Messy Relationships Relationships are complicated, plain and simple.When Adam and Eve rebelled against God they forever altered the harmonious state of our relationships and brought into our relationships pride, miscommunication, selfishness, resentment and deception. But first...a quick message from our commercial sponsor... Every relationship you have should first honor and glorify God. I'm talking about every aspect of your life should be based on biblical principles. It does talk about relationships though...including teen dating. Before you engage in physical contact...remember that the person you're becoming intimate with may not be your spouse. We find what Paul is talking about in Exodus which says... It's almost the same...right down to the promise at the end which Paul talks about in verse three in Ephesians. Honour doesn't necessarily mean "obey" like in verse one. No matter where you are in life..should always honor your parents. They even know a lot more than you do no matter what you think.
But this storm is as real and destructive as any of those we talked about above. Yeah, I know the Bible doesn't have the word "dating" in it. The way you do things now in your dating relationship will influence the way you react to the one you marry. Which leads us to our first principle on teen dating. God's Word clearly tells us to stay away from close relationships with unbelievers. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? Dating shouldn't mean "mini-marriage." You aren't really married, so don't act like it. If this isn't enough to convince you, then look at what the Bible says about it. If you look in your Bible...you'll notice I didn't quote verse one (1.) The reason...? You're "young adults." And some day, you're going to move out on your own..from under your parents authority..live your own life.
One of the great things about Boundless is that the community here is, within the confines of a clear and evangelical understanding of the Gospel, often pretty diverse in terms of the specific recommendations and approaches to dating represented by various authors.
So if you are a regular and thorough Boundless reader, you've had a lot to think about!
Casual contact and a helping hand are still allowed. That's not the kind of fire Paul is talking about here. Just keep in mind, God's Word tells us to avoid intimate touching until we find that special marriage partner God has led us to.
But I wouldn't read the whole study at the same time. It would be best to have your Bible handy for this Bible study. I don't always reference the numbers of each verse. It opens in a new window so you can study the Bible lesson and God's Word at the same time! 14, 15.) The point is..have nothing in common spiritually with unbelievers. ...including dating, and certainly including marriage. You may win them to Christ..you most likely won't "date them to Christ." Date Christians who can understand what you go through..tough times..good times..times of prayer..times of rejoicing. Does the Bible have any advice for the teen dating scene in the 21st century about touching? Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. And to remove any doubts...verse one (1) speaks of not "touching." Unfortunately, this verse has been abused by many well-meaning Bible teachers. This doesn't mean a guy should never, ever touch a girl. The word "touch" has been used in other places to mean "starting a fire." No..isn't talking about the time you went on that romantic date and knocked the candle over setting your girlfriend's formal on fire. If you can remember what the new word is, you can remember what the first letter of each word in the phrase is.