Dating verses crazy dating advice
Similarly, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 warns us that we are to abstain from sexual immorality and to use our bodies in holiness and honor rather than lust, and that we should not "transgress or wrong" one another in these matters.
Other translations render that word "wrong" as "defraud" (see the old RSV, among others).
If you are single and keep reading this piece, you may be tempted to think of what follows as principles that limit or restrict the way you act while dating.
And the story of Ruth and Boaz is not an example of a woman "initiating" the equivalent of a modern dating relationship.) So where does all that leave us?The Biblical Dating series takes a shot at that question in detail, as does the column "Principles for Drawing Boundaries." 2.Sexual immorality is a serious sin against God and one another, and it should be actively avoided.Several passages tell us that the (unrepentant) sexually immoral will not enter the kingdom of heaven (see Galatians 5), and Proverbs presents numerous warnings against such sin (for example, Proverbs -).First Corinthians directs us to " [that is, turn and run] from sexual immorality," and Ephesians 5:3 (in the NIV) warns that there must be "not even a hint" of such immorality among believers.The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture holds that the Bible guides and instructs us authoritatively in all areas of our faith and life, and that there is no area of life about which the Bible has no guidance for us.Second Timothy -17 teaches us that "[a]ll Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." That teaching, reproof and correction may be only at the level of broad principles in some areas of life (like dating), but it will be there nonetheless.Song of Songs tells us in numerous passages not to "stir up or awaken love until it pleases" (2:7, 3:5, etc.).The orthodox, uncontroversial interpretation of this language is that it instructs men and women not to relate in ways that arouse or encourage sexual desire or a high, unique level of intimacy until it is appropriate (i.e., within the context of marriage illustrated in the book).In the nearly 10 years since I first wrote the Biblical Dating series on Boundless, I and other Boundless authors have addressed some pretty nuanced and specific questions about dating relationships.One of the great things about Boundless is that the community here is, within the confines of a clear and evangelical understanding of the Gospel, often pretty diverse in terms of the specific recommendations and approaches to dating represented by various authors.