Cohabitation is when two people live together outside of marriage in a sexual relationship. It is condemned in Scripture. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
The extraordinary book, The Case for Marriage by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher provides more statistics than anyone would ever need to see that Marriage is far superior in every way to cohabitation. It is strongly recommended to everyone who is interested in the subject.
Here are some additional disturbing statistics:
First, we know that a cohabiting boyfriend is the person most likely to abuse a child. From British child-abuse registries, we learn that a child living with his or her mother and a live-in boyfriend is 33 times more likely to be abused than a child living with his or her biological married parents. From a study of inflicted injury deaths in Missouri, we learn that children living in households with unrelated adults were 50 times more likely to die of inflicted injuries than households with both biological parents present. In 82% of the cases, the “unrelated adult” was the mother’s cohabiting boyfriend.
When we do what we want, regardless of the advice and wisdom of others, we are putting ourselves in harm’s way and laying a foundation of pain. Let us all submit to God and realize that He has a better way in Scripture! (Genesis 2:18-25)