Here, I think, is an interesting question: From a Christian standpoint--not from a contemporary societal standpoint, but from a purely Christian standpoint--is it always immoral to have sexual relations outside of marriage? Most people, I believe, will reflexively answer "yes." But is that actually the case? True, Paul does condemn "fornication," as many English versions have it. Two thoughts come to mind, however: First, unmarried sex, in the first century--long before any reliable methods of birth control were formulated--often led to unwanted pregnancies. And the father often abandoned the mother, thereby causing serious problems. Moreover, the word "fornication" is a translation of the Greek word porneia (from which we get pornography). It is generally defined, by the lexicons, as sexual immorality (which begs the question: What, exactly, does this include; and what does it exclude?). And it is closely associated with "reveling" and "carousing"--what we would nowadays refer to as partying. But it is very difficult to imagine that a couple--perhaps even a longtime couple--is "partying" when they express love in a physical manner. Thoughts?