When a guy and a girl decide to have sex before marriage, one of the arguments used to justify this is the classic, “You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive.”
This is, on the surface, sound logic. In its full extension, it means that if the test drive isn’t favorable, you can decide not to purchase. There are a lot of things around you can take back. You can return a pair of pants if they don’t fit. You can ask the waiter to take your food back to the kitchen if it’s not to your taste. Some stores will take back a toy if the child didn’t find it amusing.
But fortunately, our high-tech world offers an analogy that works in this situation, to some degree. Here it is: Having sex before marriage is less like a test drive of a car, and more like buying a package of computer software. Once you break open the package, you’ve bought it; there’s no taking it back.