Q&A: The Line On Physical Touch Before Marriage

Q: Where is the line on Physical Touch before marriage? I think some think this refers only to sex.

A: This is a good question. I cannot give a categoric answer for everyone but I can give you some suggestions. Certainly, sexual intercourse should be off limits for a couple who is dating. But I think other things should also be off limets: putting your hands under clothes, taking off clothes, touching each other’s sexual organs…I think those things are off limits because they are next door to sexual intercourse. Holding hands, on the other hand, is in a different cateogy. Giving a sincere hug or kiss, as I see it, is in a different category. However, I think each individual must draw some guidelines, otherwise we end up going where we never intended to go.