To be attracted to one of the opposite sex is natural. God has created us
as passionate beings; for the purpose of procreation (having children.) In fact, within a man, God has placed a hormone known as testosterone; one of the things that testosterone does is give a man a sexual desire
for a woman (in a woman, it's estrogen.) Even so, there are guidelines
as to how we are to interact with those of the opposite sex; guidelines from
our Heavenly Father.
First, sexual intimacy is reserved for a husband and wife within the bonds of
marriage. Its primary purpose is to carry on the human race; to fill
the earth. It is also to enhance the emotional bond between a husband
and wife (the one flesh relationship;) and for their enjoyment.1
There is nothing wrong with having a girlfriend or boyfriend. All God asks
of us, however, is that we act appropriately.
As we date, we should treat our girlfriend or boyfriend with absolute purity;2 there should not
even be a hint of sexual immorality.3
In fact, if a boyfriend and girlfriend desire to marry at
some point in the future, and they cannot control their passion in the
present, then they should go ahead and get married;
they should not wait any longer.4
Inappropriate sexual behavior can also lead to AIDS (HIV); AIDS can be fatal.
1:27-28, 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
2 (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
3 (Ephesians 5:3)
4 (1 Corinthians 7:9)