Man/woman relationships are established in Genesis. Marriage, including sex, between one man and one woman is God’s plan. The book is replete with cases that are not one man/one woman, but I can’t think of any that did not result in pain. Love is shown as a beautiful relationship without regard to age: Young folks, Isaac/Rebecca; old folks, Abraham/Sarah.
Biblical marriages condoned marriage between family members but not between believers and unbelievers. Lots of trouble caused by Jewish men who married foreign wives; that was because of foreign wives’ influence regarding idol worship. That is not the same as marriage between races or ethnic groups in which both parties worshiped God; examples were Moses and Zipporah and Boaz and Ruth.
Sexual relations between and husband and wife is a part of God’s plan. For a glimpse of what God thinks of that, read the Song of Solomon. Do you still blush? 😀 (But I sure don’t understand why God used Solomon to write those words. He is not my example of a Godly husband! Just an example of God doing a God-thing not an Oneta-thing.)
But sometimes lust comes disguised as love. Better beware of sex used as a tool to achieve one’s desires: Judah/Tamar, Lot/daughters, Shechem/Dinah, Potiphar’s wife/Joseph, Reuben/father’s concubines, Samson/Philistine wife.
With this background regarding marriage, I want to begin a subject current to our day. Why do young people turn to violence? What can be done about it? How does that affect our need for legislation regarding gun-control and gender issues?