Christian beliefs and dating

The choice is up to you and your parents, but Christian teens should still know God’s perspective on dating.

The Bible tells us that, as Christians, we should not marry an unbeliever (2 Corinthians -15) because this would weaken our relationship with Christ and compromise our morals and standards.Also, we are not to defile our bodies by having premarital sex (1 Corinthians 6:9, 13; 2 Timothy ).The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.But single Christians may be tempted to say, "Well, it doesn't talk about dating. " To answer, it's important to take a step back and look at some principles found in Scripture. There are all kinds of advice out there about dating today, but a lot of it is about dating in the world rather than Christian dating.Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter.Now, I get emails from singles across the country looking for guidance on who and how to date.While the world’s view may be to date around as much as we want, the important thing is to discover the character of a person before making any commitment to him or her.We should find out if the person has been born again in the Spirit of Christ (John 3:3-8) and if he or she shares the same desire toward Christ-likeness (Philippians 2:5).When one is in a committed relationship, whether dating or courting, it is important to remember to love the Lord above all else (Matthew ).To say or believe that another person is “everything” or the most important thing in one’s life is idolatry, which is sin (Galatians ; Colossians 3:5).

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