A prostitute may expose her body, but her relationships are hardly intimate. If your faith calls you to abstinence before marriage, that is fine and good. Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God. On the other hand, acknowledging Christianity's complexity can be life-changing. Acts There are different beliefs about how contraception should be used, depending on what denomination or church a Christian belongs to. Since all sex was supposed to be for the purposes of procreation, certain positions were banned no sex standing up, the woman shouldn't be on top, no doggy style, oral, anal, or masturbation. Sex was also discouraged when a woman was menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding, which considering there was no birth control, could have been a good deal of the time. This is not held out as the ideal, but this is supposed to be the norm for all sexual intercourse according to the Bible. The Methodist Church holds the view that contraception can be a way to enable a couple to reach fulfilment in their marriage for the good of the family. There is no Hebrew or Greek word used in the Bible that precisely refers to sex before marriage. According to 1 Corinthians 7: The second coming didn't happen, but the emphasis on celibacy stayed. 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. It can turn a faith assembled like a delicate house of cards into a faith that you worked hard to build from the ground up. A lot.