& The Bible
does the Bible say about Dating?
The Bible doesn't explicitly talk about
dating as you'd imagine - since dating as we know it is a relatively
new thing. But obviously people have always met and become familiar
with each other prior to marriying - except in arranged marriages.
However the Bible is quite clear about the kind of people we mix
and match with in general and it would sensibly follow to apply
this to the even more serious matter of dating and eventually
marriage itself. Here are some hints from The Bible...
1 Cor 6:18
"Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside
the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body."
1 Cor 15:33 B
"Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
2 Cor 6:15
"Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer
in common with an unbeliever?"
In dating it would make great sense to
keep the abouve principles in mind.
The fact is you usually end up marrying those you date, therefore,
consider the person's you are dating and their relationship to
the Lord (2 Cor. 6:15). The child of God should always put their
relationship to the Lord first. If we date people who are not
in a right relationship to God (perfection is not the issue since
none of us are perfect), and we end up marrying them, there is
a good chance that the unbeliever will cause us to fall away.
My experience is that about 90% of such marriages cause the believer
to fall away and every relationship I have been in with a non
believer has been short lived and ended in quite an unpleasant
way. Remember the unbeliever is not in their mind constrained
by the Biblical principles you are and therefore the balance is
uneven and it is YOU that will have to change and compromise since
your partner is already compromised. This is not tobe dogmatic
and say that relationships of this kind can never work if the
unbeliver is converted - this does happen. However you are at
far greater risk statistically to end up in a 'bad' relationship
so just think about it wisely before steaming ahead:)
Secondly, "flee" or RUN from immorality.(1 Cor. 6:18).
RUN FROM situations that will put you in a possible position where
you will be tempted to engage in immorality. Define sex with common
sense. Don't listen to the President on this issue.
Thirdly, "do not be deceived." If you hang around with
creeps, you will become one! (1 Cor. 15:33).
Related Christian topics
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Christian Bible help on dating
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