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Relationships 101 Dating - is it Biblical?

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In our day, dating arrangements are made entirely by young people apart from their parent’s involvement. The date is planned by young people with an expectation of physical intimacy. The couple knows that intimacy is going to happen; all that is not known is the measure, or the regularity of physical intimacy. Our young women are left very vulnerable. Without her father's protection, she alone must determine how far she and the boy goes, and that determination is most often made in the heat of the moment. Furthermore, there is no commitment beyond the next date. The focus is on the “now” and immediate, mutual gratification. Most of the time there is sex with no commitment. In our next installment of the series, Relationships 101 we will be searching the Scriptures to answer the question, “Dating…Is it Biblical?”

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Relationships 101 Dating - is it Biblical?

  1. 1. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical?
  2. 2. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? Advantages of being single: No marital distractions
  3. 3. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? “But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” (1 Cor 7:8-9)
  4. 4. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? Don’t trivialize the words, “I love you.” Don’t “pop the question” unless you’re sure. Don’t say “I do” with no real commitment.
  5. 5. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? The “Date”
  6. 6. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical?
  7. 7. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? Our young women are left very vulnerable. Without her father's protection, she alone must determine how far she and the boy goes, and that determination is most often made in the heat of the moment.
  8. 8. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? In the US, a million teenagers get pregnant annually. 40% end in abortion; 13% in a miscarriage. 50% of babies born in U.S. are on food stamps. 90% of males and 80% of females are sexually active by the age of eighteen years. One in five girls will be date- raped, but only 5% report it. 50% of teenagers think it is OK to force sex.
  9. 9. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 1.) Dating is in direct contradiction to the Scriptures, that admonish us to "flee youthful lusts" and to "flee fornication." (Eph 4:22; 2 Tim 2:22; 1Cor 6:18)
  10. 10. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? God frowns on romantic “touches” outside of marriage. Proverbs 6:28-29 - “Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.”
  11. 11. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 2.) Dating ignores the biological facts of human sexuality. At the end of the marriage ceremony the preacher says, “You may now kiss the bride!” This statement seems to assume that the groom has never kissed the woman before that day.
  12. 12. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 3.) Dating tends to abuse and misuse what doesn’t belong to you. The baggage remaining from painful dating must be dealt with by the person who takes your leftovers as their wife or husband.
  13. 13. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 4.) Dating is the starting place for destroying relationships There is no commitment by either party to continue beyond the first date.
  14. 14. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 5.) Dating becomes a preparation for handling divorce, not a preparation for building a permanent marriage. Dating gets one used to the idea of rejecting and being rejected in the search for the perfect relationship.
  15. 15. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 6.) Dating builds insecurity into relationships. Imagine a marriage without scars of rejection to overcome because you have been hurt earlier by partners who were unfaithful.
  16. 16. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? 7.) Dating prevents the building of friendships When you date there is the selectiveness of romantic, sexual relationships that prevent the building of friendships.
  17. 17. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? When you date, you begin to prematurely bond with a person at a sensual level. Dating produces a rapidly developing passion for someone that through sensual contact and sexual activity, fogs your objectivity.
  18. 18. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? So what is the alternative to dating?
  19. 19. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? The alternative to dating is NOT courtship!
  20. 20. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? • The concept of courtship has changed from its original intent. • Courtship is not “going out in groups” or “double-dating.” • Courting is not what “Christian” teenagers do instead of dating. • Courting is what a man and woman do in preparation for marriage.
  21. 21. Relationships 101 Dating, Is it Biblical? Next Time: Biblical Courtship & Marriage

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