Human beings were created with many dimensions, one of which is our unique sexual nature. As men and women, we are physical, intellectual, emotional, relational and spiritual beings. It's these dimensions that distinguish us from the rest of creation.
Our integrated nature means that intimate sexual expression profoundly affects all dimensions of our being. Many levels of sexual expression are possible between men and women. One important expression is friendship; the sexual differences between men and women enhance meaningful, warm and healthy relationships. A second important area of sexual expression is intimacy between husband and wife.
Family life teaching and sexual education about sexual guidelines are meant to protect us from disease, fear, exploitation and dehumanization. But education and protective techniques alone are not enough. Our society needs to understand and acknowledge that there are compelling emotional, philosophical, medical, sociological and historical reasons for practicing abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage.