Abstinence

Cam Menear and Sidney Paynter

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend, the singer Ciara, recently announced plans to remain sexually abstinent until marriage. Sexual Abstinence is refraining from having sex until marriage. Less than 3% of people remain abstinent. Having sex before marriage can take a toll on a person emotionally, mentally, and physically.  There are multiple reasons to remain abstinent.

Many high school students are participating in sexual activities now days. There is a lot of peer pressure to have sex.  They believe that it’s fun, cool, or will even get you in with the popular crowd, even if that all were true the pleasures of it can only last so long before having sex will start to affect you emotionally. You will/could start feeling naughty, guilty, regret, mistrust, shameful, loss of respect, rejection, sadness, depression, anger, loneliness, frustration, fear, and worry. Around 46% of high school students have lost their virginity.

Physically by having sex before marriage you are taking a chance of really hurting yourself and/or someone else. You are taking a chance on getting pregnant in high school, or getting pregnant before you are ready. We all know getting pregnant in high school isn’t a very good idea. No teenager is ready to have a child in high school. They are not emotionally or financially ready. Teenagers don’t make enough money to comfortably take care of a child. “When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” –Isaiah 60:22. They are still children themselves and are learning how to be adults. You may think I won’t get pregnant if I use protection, Well you still can. Condoms and birth control is not enough. They don`t even work 100% of the time either. You can also get infections or STD`s even when using a condom. You can get diseases like Syphilis, Gonorrhea, HIV/Aids, HPV, chlamydia, and herpes 2. These are all very dangerous STD`s.

Sex is everywhere in the world we live in and it makes things very challenging.  They say the average sixteen-year-old boy has a sexual thought every 20 seconds. The bible says in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” God wants you to have sex but when you’re married. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3 the Bible says “It is God`s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.” Immorality occurs when two people who are not married and have sex. God isn’t saying you will die and go to hell if you have sex before marriage, but it is something that you should definitely avoid.

With the cost of raising a baby estimated to be $11,000 in the first year alone. That breaks down to approximately $900 a month in extra expenditures. There are so many costs to raising a child. Housing, food, health care, day care, transportation, clothing, education, and many other miscellaneous expenses. Middle-income, married-couple parents of a child may expect to spend $233,610 for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise a child through age 17. These statistics are for a middle class family. Many people these days are single parents, and/or don`t have the financial help to properly raise a child.

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