” says Donna Lee Schillinger, founder of On My Own Now Ministries and editor of a new anthology Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off. “But sex outside of marriage is like a delicious meal fully enjoyed, despite the fact that it is swarming with salmonella microorganisms. Just as poisoned food can taste very good but will surely leave us in pain, abusing the gift of sex feels great while it’s happening, but will make us regrettably ill later on, as the experience digests itself in our lives and souls.”
Schillinger notes the consequences of premarital sex range from pregnancy, abortion and STDs to an inability to properly bond with one’s spouse. “Each is utterly humiliating, not the kind of thing you want to blog about,” she says. “Instead, you might try to act like it’s not happening, be the tough guy, suck it up, rebound. And no one else ever has to know how much it really hurt.”
Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off breaks that silence and provides a refreshingly honest perspective about the benefits of remaining pure until marriage and the consequences of not doing so. Seventeen contributors to the book candidly share in face-reddening detail what they learned on their way to the wedding bed. Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off will encourage young people aiming to remain pure and offer practical strategies for resisting sexual temptation. Those who wish they had waited will learn that it’s never too late to restore purity with God’s grace. And everyone will understand that, indeed, so many people can be wrong.
Common herpes virus can damage hearing in unborn children
Four in five children of mothers infected in early pregnancy with a herpes virus were found in a Belgian study to suffer from hearing damages. The mothers were among the up to four percent of all pregnant women who become infected with the cytomegalovirus.
Cytomegalovirus is found in more than half of the total population. The virus rarely causes symptoms in healthy adults. But when transmitted from mother to child in the first three months of pregnancy, it may cause problems.y. In a fetus, the ears develop mainly between the third and tenth weeks of pregnancy. This is likely to make the ears particularly sensitive to viral infections at this stage.
The Belgian study found that four in five of these children developed sensorineural hearing loss because their mothers were infected by the virus in the first three months of pregnanc
When the viral infection occurs later in pregnancy, the risk to the hearing of the child is smaller. Just one child in 12 born to mothers infected during the second trimester of pregnancy was found to suffer from hearing loss. No hearing loss was found in children whose mothers were infected in the third trimester of pregnancy.
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