If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then 1 Corinthians 13 says that you truly have a loving relationship.

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then maybe you should discuss those issues with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

There are two popular, misleading ways of relating the Bible to dating. In other words, the institution of dating does not receive its legitimacy from covenantal realities and does not “sanctify” as marriage does (1 Cor. Dating is merely the way our culture manages the transition from singleness to marriage without the ancient (secular) courtship structures.

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.

He has not left you to crude speculation (libertarian) or crass rigidity (purist). God is not sitting on the sidelines of your romantic life waiting for you to become winsome (Prov. He anticipates, delights in, and works through awkward faithfulness (1 Cor. (4) Pre-marital romantic feelings are part of the inherent goodness of creation (Gen. Fall: (5) You are a sinner, and will desire to use, lie, manipulate, and push emotional, physical, and relational boundaries for unholy reasons (Jer. Don't structure your relationship as if you will always be at the top of your game (Matt.

Here are some starting places for living in an other-worldly (Eph.

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Not only is there nothing said about the topic, but the concept of dating didn’t even exist in biblical times.

Even today in the cultures of the Middle East, dating is a relatively new concept.

Dating and courting are basically the same thing—just different terms.