The modern-day concept of “dating” looked far different 2,000 years ago.
The process of meeting a spouse had very little to do with compatibility and personality traits, and everything to do with family lineage and economic status.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? -46) “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John ) “Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Rom.
To take some variation of the practices above and arbitrarily slap them onto a relationship can actually end up harming the relationship.
And here’s the kicker: believe it or not, the Bible doesn’t actually say a whole lot about dating/courting relationships.
A story is told of a woman approaching 35 without a husband.
12:9) “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. 5: 28) “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (1Cor.
13: 4-7) Adultery“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exod.
An owl in a nearby tree awoke and in a low voice said, “Who-oo!
” Startled by the sound, the woman looked up and said, “Just anybody, Lord! But, if God wants you to be married, He doesn’t want you married to just anybody.