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Do Real Christians Date

In real Christianity is dating allowed?

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 ---Wisper on 10/19/06
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I was just commenting on your suggestion that Biblical betrothal lasted only a year.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/26/11

GOT IT! Still Jacob was a creep. But then again G-d did choose him.

So who am I to judge someone G-d has approved.

Oh well! :)
---John on 1/26/11

I am a widow and if I wanted to date I wouldn't ask anyone. I am mature enough to know what is right and wrong.
---shira3877 on 1/26/11

So what? Nothing, really. I was just commenting on your suggestion that Biblical betrothal lasted only a year.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/26/11

Alan, What's your point?
So what if Jacob took 7 years.

I'm not sure what your point is.
---John on 1/25/11

John ... It was not Jacob's idea to wait seven years! Don't put the blame on him!
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/25/11

Yes, its it is 1 year. It is a legal contract as well.

Looks like Jacob could add another one to his list of
scams and wrong doings.
---John on 1/25/11

John ... The waitng lasted 7 years. You said betrothal was for 1 year.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/25/11

The Betrothel is the waiting. No sure what you mean in your post.
---John on 1/24/11

There was no dating or any courtship or engagement in Biblical times.

What about Jacob ... He certainly got to know Rachel .... so there was maybe no dating but there was certainly waiting.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/24/11

In real Christianity is dating allowed?

NO! Just club over head, take back to cave, hide shoes and get pregnant.
---francis on 1/24/11

There was no dating or any courtship or engagement in Biblical times.

They would betroth. Which is the 1st stage of marriage which lasted 1 year. Then they would have the wedding.

Betrothal was NOT the same as modern day engagement as it required a Divorce to be severed.
---John on 1/24/11

Dating, sex, courting, marriage are all different things.Dating is allowed in Christianity.Everything we as christians do, should be done decently and in order. Always.
---Robyn on 1/23/11

I live in New Hampshire a few miles from Canterbury, NH and Shaker Village. The Shakers were a group that did not practice dating or marriage. The movement is dead now, as well as, all of the members.

Yes, dating is most definately allowed in Christianitity
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/27/07

Of course it is, you just have to pick and choose the right person. If dating a non-Christian you open yourself to trouble. You would be tempted to follow their ways and not Gods. You can't date them and try to change them, it doesn't always work that way.
---Norma7374 on 10/22/06

my question is, if its not allowed, how would one know if the other is suited? u may well be marrying a murderer, molesterer etc and that would not be right would it?I demanded to date first and I got the right guy and been married 36 years now and very happy.
---jana on 10/22/06

Will you feel the same way when you join the mormon church, MM?
---R.A. on 10/20/06

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My Father taught me that a good woman is worth more than gold, and that to treat her lass than gold made you less than a man. The Bible gives High praise to a Godly woman. The physical must come after marrage, her other womenly/Godly attributes you learn before, and show deference to.
---MikeM on 10/20/06

I read the book "I kissed dating goodbye" by Joshua Harris. I found that it gave a very good description of a relationship that was not dating, but as he termed it, courting. Characterised by getting to know your prospective partner's peers and authoratative figures - and allowing them to get to know you too.
---laure5759 on 10/20/06

I don't really know what the difference between courting and dating is. They've impressed me as two names for the same thing.

However, remember that in Biblical times, marriages were arranged by the families involved. Even Jesus referred to it in one of His parables.

How many modern American Christians would submit to this Biblical practice?
---Jack on 10/19/06

My Mother told me not to focus on getting married, but rather to focus on learning how to run a house. I did this, and am now happily married - having NOT done the dating thing. Perhaps there is some truth in this?
---laure5759 on 10/19/06

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It's allowed, but is it God's will for you to date? Many Christian women I know are out there trying to find a husband, dating any and every guy they find, then they end up with their heart broken and that's when they call me. You would think that maybe these women would ask God, "is it your will that I date right now?" The reql question should be, "Is it God's will for us to date this one or that one."
---Donna9759 on 10/19/06

If by dating is meant going out and spending time with a particular friend of the opposite sex, then yes. However, if it means getting emotionally attached, and then later breaking up, I say no, as I've seen too many friends badly hurt in the process. Perhaps old-fashioned courting should be reinstated.
---laurel on 10/19/06

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