Dating in the 1960s
Modern dating tends to assume that you need to get to know a person more deeply than anyone else in the world to figure out whether you should be with him or her.
The biblical approach suggests that real commitment to the other person should precede such a high level of intimacy.
Almost all professing evangelical Christians are familiar with and vigorously defend the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture (which states that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, it's true, and it contains no falsity or error).
I certainly agree with the inerrancy of Scripture, but that's not what I'm talking about here.
Modern dating tends to assume that there will be a high level of emotional involvement in a dating relationship, and some level of physical involvement as well.
Biblical dating assumes NO physical intimacy, and more limited emotional intimacy outside of marriage.
Some things it talks about explicitly, like salvation, or sanctification, or marriage, or elders.
The Bible guides us in some areas by broader, more general principles and ideas we can build on as we strive to live the Christian life in practical ways.
In fact, it advocates "playing the field" in order to determine "what one wants" in a mate.
Biblical dating has as its goal to be emotionally and physically intimate with only one member of the opposite sex ... Modern dating tends to be egalitarian (no differences between men and women in spiritual or emotional "wiring" or God-given roles).
Biblical dating tends to be complimentarian (God has created men and women differently and has ordained each of these spiritual equals to play different and valuable roles in the church and in the family).
by Scott Croft If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be higher than for Americans as a whole.
You've done it, you're doing it, you'd like to do it, or you need to teach somebody else how to do it. It is considered the natural precursor to marriage, and is generally considered something to be desired, whatever form it might take. If you were to Google the word "matchmaker," you would receive something in the neighborhood of 12,100,000 responses — with a few of these outfits claiming to be Christian, but most making no such claim. As evangelical Christians, we're called to be distinct in the ways we think and act about all issues that confront us and those around us. Granted, not all of these people are evangelicals, but we're not doing so well either.