Celibacy and christian dating
The idea that is still taught in some churches today is that the Christian sexual ethic came to earth fully formed, straight from heaven, about 2,000 years ago.
Throughout all that time, there was exactly one way for Christians to express their sexuality -- by staying abstinent until they got married to a person of the opposite gender. But what I wasn't taught in Sunday School is that the Bible's teachings on sex have been interpreted in many different ways.
The Middle Ages was also a "golden era" for gay poetry, especially between members of the clergy.
Not only are many Christians having sex before marriage (including 80 percent of people who self-identified as "born-again Christian, evangelical, or fundamentalist"), they're also getting smart about it.
This idea would continue to gain momentum over the next few centuries.
And it wasn't long before things got really, In medieval times, the church became deeply involved with controlling people's sex lives.
Most tellingly, only about 11 percent of today's millennial Americans depend on religious leaders for information about sex. The problem with teaching kids that the Bible is infallible and that Christian teaching has never changed is that the second they crack open a history book, or have sex, or fall in love with someone of the same gender, the carefully constructed house of faith that they've inherited from their parents starts crumbling apart. If your faith calls you to abstinence before marriage, that is fine and good.
Sex was also discouraged when a woman was menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding, (which considering there was no birth control, could have been a good deal of the time).