But single Christians may be tempted to say, “Well, it doesn’t talk about dating. ” To answer this question, it’s important to take a step back and look at some principles found in scripture.
In a letter to a new group of believers, Paul is addressing their questions of what’s okay and not okay for them to partake in as believers in Christ.
The question of whether dating a non-Christian was right or wrong seemed a hapless waste of time in that moment.
” when she is feeling low about herself, initiating a study on Psalm 139 as a couple.
Dating someone from a different faith can be incredibly rewarding or a disaster of biblical proportions. After dedicating six years to Evangelical Christianity, at 24, I decided to venture into the "real world." I landed on the densely populated isle of O’ahu, Hawaii, where I met a striking doctor-in-training with bone-dry humor, a motorcycle, and a Fu Manchu mustache (it was Movember).
Most importantly, guidelines and principles for dating could transform lives and shape eternities. And we have a responsibility as men and women of God to be pro-active. The truth is you could spend your life with more than one person. If you are confident God called you to marry, he will deliver.
But we can’t be pro-active unless principles are established. I hope and pray the words from this post will spark further conversations in your ministries, relationships, and homes. If you need to take a minute to let that sink in, I will be here when you get back… Here’s the deal: God doesn’t set up marriage as a divine lottery where every person has one winning ticket. While marriage is a huge sanctifier, it is not something God says is mandatory.
A: Type the word “dating” into your bible search tool, and what comes up? When I was single, I remember wishing there was an entire book of the bible dedicated to the topic, or at least even a chapter.
I know I’m not alone in this frustration, because as a professional counselor and dating coach, I get get emails from hundreds of singles across the country, looking for some guidance when it comes to this crazy little thing called dating.Mr E and I could talk for hours without being bored, our silences comfortable, all because we travelled the road of our friendship not suspecting that the other would jump out of the “Safe List” onto the “Potential Suitors List”.I could call him after a stressful day at work and vent to him for hours, where he would summarise every word I said in a few sentences, bringing me to revelations, not unlike the magical skills of a trained counsellor.Paul answers them by challenging their thinking, and taking it to the next level.In addressing their list, he challenges the church not to simply ask “is it okay”, but instead to ask “is it beneficial”? As believers, we can learn a lot from this concept as we look at making choices in our life, particularly with regards to dating.My own faith and beliefs in Christ simply won’t let me comfortably be a part of a non-Christian relationship. Deep down I know I want to be with a man that understands me, my faith, and shares the same hopes and beliefs for the world and life that were brought to his heart by that first acquaintance with Jesus. A couple I know waited a number of years to marry, and with two adopted kids later they still act like infatuated teenagers well into their 70s.