Biblical dating rules
In 1 Corinthians 7:3 and following, Paul says once we are married, our bodies literally belong to our spouse; he also instructs spouses to meet one another’s sexual needs and to be together regularly so as to protect ourselves from falling into ungodly lust and extramarital sexual activity.If you have any doubts about God’s intention to give us sex as a wonderful, pleasurable gift, Song of Songs should put them to rest.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).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.
Would you describe whatever you did as “holy and honorable,” or was it done to satisfy the “passionate lust” of you or your partner or both (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5)?
Do you believe that you and your partner “honor[ed] God with your bodies” in doing what you did (1 Corinthians )?
Whatever you did, did that interaction reflect of sexual immorality in what you did (Ephesians 5:3-5)?
Were you honest with the person about making a commitment to him or her before the Lord, or did you defraud or deceive that person in some way?
Was your for doing what you did to build that person up spiritually — to make that person “more holy” (Ephesians -29)?