In 1611 King James Version, the first English translation of the Christian Bible Fornicated as an adjective is still used in botany, meaning "arched" or "bending over" (as in a leaf).John Milton plays on the double meaning of the word in The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty (1642): "[She] gives up her body to a mercenary whordome under those fornicated [ar]ches which she cals Gods house." The Pauline epistles contain multiple condemnations of various forms of extramarital sex.He states that, from a Biblical perspective, "physical union should not take place outside a "one flesh" (i.e. In [1 Corinthians] chapter 7 Paul addresses the situation of two unmarried Christians who are burning with passion (7:8–9) who should either exercise self-control or be permitted to marry (cf. The underlying assumptions are the same as those in Deuteronomy 22." However, a minority of theologians have argued in more recent times that premarital sex may not be immoral in some limited circumstances.An example is John Witte, who argues that the Bible itself is silent on the issue of consensual, premarital sex between an engaged couple.A deontological view of sex interprets porneia, aselgeia and akatharsia in terms of whether the couple are married or non-married.What makes sex moral or immoral is the context of marriage.The First Epistle to the Corinthians states "Flee from sexual immorality" and lists adulterers and "those who are sexually immoral"/practicing-fornicators in a list of "wrongdoers who... The Apostolic Decree of the Council of Jerusalem also includes a prohibition of fornication.Throughout history, most theologians have argued that any and all forms of premarital sex are immoral.
A more contemporary example is the modern-day theologian Lee Gatiss who argues that premarital sex is immoral based on scripture.When one of the partners to consensual sexual intercourse is a married person, it may be described as adultery.For many people, the term carries an overtone of moral or religious disapproval, but the significance of sexual acts to which the term is applied varies between religions, societies and cultures.For instance, during the lifetime of Jesus, there was a strong social disapproval among Romans of polygamy.This made its way into Judaism and early Christianity, despite the Old Testament portraying examples of this behaviour among patriarchs and kings.