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Living Together Without Marriage: Cohabitation and the Bible

Cohabitation or marriage?Multitudes of couples live together without marriage or have affairs outside marriage. The entertainment, advertising, and fashion industries flood us with suggestiveness and pornography. What does the Bible say? 

Society is saturated with the philosophy of "free love." The results are abortions by the thousands, epidemic venereal disease, and love triangles involving bitterness, divorce, guilt complexes, suicide, and even murder. What is the best advice to eliminate these problems? 

Let us consult the Operator's Manual written by the One who invented human nature. The manual says simply:

"Flee fornication" - 1 Corinthians 6:18.

And again, "Thou shalt not commit adultery" - Exodus 20:14.

So, God condemns adultery and fornication. But what about a couple who really love one another and plan to get married? 1 Corinthians 7:2 says: "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."

This is God's simple answer. He does not say it is alright as long as they plan to get married, nor if they have a "meaningful relationship." He says that to avoid fornication, every man must have his own wife and every woman must have her own husband.

Verse 9 explains further that if they cannot control their desires outside marriage, then they should get married. And marriage, according to the Bible is a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman (Romans 7:2,3).

Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Fornication and adultery, then, include all sexual relations between people who are not married to one another. Those who practice such will not inherit the kingdom of God - 1 Corinthians 6:9. Fortunately, however, guilty people can be forgiven if they will repent, cease the sin, and obey the gospel (Mark 16:16; Acts 2 :38).

Note carefully: No teaching anywhere on this web site is intended or should ever be construed to justify or to in any way incite or encourage personal vengeance or physical violence against any person. 

For further study I encourage the reader to go to /instruct/ and  study our online articles about the family and about morality.

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