Dating before marrige
It should never drive the relationship, but complement it.A man and woman should be careful to keep from developing this romantic intimacy too early or too quickly before they married. What about "playing married" such as sleeping in the same room, sleeping in the same sleeping bag, staying in the same hotel room, living together (all of these activities without sex)?The reason that they felt no shame was because they were "innocent." They had no sin in them, nor was their sin in the world.When they sinned (Gen.3: 7), they lost their "innocence." Sin was now in them and in the world.Adam and Eve were not to exist together without being married. a Christian marriage was also used as a picture of intimacy between Christ and His Church.Gen. "They shall become one flesh" refers not only to the physical union of two bodies, but the emotional intimacy that is part of that union as well. (Eph.-33) This was and has always been God's plan for romantic/emotional and sexual intimacy.God has ordained that the benefits of marriage come when you are married, not before.Also, this kind of situation can stimulate sexual desires either directly or by building romantic intimacy before marriage.
Romantic intimacy is a warm closeness a man and woman share together on an emotional level as they love each other as husband and wife.They and their descendents could no longer exist with their nakedness uncovered before others.They felt ashamed and humiliated before the world even though at the moment no one else existed. In Gen. God Himself recognized their need for covering their nakedness and clothed them.Jesus pointed out the sin of the woman at the well for "having a man" (living together - sexual relations) that was not her husband. Sexual intimacy/contact is more than just the act of sexual intercourse.It is by its very nature any physical contact, which stimulates a sexual response in either participant (even if nakedness is not uncovered).