Formerly, it was sufficient for young Christian people to know and believe that lack of control in sex matters was wrong because the bible tells us this, because Christ confirmed it, and because Christianity has always taught it. Today they are confronted with questions from a godless society which wants different answers and, moreover easy answers. The traditional ones are unacceptable to them. They feel confident that, in these enlightened times, complications like venereal disease and unwanted pregnancies only happen to the stupid and the ignorant. They also dismiss lightly, and as something belonging to the past mentality, the sense of guilt that has traditionally been attached to unchaste actions. And having disposed of these and other reasons for practising chastity, they find no other to replace them convincingly. For such young people, and for those who come in contact with them, a study of the whole problem, based on a proper understanding of what sex is, will repay serious consideration.
Since the clock cannot be put back, we must face the fact that those who want to be chaste have an uphill fight. Only too often the physical side of sex is being falsely presented to them, outside its total context, as being the “real thing,” and, consequently, it is easy for youth to confuse sex pleasure with sex. The purpose of sex education should be to cultivate a proper understanding of sex and all the enriching values it can bring to life.