For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error." [Romans -27] "To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned.
But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that." [1 Corinthians -28] "None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, and none of the sons of Israel shall be a cult prostitute.
by Scott Croft Before continuing with this column, please review the preamble included at the beginning of Scott's first article in this series, "Biblical Dating: An Introduction." * * * A promise is a promise.
The Bible is clear that we are asked to care for one another, and in learning how to be a keeper for each other, we are also taught through the word about how to treat one another.
Being in an abusive relationship is never okay, because no one ever deserves abuse.
Jesus makes it clear that God’s commands are for our good: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew –40).
In addition to what all of you saw on the blog, I have received dozens of questions and comments in e-mails, which I and the folks at Boundless have culled through to see what the most pressing questions seem to be.
Judging from both frequency and "passion," the most pressing questions arising from the last piece involve physical involvement — which I'm about to cover, initiation of relationships (especially the bit about involving the woman's father), and the practical details of how one of these relationships works.
Physical intimacy grows more meaningful the better you know your partner and the more you care for them.
But when our culture says that sex is good in other contexts, that’s where there’s an inherent conflict. “Well, if you’re having sex with different men or women and it doesn’t bring you lasting joy or fulfillment, the only hope you have for intimacy and sexual fulfillment is to improve your technique.” God’s commands are not arbitrary.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
All of these topics will, Lord willing, be covered in future columns.