In Exodus 22 we read, If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry for her to be his wife.
Taking the Law as our schoolmaster, we can learn something of God’s heart for a girl’s innocence. He who has sex with this young girl, must provide for and protect her for the rest of her life.
This idea became what was called in America as a “shotgun” wedding. At one time is our society a woman’s father could force her seducer to marry her. But what of today? Because sex exists outside of marriage in the majority of the American culture, girls have lost the expectation of marriage and fathers have lost the will to insist upon it for their daughters.
In Exodus, it was clear that our God has the young woman’s best interest in mind. He is the original feminist, in that only He can protect the female. And His law was intended to do just that.
So, what would He say of our multiple sex partners before marriage? And to my original point, what would He say of the growing industry of child prostitution?
It is true to say that God hates sexual immorality. But, combine it with profit and the rape of children, and I can envision the flairing nostrils and clenched fists of a wrathful God. Yes, He is long-suffering with us. But, He is not forever-suffering.