Marriage used to be a public institution for the common good, and now it is a private arrangement for the satisfaction of the individuals.
Most striking, however, is how many men said they wouldn’t marry until they found the “perfect soul mate,” someone very “compatible.” But what does that mean?
We cannot talk about marriage without talking about sex, but the subject of how sex relates to marriage has two levels to it. At the foundational level, we need to understand the basic principle of the Biblical sex ethic—why does God confine sexual activity exclusively to married couples? Then, once we understand and receive the Biblical reasoning, how do we live practically in accordance with it as Christians—whether as single persons or as married couples?
Sex Is Just an Appetite; No, It’s Not Historically, there have been countless attitudes about sex. First, there is sex as a natural appetite. This view goes something like this: Sex, it is said, was once surrounded by taboos, but now we realize that sex is indeed like eating or like any other good and natural appetite. That means we should feel free to fulfill the appetite when we feel the need. And there is no reason why we shouldn’t sample a variety of cuisines and continually look for “new taste sensations.”