In this chapter we’re going to look at the godly way to find a husband or wife.
We’ll contrast the modern dating culture with godly dating practices.
They are also the building blocks of communities, societies and, ultimately, civilizations. Though the Bible gives no specific age when dating is appropriate, wise parents will teach their maturing children sound biblical principles that will help them follow God’s standards of behavior.
A society is only as strong as its marriages and families. Parents should determine when their children are ready to date based on their maturity and readiness to accept responsibility for their actions.
Without this instruction, many young people make mistakes that hinder their potential for having a happy marriage.
Loving parents would never wish misery on their children, but leaving them ignorant is a sure path to heartache.
They believe that sex is simply a natural expression of love between two people and therefore the normal thing to do when individuals are “going together” or living together in an exclusive relationship.If the couple breaks up and the two start dating others, the common assumption is that they are then free to have sexual relations with their new partners.This practice of serial monogamy-being sexually active with only one other person at a time-is widely considered to be a suitable way to date and find a future spouse.When we have our educations and an established career, we are ready to date more seriously toward marriage.Of course, even dating for marriage often begins on a social basis of getting to know another person.The foundation for a good marriage is laid long before the wedding ceremony. Before parents allow dating, they should teach and encourage their children to follow biblical standards rather than turning them loose to do whatever comes naturally.