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Encouraging abstinence the only way

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Abstinence is still the only way to guarantee prevention of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy. It works and also can preserve the integrity of human relationships when people are not considered as sex objects. God designed marriage for the fulfilment of sexual, emotional and spiritual desire. It can work if a man and woman commit to the principle of God which is called family. Outside of the principle we find a dysfunctional unit, unwed and single parents.

The common law union does not teach fidelity and trust, it is deception. I strongly believe that the age of consent is a fallacy. If someone is not allowed to smoke, drink or vote until they are 18 years of age, then what are we consenting to? The principle of God called love is for the mature, not those who are struggling with ego and self. I strongly recommend that the age of consent be revisited.

I encourage our young people to develop worthwhile friendships not based on pleasure but on fidelity and trust. Such relationships will last a lifetime and when the time for commitment comes they will reap the reward. I encourage our nation's leaders to promote principles of substance and not wishful thinking. In doing so, issues like abortion will not stir controversy but rather be seen through the eyes of God who said "before you were formed in your mother's womb I knew you and ordained you to be a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5).

Gregory Williams

gregorywilliams12@yahoo.com