Like many issues today, there is no black-and-white answer.
For teenagers and other unmarried Christians, the question is whether romantic kissing before marriage should be regarded as a sin.
For devout Christians, the answer boils down to what is in your heart at the time.
A dictionary definition of intimacy talks about close friendship, deep emotional connection, and sexual involvement.
To be intimate with someone is to be close to him or her, to reveal private information, to feel linked together.
Intimacy includes emotional and spiritual connectedness as well as physical connection.
Dating couples grow more and more intimate as they become more serious about the relationship.
And we kiss our family members as a normal expression of affection.
In many cultures and countries, kissing is a common form of greeting among friends. Of course, as everyone understands, these forms of kissing are a different matter than romantic kissing.
Most devout Christians believe that the Bible discourages sex before marriage, but what about other forms of physical affection before marriage?
Does the Bible say that romantic kissing is a sin outside the boundaries of marriage? This question can be especially problematic for Christian teenagers as they struggle to balance the requirements of their faith with societal norms and peer pressure.
First, some types of kisses are acceptable and even expected.