(Investigator 11, 1990 March)

From age 26 onwards screen goddess Bette Davis (1908-1989) focused her famous eyes on sex. In randy behaviour she outdid Joan Crawford whom she called "that whore from MGM."

That's the impression you'll get of Bette from L Quirk’s book THE PASSIONATE LIFE OF BETTE DAVIS.

Speaking of his home country an Arab once told me: "The girls now are too quick to open wide their legs." He was becoming a Christian and so was concerned about such things.

The "New Morality", equated with sexual freedom or licence, enveloped the Western World after World War 2. Sexually transmitted Diseases (STD) such as syphilis and gonorrhea hit hundreds of millions of people but were successfully controlled by medical science. Herpes, however, had no cure and 20 million Americans had it by 1980. Other STDs include chlamydia, trichomoniasis, candidosis, chancroid, genital warts, scabies, etc.

There are also emotional, economic and social problems of unwanted pregnancies, of abortion and of single parents.

Nevertheless sex between unmarrieds is still the in thing as the news clipping shows in the case of young people.

The Advertiser 1989 October 5:  

Most don't believe in virgin brides

LONDON: Only one teenage girl in 100 believes brides should be virgins on their wedding night, according to a new survey.

About 58 per cent of the 4720 girls questioned by MIZZ magazine claimed to have had sex.

Of those under 13,  35 percent said they were no longer virgins.

A total of 53 per cent of the 15-year-old respondents said they were no longer virgins, along with 57 per cent of 16-year-olds, 65 per cent of 17-year-olds, and 76 per cent of 18 and 19-year-olds.

But 76 per cent thought girls lied about whether they were virgins.

Of those who claimed to have had sex, 59 per cent said they were under 16 when they lost their virginity.

Fifteen was the most common age, according to 24 per cent of non-virgins, followed by 14 and 16, both 21 per cent.

Four non-virgins in 100 said they had sex at the age of 12 or younger.

About 88 per cent of girls thought boys pressured girlfriends into having sex for the first time, and 62 per cent thought boys faced similar pressure from girlfriends.

"Round at his house" was the commonest place for first-time sex, according to 40 per cent of non-virgins.

Another 5 per cent said they first had sex in a car, and 4 per cent in a park.

Some people still link AIDS solely with homosexuality. Recently, however, 3 persons of 21 engaging in group-sex contracted the AIDS virus: "they were in a state of denial … they did not accept the possibility of becoming HIV infected." (Advertiser, January 20)

The Bible throughout is clear that adultery, prostitution and fornication should be avoided. God's rules as expressed in the Bible are not arbitrary. The purpose behind them is to promote happy, guilt-free lives, health, good relationships and prosperity.

For example Proverbs 3:22 says:

"do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you."

In particular the Bible relates sexual promiscuity to disease. (Proverbs 5:1-5; 6:23-35; 7:26-27)

The book SEX AND MORALITY (1966) by the British Council of Churches failed to present the Bible case against premarital sex.

Many "Christian" ministers teach: "What's loving and does no harm is O.K."

The book HERPES: CAUSE & CONTROL is full of anecdotes such as this one: "Fran was greatly troubled. A one-night stand had given her an infection with painful lesions, had complicated her relationships with room mates, put her music career in jeopardy and scarred her emotions." (p. 75)

The Bible says "God cares about you." One way God shows this care is by giving us rules and moral standards that promote health and  happiness.

A New Guinea comic-book hero called Condor Man advises the natives: "Don't be shame; Be game; Use Condoms." The Bible advice to persons not married to each other is in effect: "Don't be shame; Be game; Abstain."