Many students ask the question, “How far should I go on a date?
” Here are some principles that will help you decide what is appropriate behavior on a date. , All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page that grants Christian Answers.
The tally amongst my own four children so far: Divorce because of domestic violence and gambling, Separation because of incompatibility; Divorce because their spouse turned out to be emotionally unstable; Separation because their spouse had a severe personality disorder, and refused to take the prescribed medicine; Separation because of money being used as a means of manipulative control, and because of unrealistic expectations; Separation because of apprehended violence, manipulation and gambling. To me, the rough road represented life with Christ but without Bob. I guess I was treating marriage like a two-legged stool (just Bob and I) and expecting it to stand up! Here are some issues I now know I should have considered or that I would have had to consider if I were to marry in this present era.
The good road represented life with Bob, (whom I could see and touch), but without having to put Christ first in my life. And speaking of the children, will your husband agree with your sending them to Sunday School, taking them to church, taking part in whatever rites your church practices; or will he say that children should not be brain-washed with religion, but should be allowed to wait until they are adult, and can then make up their own minds?
We should date for fun, friendship, personality development and selection of a mate, not to be popular or for security.
Don't allow peer pressure to force you into dating situations that are not appropriate.
I personally believe that the telling word here is "unequally" -- certainly a Christian should never submit his or her belief to that of the non believer.
And if Paul were speaking strictly of marriage in 2nd Corinthians then he has clearly contradicted the statement in 1st Corinthians:"But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
The Bible, especially the New Testament, warns Christians to avoid idolatry.
Realize that over 50% of girls and over 40% of guys never date in high school.
The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating.
Certainly I can think of no instance of Christ saying any such thing.
Paul's command to "be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" obviously refers to "infidels" (idol worshippers, for example) rather than an agnostic struggling for faith.