Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God. This is how God showed his love among us: In spite of your choices, God wants to bring you relational fulfillment. Other Christian leaders have argued that being too passionately in love with a partner, or having sex just for pleasure, was also a sin. The Christian Church emphasises non-sexual love. It wasn't until that the Church formally put a claim on marriage and hashed out rules about what made children legitimate. While practicality does not determine right from wrong, if the Bible's message on sex before marriage were obeyed, there would be far fewer sexually transmitted diseases, far fewer abortions, far fewer unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies, and far fewer children growing up without both parents in their lives. But what I wasn't taught in Sunday School is that the Bible's teachings on sex have been interpreted in many different ways. So honor God with your bodies. On the other hand, acknowledging Christianity's complexity can be life-changing. The practice of sleeping with your sister-in-law, or giving your dead brother an heir, was a means of providing economic security and protection to a woman who would otherwise be without support, set adrift in a society where women were pretty much only sustained through their relationships with men. Your subtitle claims this book is about what the Bible says about sex.