Dating in the church

10-Feb-2020 08:12

Marriage is a lifelong commitment until death, and a key element of mature understanding is to realize the importance of compatibility in many areas of life.There are already tangible challenges in any relationship that are already in play from the outset—two unique individuals, two unique genders, two unique personality types, and two unique sets of family ways—all of which will take the course of a lifetime to meld into a bonded marital unit.Plus the reality of life is that opposites often attract under that veneer of what your eye is drawn to.We should ask God to direct us to a mate who will fill us out and make us complete as a person as we grow in love and understanding.Marriage was designed to help us grow up and give ourselves to another human being whom we love so much, but is also so very different.Does God have anything to say in His Word about this question of “dating outside the faith”?

There is no guarantee if that person will ever become a member of the Church. The following are excerpts from the United Church of God’s administrative policy statement “Marrying Outside the Faith.” The full statement can be found at org/members/study-papers .

Ancient Israel was warned not to intermarry with the nations around them lest their heart be turned from Him in Deuteronomy : “Nor shall you make marriages with them.

You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.

Dating is not only designed to ultimately “find someone” to marry, but to develop our social and interpersonal skills in relating with others.

Let’s first come to understand that marriage is more than simply girl meeting boy and boy meeting girl and how they “feel” about one another.

There is no guarantee if that person will ever become a member of the Church. The following are excerpts from the United Church of God’s administrative policy statement “Marrying Outside the Faith.” The full statement can be found at org/members/study-papers .Ancient Israel was warned not to intermarry with the nations around them lest their heart be turned from Him in Deuteronomy : “Nor shall you make marriages with them.You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.Dating is not only designed to ultimately “find someone” to marry, but to develop our social and interpersonal skills in relating with others.Let’s first come to understand that marriage is more than simply girl meeting boy and boy meeting girl and how they “feel” about one another.Parents and teens, there’s a question that arises, usually at the early teen stage that we sometimes dread: “Dad, or Mom, is it okay to develop a steady relationship with or date someone who is not in agreement with our core set of values or beliefs?