FORNICATION: WHAT IS IT? WHEN IS IT COMMITTED?
1Corinthians 6:18; 1Corinthians 7:1-2;
Fornication is the incontinence or lewdness of unmarried persons, male or female. Occasionally, it means unchastity. Hebrews 13:4; It is a sexual intercourse a person and a unmarried person – 1Corinthians 5:1
Up to this day, this truth is well understood in the Middle East, Greece , Turkey , Syrians Christian living in Iraq , Palestine . These countries have upheld God’s word that women should be virgins up to the day of their marriage, there must be proof that they are virgins, and if they are not, they can be PUT AWY right then, the same night.
Now here is how it is done based on God’s word: We read in the Bible about the token of virginity. The day of the marriage, the parents of the girl give some kind of towel or cloth, and after her virginity is broken, the blood will be wiped on that cloth, and that cloth is given back to the parents of the girl to keep as a PROOF that their daughter was a virgin when she married. As soon as they get the bloody cloth, the parents proudly dance before the guests with joy that their daughter was a virgin. If she was not a virgin, sometimes the father & brothers kill the girl right there. But if they do not kill her, the bridegroom can put her away right then, and marry someone else. Such customs are still practiced in remote villages & towns in Greece , Turkey , and the Middle East .
When Joseph saw Mary was with a child, he thought of “putting Mary away privately