Biblical scriptures on dating
Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.There were problems with immorality even among the members of the Corinthian church.
When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.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.So Paul addresses these and some other problems in this chapter. But, his word to singles is: Singles should pursue a course that leads to the greatest devotion to Christ and His cause.This advice applies to every Christian, single or married, of course. Since the singles among us have had to listen to me talk about the family for the past couple of months, I thought we owed them a message that addresses many of their more direct concerns.Thus, he means, “It is good to remain single.” He restates the same idea in 7:7-9, and discusses it at length in -40.
He is not commanding being single, since he recognizes the single state as a gift which God only gives to some (7:7-9); but he is strongly commending it, since it was a gift he himself had, and since it provides a number of advantages for serving the Lord that being married precludes.
This is perhaps a word that needs to be spoken more often in our day.
Many Christians put pressure on singles, especially those getting along in years, to get married.
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A story is told of a woman approaching 35 without a husband.
To say this is not to deprecate marriage, which both Paul and other biblical writers esteem as God’s good gift (1 Tim. Paul is quick to add that a person who marries at such a time has not sinned ().