One study found that religious belief only affected 10% of teenagers’ decision to have sex. That 10%, though, made more mature and thoughtful decisions related to sex. What set these teens apart from the other 90% that believed? They had what is referred to as internalized religion. Religious belief was something that defined them as a person, not just another part of their life. I would say this argues that a true connection to the Creator, regardless of specific denomination, is a positive thing.
Religion is a positive and mitigating force in our ‘do what we want, when we want’ society. While it seems to be trendy for educated women to be an atheist or agnostic, I would venture to say it is often these very women who promote casual sex as if it does not have any repercussions. Though I think having casual sex and being ‘wild and free’ is an easier route to take, the negative emotional and physical effects of such a lifestyle cannot be denied. That is not to say that taking a conservative approach is easy. Many times women feel that they cannot find anyone to date who understands their religious beliefs and subsequent views on sex. It isn’t easy living in a world where you hold traditional beliefs but are encouraged by society to act in a popular fashion.
At this point, I want to know, what do you believe?
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