purity

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The Purity Problem

Let me begin by affirming that purity, as defined in the bible, is real and life-giving and available to us as a gift from Jesus. Abstinence outside of marriage is something the Bible encourages as a way to avoid sin and therefore be closer to God. That being said, the youth group "purity culture" I grew up with in America around the year 2000 was grievously flawed. I think that those of us who grew up with purity rings and chastity pledges, those of us who spent countless nights praying for our future perfect for us husbands, praying we wouldn't die before our wedding nights, were misled. The culture that grew out of books like Joshua Harris's I Kissed Dating...