Virginity pledges (or abstinence pledges) are commitments made by teenagers and young adults to refrain from sexual intercourse until marriage. They are most common in the United States, especially among Catholic and Evangelical Christian denominations. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) survey reports said that by age 19, 80% of men and 75% of women have lost their virginity.
A student from New Zealand measured the value of her virginity when she had sold her virginity on the internet to pay for her university studies. For an offer of 32mila dollars (45 thousand Australian dlr), she go to bed with a stranger.
For pledges or covenant entered into by both parties, biblically speaking, no man can add or makes it void.
Gal 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
When confirmed, it becomes final and permanent. This will bring both the truthful with good conscience and the abusive offender into judgment.
Eccles 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
It is a must therefore, in any relationship like courtship, that everyone should have a good motive and not just satisfying the lust of the flesh or just make advances unto one another. Unlike a grasshopper or a butterfly hopping from one place to another.
Eccles 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The intent alone, even without the actual sacrament of marriage, binds one another to honor the engagement. In fact in earlier times, Joseph accepted Mary as his wife even before they come together as husband and wife.
Mt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Mt 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Mt 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Mt 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
I remember the commercial TV ad where it says: "A real man knows how to wait." Virginity pledges therefore are biblical and are of God.
But, where on earth comes the idea of wearing a very long gown during wedding ceremonies?
I saw this slogan in the internet "Shop the latest clothing from Peacocks including women's wedding gown, maternity dresses, jeans, tops and trousers. Lovingly created for you."
Are they some kind of a peacock fanatics?
Eccles 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.