Teen christian dating and kissing
It might have been last night or last week or last year or back in high school or college.Would you describe whatever you did as “holy and honorable,” or was it done to satisfy the “passionate lust” of you or your partner or both (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5)?I am obviously not saying that hugs and kisses of affection or greeting to relatives and the like are out of bounds. In some cultures, kisses of greeting — between members of the same sex or of the opposite sex — as well as hand-holding and other forms of physical expression during normal, non-romantic social intercourse, are more common. You might even be able to talk me into the notion that , “non-leaning-in” hugs of greeting, sympathy, etc.between men and women who are not romantically involved are OK.With respect to pre-marital, romantically oriented kissing, we’re clearly talking about an area about which reasonable believers can (and do) disagree.
We need to address the whole spectrum (“just kissing” included). First, the fact that “romantically oriented” is in italics above is important.PART 4: Navigating the Early Stages of a Relationship » Quite a few Boundless readers asked questions or made comments about my statement in “Biblical Dating: How It’s Different From Modern Dating” that “biblical dating assumes outside of marriage that Scripture explicitly prohibits?How can you say definitively that other things are wrong? Shouldn’t our physical relationship “progress” as other aspects of our relationship deepen? I understand most physical stuff is wrong, but what about All good questions.We all know what we’re talking about here, and these are not the things I mean to address in this column.
The game changes when two people are romantically involved or “semi-involved” (a fascinating phrase I recently heard). Before you start throwing things at your computer, let’s go to Scripture.Do you believe that you and your partner “honor[ed] God with your bodies” in doing what you did (1 Corinthians )?