Is Sex A Sin?

Q. Re: Genesis 3:7 “they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

Adam and Eve got a child by having sex but why did they have sex only after they sinned? Why didn’t they have sex and have children before sinned? Was sex known to them only after they sinned or before they sinned also? Before sinning they definitely knew that they were husband and wife but why were they not ashamed at being naked until after they sinned? Is sex a sin, or not a sin?

A. In Genesis 1:28 God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and increase in number”. In doing so He was delegating the creation process to them, and the method He gave them was sexual intercourse. Therefore sex between a husband and wife is not a sin. We don’t know how much time lapsed between this command and the sin in Genesis 3, but many scholars speculate that it was a short period, perhaps even just a few days.

In Genesis 2:25 it says that they were both naked and felt no shame before they sinned. But afterwards they did feel shame and made clothes for themselves to cover their nakedness. This tells us that their sin caused their perspective about each other to change, and they were no longer innocent in their thoughts. Satan’s promise had partially come true. They now had the knowledge of good and evil, but they had not become like God. Quite the opposite. They had become like Satan.

In the first pagan religions, Satan used the sex act as a form of worship. What had been God’s ultimate act of intimacy and love to be reserved for a married man and woman became an act of pagan worship performed without love by strangers.

Fornication and adultery are both sins punishable by death in God’s law showing that it’s man’s improper indulgence in sexual intercourse that’s a sin, not the act itself.

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