If we’re really serious about “biblical dating,” than our Friday night rendezvous at Starbucks would probably need to include our entire extended family, a dowry, and a couple hundred donkeys, goats, and sheep somewhere in the mix.I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty awkward first date to me.
"Dating" is viewed as more casual and usually wrapped up in a simple series of romantic encounters (both emotional and physical).
Before we get into this though, we've gotta throw out the reminder that if your parents have told you that they do not want you to date yet, then you must respect their rules.
Many believe the story of the origin of humankind is all about original sin.
But when you take a closer look at the story of Adam and Eve and the Fall, you see that original sin isn’t the true message of the story or our conclusion as Christians. Original sin is the doctrine which holds that human nature has been morally and ethically corrupted due to the disobedience of mankind’s first parents to the revealed will of God.
First things first, let's separate how the world views dating from how God wants us to handle the period of time before a couple gets married.
According to 2 Peter -20, God's way is totally contradictory to the way the world says unmarried couples should act.
Also, note that original sin is a condition, not something that people do.
It’s the normal spiritual and psychological condition of human beings, not their bad thoughts and actions.
So I thought it might be helpful to mark the (nearly) 10-year anniversary of the Biblical Dating series by asking again, The answer in a literal sense, of course, is "nothing." Not only do the words "dating" and "courtship" fail to appear in Scripture, but the Bible never depicts the sociological phenomenon of an unmarried man and woman meeting, deciding on their own to become romantically involved, and pursuing a relationship from the stages of acquaintance through marriage.
(Song of Songs gets the closest, but it's more of a love poem that teaches the expression of love and sexual desire in the context of marriage.) It's also important, as I've stressed in other columns, not to inject into Scripture implications for dating than are called for — especially in the wrong genres and contexts of the Bible.
Does the fact that the Bible has nothing explicit to say about dating mean that it has nothing practical or authoritative to us about how to conduct a dating relationship?