And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. –Genesis 2:25.
When you consider the full context of this verse, you can see how wonderful things were for this first couple before sin entered the picture…
They lived in a tropical paradise/garden.
They had all that they needed.
They had fellowship with God.
They were naked.
They were mot ashamed.
After Adam and Eve sinned, we see that the first thing that happens, is that they become guilty and ashamed, and try to cover themselves with fig leaves. (Gen. 3:7) – Sin causes guilt and shame.
Because of sin, I learned at an early age to associate nakedness with shame. I was not taught either a healthy understanding of my own sexual feelings, nor a proper respect for women. I remember being told to “keep my pants zipped up” – but that’s about the extent of it. Like a lot of young boys, I was exposed to pornography at an early age, and this fueled an unhealthy view of sexuality that did not serve me well.
The bible calls sexual activity outside of marriage “porneia.” Take a look at this verse from 1 Thessalonians… “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality” – 1 Thess. 4:3. The word “sexual immorality” is the Greek word porneia, and Paul clearly states that this is not God’s will for the Christian. This is clear throughout the scriptures, God is against all sexual activity outside the bounds of marriage.
We need to be reminded that there is a proper place and role of sex within God’s plan for our lives -and that is within marriage. God has designed and blessed sexuality in marriage and there is no shame or guilt associated with it, that is one of the joys of marriage.
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. – Hebrews 13:4
If you are not married, know that God is against any sexual activity apart from being committed in marriage.
If you are married, know that God blesses sexual activity within your committed marriage relationship, and He is still against any sexual activity outside of your “marriage bed.”