Dating the church

10 Feb

Before that, the couple has to take the initiative.Rather than directing the course of the relationship, God wants the couple to grow and learn how to make a commitment.Once they've done that, God increases his sustaining presence.I'm not saying that God doesn't have a will regarding your dating life." (No, that wasn't a suggestion for you to set up an arranged marriage.) For the Hebrews and the early church, dating wasn't an issue to be addressed in Scripture. When the Bible was written, a person basically had one of three options: remaining single, an amoral life with multiple partners or prostitutes, or an arranged marriage.There were courtship rituals in place, but nothing that looks like what we consider dating today.God may, in fact, have a spunky brunette in mind, and he's steering you toward her as you read this.But the Bible does not promise that God will provide a loving relationship for you while you sit around and do nothing.

But I do know this—if you rely on this idea too much, your dating life will get really confusing.The church has reached a difficult crossroads when it comes to pre–marriage romance.We no longer have rituals of courtship and arranged marriage to guide us every step of the way. It's also spawned a whole range of opinions and advice on how to handle dating.Some Christians take a lot of comfort in the idea that God will do the heavy lifting when it comes to dating.God will tell them if a relationship is right, and God will end it if it's not.