Godly dating principles
PART 4: Navigating the Early Stages of a Relationship » Quite a few Boundless readers asked questions or made comments about my statement in “Biblical Dating: How It’s Different From Modern Dating” that “biblical dating assumes outside of marriage that Scripture explicitly prohibits?
How can you say definitively that other things are wrong? Shouldn’t our physical relationship “progress” as other aspects of our relationship deepen? I understand most physical stuff is wrong, but what about All good questions.
The orthodox interpretation of the book suggests both that an actual sexual relationship is part of what the narrative relays and a context (at the time of the sexual part of the relationship) of marriage.
Keep in mind that the idea of holy, God-glorifying sexuality is by no means an impossible standard once you figure marriage into the equation.With respect to pre-marital, romantically oriented kissing, we’re clearly talking about an area about which reasonable believers can (and do) disagree.Let me lay out what I view to be applicable biblical principles and passages on this topic.In Song of Songs, God has given us a holy and beautiful picture of a marital sexual relationship, and everyone seems to be having an excellent time.Even there, however, God is clear that sex is “Do not arouse or awaken love before it so desires.” (Song of Songs 2:7).
Still, the overwhelming majority of believers will only share that relationship with one person in their entire lives.