Physical intimacy in christian dating
However, the Bible does describe three kinds of relationships with the opposite sex and gives certain characteristics of each relationship (there are others such as parent/child and sibling, but they don't clarify the issues of dating).One kind of relationship the Bible describes is friendship.Song of Songs -11 says "How delightful is your love my sister, my bride!How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice." Only in marriage may a man and woman enjoy expressing their romantic and sexual desires toward each other.Also, in our culture, through "dating" people will often find a life partner and marry.How men and women view a "date" and "dating" can have a profound effect on their future.
We are commanded in the Scriptures to show love to all believers, but we are not commanded to make all believers our friends.
This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.
A second kind of relationship is “brother-sister in Christ.” If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have become children of God.
A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.
Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman that binds them together for life.