Date: 2018-04-08 03:19
I enjoyed this article, but I think that point #7 should have been point #6. Common sense, or wisdom, should be how everything in our lives is approached.
BTW, I tried online dating once, and it went very badly. I met a woman online, we exchanged some messages, finally met a few times, and perhaps a year after our first contact we got married. A year later she divorced me. But I don't blame the dating service, I blame myself for being stupid and her for being crazy. :-)
What if a single man or woman signs up to and meets someone? Where do they go from there? You can&rsquo t stay online forever, so how does a potential couple make the jump from the virtual world to the &ldquo real world&rdquo ?
Modern dating tends to be egalitarian (no differences between men and women in spiritual or emotional "wiring" or God-given roles). Biblical dating tends to be complementarian (God has created men and women differently and has ordained each of these spiritual equals to play different and valuable roles in the church and in the family).
If you are floating around staying single because you enjoy social flexibility or having time to yourself or hanging out with the guys or because you have worldly ideas about the perfect woman or how to approach marriage, consider: Are you approaching manhood and marriage biblically? Every male who is out of college should have at least thought this through.
It's our hope that this Q& A series will be valuable both for those who think the Bible gives sufficient guidance for operating within our current system as well as for those who are looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage.
For you busy singles with time for only one mildly irritating column per day, the summary is this: Pick a potential dating partner with an eye toward godly manhood and womanhood with an eye toward who would make a good husband or wife, defined by those characteristics God esteems in His Word, not the ones Hollywood likes.
Basically, we can make three general statements about modern dating vs. biblical dating in terms of their respective philosophies:
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