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What is wrong with masturbation?

Some people claim that it is a natural response to natural desires. The Bible challenges us to think differently.

You may have heard of masturbation (self stimulation) being presented in a positive way as a normal healthy activity. It is claimed that it can help young people ease anxiety and, after or even during puberty, relieve sexual frustration. So is there anything wrong with this teaching? What is a… Read more.
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Thinking Biblically about identity

We’re often told that we can define our identity by what we feel – but where does the Bible say our identity comes from?

Thinking Biblically about identity The Bible teaches that in the beginning God created human beings, male and female in His image [1]. Jesus repeated this when He was talking to some religious leaders, what He said is recorded in Matthew 19:4. He answered, “Have you not read that He who… Read more.
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‘Love has no limits, love has no labels’

I saw these words written on a banner. The message seems catchy and welcoming to all. But is it the truth or is it an attractive deception? And what is meant by love?

The Bible clearly states that true love is from God. In fact such love is so much part of God’s character that the Apostle John writes that ‘God is Love’. God’s love is shown above all in the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of… Read more.
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How do I end a relationship that I don’t think is working?

In spite of good intentions you may find yourself in a relationship that you can’t see resulting in a good marriage.

Perhaps you’ve read our articles about finding the right marriage partner or five questions to ask yourself before going out with someone, but now find yourself in a relationship that you can’t see resulting in a good marriage. In contrast to marriage, going out and even engagement are times for… Read more.
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Why save sex for marriage? – a testimonial

I remember when I was a teenager, that so many of my class mates seemed to be having sex, it was almost like I was the weird one for wanting to wait until I was married.

A few years further down the line at university, there were guys I liked, and some of my non-Christian friends would ask, “Have you slept with him?”. “Of course not”, I would answer, to which they would inevitably ask “But how will you know if he is worth going out… Read more.
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Does having a relationship conflict with feminism?

In order to answer this question, we need to clarify what feminism is.

Defining feminism is particularly difficult because the word has been used to mean many things to different people at different times. Feminism’s first wave is usually dated back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and focused particularly on establishing a woman’s right to vote. Interestingly, before this time,… Read more.
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How should I relate to the opposite sex?

It is important that we think about how our motivations and behaviours impact those around us – especially when it comes to the possibility of romance.

This is a common question from young people in church youth groups who are feeling attracted to a Christian young man or young woman who might even become a godly wife or husband in the future. Recognise others in the group as Christian brothers and sisters. It is easy to… Read more.
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Lust: How can I stop?

What is the difference between being attracted to someone and lusting after them? And if lust is a problem, how can we stop?

Physical attraction is natural and helpful in deciding who to marry, though it shouldn’t be the main decider. Lust involves allowing our thoughts about another person to turn sexual outside of marriage [1]. Lust can be especially difficult for men because they are often easily provoked by what they see,… Read more.
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Pornography (part 4): A cause of abuse within society

Pornography doesn’t just badly affect the people who use it – but also those who perform in it.

People are used for entertainment and money. Pornography is a massive industry driven by money and makes a large profit each year. The actors and actresses see little of this money. People are not treated with dignity and respect. Those who make money from the pornography industry make it by… Read more.
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Why is it wrong to be ‘bi’?

Claiming to be ‘bisexual’ seems to be popular at the moment. The Bible distinguishes what we desire from what we do, and who we are from what we desire.

Claiming to be ‘bisexual’ seems to be popular at the moment. It can mean different things to different people. To some it means being sexually attracted to both sexes. To others it means wanting to be or being in a sexual relationship with both sexes. Sometimes it is not only… Read more.