The Principles of Christian Dating
Dating is a natural desire in life; therefore Christian dating is not that easy as the guidelines provided by the Christian faith. Some people find it difficult with their religious beliefs when entering into a relationship with another person, therefore you should not love anyone more than you love your God - and thus. The desires of the flesh are strong and therefore your faith must be strong enough to keep God in your life as a Christian. Christian dating excludes having sexual and casual emotional feelings and dating unnecessarily. Young Christians feel pressure from friends and schoolmates to date the way non-Christians commonly do. Giving in to pressure can lead to bad decisions regarding what is believed to be right or wrong in one's faith. No Christian relationship can work unless both partners have equal moral standards and beliefs. If one partner believes differently from what the other believes, the dating arrangement will not work or fit into the others' faith. It is advised that a Christian should not rush into a relationship with a non-believer because of this problem. A person can have problems keeping God as his main focus when there is another person in his life that he loves. We Christians consider pre-marital sex to be a sin. Furthermore, traditional Christian dating does not involve any sexual activity. Kissing and fondling are not acceptable forms of affection before marriage, but they should never be taken any further to remain in the path of God. An adult Christian dating struggles more with this than a younger person because sex is considered an adult activity. Sometimes a person will choose to remain single until they are older. Being single gives a Christian the chance to get acquainted and comfortable with their relationship with God before trying to date persons. This is necessary for a true believer to accomplish before getting involved in another relationship. Being involved with someone is always going to be complicated and tough situation. A Christian has to keep a strong relationship with God at the same time. You should always put God first in your relationship in order to remain a true Christian and remain in the faith.
I know you really like the guy or girl but aren't quite sure if you're ready to jump into the world of dating. Some Christians will tell you that Christian dating puts a lot of pressure on you since you should be living for God while following His laws. So the question is - How do you know if you're ready to start dating? My stance on this one is that you are ready to start dating when you have a solid relationship with Jesus Christ and have a strong grip on your beliefs and morals. That's a lot to digest so let me break it down for you, You need a solid relationship with Jesus Christ - Whether you're a guy or a girl, your first relationship in life needs to be with Jesus. The Bible talks about the importance of having a solid relationship with Him and therefore we should follow that advice! You should be praying constantly and seeking His guidance when dating someone. If you're stumped as to whether God is calling you to a relationship then pray about it and ask God for wisdom. The Bible makes many references of people being single (some people in the Bible were single including Paul, John the Baptist, Peter, Jesus and so many others). You need to seek God and then dive into a dating relationship - you'll be happy if you have Jesus in your relationship. You need a strong grip on your beliefs and morals - Do you have an opinion about some of the "hot topics" in Christianity such as speaking in tongues or when you should be baptized? If you are able to look into God's Word, you can take a decision on where you stand, you'll be able to talk about these theological issues with your future boyfriend and girlfriend. If you're are dating a Christian keep God at the center of your relationship, and also dating a Christian you get a better knowledge of the Christian faith. Sadly, not all Christians date other Christians and therefore they lose their faith. You know where you stand so you can talk about these issues. A Christian follower gave me this analogy- you are ready to start dating when you are running as fast as you can for Jesus and you find someone running next to you. What a great analogy! As Christians, we are ready to date someone when we have given all we have to Jesus and want to share that faith with someone else!