Christian women sometimes believe they must marry their boyfriend because he has pressured them into sex before marriage. The reason they believe this is because the Old Testament has a case law saying that if a man has sex with an un-betrothed virgin, he is to marry her. If people in the church become aware that a young couple are having premarital sex (e.g. the girl gets pregnant) they often tell the girl, “You are committing the sin of fornication and you can can stop it if you want to.” But the guy won’t stop, no matter how hard the girl tries to talk him out of it. So she ends up marrying him to stop the sin, because she is afraid of going to hell.
And abusive boyfriends can use this same line to pressure their girlfriends into marriage.
In Deuteronomy 22:23-29 there are three case laws about what…
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