On an increasingly frequent basis, scientific/societal studies confirm what Scripture teaches on a host of issues. The latest study to do so was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University. They found that couples who delay sexual activity until after marriage experience longer marriages. Imagine that!
From the article: “[R]esearchers surveyed more than 2,000 couples, ranging in age from 19 to 71 years, and found that communication, sexual quality, perceived stability and relationship satisfaction were better for those couples who had waited until after marriage to consummate their relationship.
“The bottom line from the study seems to be that if you want to give marriage the best chance of survival, it’s best to make each other wait. The academics who pioneered the study did so because of a lack of empirical data on how the timing of sex between a couple impacts on the longevity of a marriage.”
The study is important not just because it seems to confirm common sense, but because it shows that God has created our world (and those who live on it) to function at its best when in conformity with His laws and guidelines. Don’t be mistaken: God doesn’t need scientific studies to confirm the goodness of His ethic of sexuality. It is good because He has given it. But to an unbelieving world, these types of studies can be important in showing the goodness of God and the rightness of His ideas for sex and marriage.
“Is there any benefit of waiting ’til you’re wed before you go to bed? A recent study seems to think so
‘SEX, MONEY and power are three of the most common causes of rows in relationships. So I guess if you delay the sex until after marriage, then it could be fair to say that you may not have as many issues in your marriage,” says family therapist David Kavanagh.”
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (NKJV)