It is time for Christians to start talking about dating. The trajectory of lives and eternities are in the balance. Yes, I am.
Among the things not specifically addressed in the Bible mainly because it was written thousands of years ago is the intriguing world of online dating. This brings us to a few questions: Should Christians use online dating? How do you navigate online dating?
Dating nowadays is hard. There are endless underhand tacticsunspoken rules and too many options. Although the average marriage age is increasing, a study found that religious communities are continuing to marry at a traditional, young age.
Jump to navigation. The fact is that Christian singles who are marriage-minded and commitment-focused need more than Christian dating advice when it comes to the season of their lives where a potential mate comes along. They would flourish, instead, with guidelines and Christian dating rules that they can recognize within Scripture and bring along into the rest of their lives.
G od wants the best for us in every area of our lives. This includes relationships with boyfriends or girlfriends. We should date for fun, friendship, personality development and selection of a mate, not to be popular or for security.
How long should a Christian date before getting married? What is enough time in Christian courting before marriage occurs? Is 6 months too soon to get married?
Because this sort of perhaps unintentional deception is a particular temptation in a dating context, we need to be deliberate about avoiding it. This is not the only way the early part of a relationship might look. These are simply suggested applications of biblical principles. In the end, there is no formula and no rote substitute for intellectually honest Christians seeking to care well for one another and to faithfully apply Scripture to infinitely varied relational circumstances.
A dear brother in the Lord named Roberto has a huge fascination with cars, especially sports cars, like the Camaro and any model Porsche. In his native country of Brazil, he and his buddies often spend a Saturday afternoon test driving new cars at a local dealership just for fun. Modern dating was successfully launched during the sexual revolution and spiritual mayhem of the s and many of the principles of biblical dating courtship rapidly became less prominent and less important in our society.
Now while this couple did suffer the consequences of their choice, God remained faithful throughout the history of time to His covenant with King David and his generational line which would eventually lead to the birth of Jesus Christ. An issue of divide developing among Christians on dating is whether you should only move in this direction with someone you intend to marry. The motivation behind this thought is fear and insecurity. Maybe this is why we see so much sneaky and restrained young Christian dating behavior.