Neither painful relationships nor painful bodies

Hardly a day goes by without some reference in the news media to premarital and/or extramarital sex. The context may be AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, or some other social problem. But satisfying answers to the pros and cons of sexual conduct are sometimes hard to find.

In this interview, which was broadcast originally on the Christian Science SentinelRadio Edition, Mark Unger, who is a Christian Scientist, tells how he worked out his feelings on the subject a number of years ago after he and a female friend had become involved in an intimate relationship.

Having grown up in the Christian Science Sunday School, I got some spiritual answers to this whole question about sexual activity—whether to share a physical relationship with somebody outside the context of marriage. I had a feeling that it was definitely not a good thing to do, and yet at the same time, society—the world around me—was saying free love is an acceptable thing. It's OK, it's the natural thing. So I had to make decisions on my own about what is right, what is wrong, what is good, what is bad, what is satisfying, and what is not satisfying.

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