SEXUAL IMMORALITY AMONG THE YOUTH AND THE STAND OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: TOWARDS WAYS OF CURBING IT

Rev. Dr. Theophilus Chukwu Ngele

Abstract


The unarguable truth remains that sexual immorality generally and premarital sex in particular has numerous consequences. Yet, upon all the impending doom prevalent from sexual immorality there is still high rate of cases of premarital sex across the society. For instance, Robert Byrd as quoted by Iduma estimates that in the rural communities, among eight graders, about six out of ten boys (61%) and five out of ten girls (47%) would have had sex; by the time they are seniors, 72% of youths would have had sex (74-75). This view is not far different from Iduma’s when he estimates, “86% of unmarried nineteen-year-old males and 75% of nineteen-year-old unmarried females would have had premarital sexual intercourse (75). Consequent upon the foregoing, the youth are seriously faced with the problem of premature death, frustration, teenage pregnancy, jeopardizing future plans, loss of integrity and infidelity in marriage. This paper laments these and looks into the menace from the Old Testament perspective.


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