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Internet Relationships OK

Are Internet relationships OK? I'm wondering how to build relationships over the Internet that will result in godly relationships.

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 ---kelli on 3/28/07
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Why would you want to provoke someone to anger, son or daughter or candidate for marriage? That's not biblical. Live by the sword of anger, die by the sword of anger.

The Bible says we shall know them by their fruits. You need to actually know someone in person to know their fruits. They can be hidden far too easily behind computer screens. All kinds of predators out there.
---lovable_linda on 12/21/07

Every internet relationships I've seen has been an absolute disaster and other pastors in my area have nothing good to say either.
Like others have said here, you can't really get to know anyone truthfully by writing. My dad said the best way to get to know someone is to get them really angry. That's when you find out what they are really like. I've found that to be very true.
---john on 12/17/07

CN ad, very fitting.

"A vehicle is a huge investment and one that should be protected. Most individuals spend ten to thirty percent of their monthly income on one vehicle... and it is extremely advisable to purchase insurance, as well as an extended car warranty insurance policy, to protect a vehicle. As a Christian, the individual should make wise decisions with the resources God has given. Purchasing an extended auto warranty insurance policy is making a wise choice."
---lovable_linda on 12/17/07


If you're using the "used car" analogy:

While it's true that you can't really know what you're getting by shopping online or over the phone or from a catalog, even if you go to a used car lot and shop first hand, you STILL don't REALLY know what you're getting until you've taken it home and owned it for a few years. So you have to be careful and use discernment in all cases.
---StrongAxe on 12/17/07

Some think that taking the vehicle out for a test drive will reveal any real problems.
Not so.
There are many tricks that can be used to temporarily make a motor sound alright and run smoothly. At some point, that vehicle is going to fall apart, piece by piece.

New vehicles are expensive but are the best way to go, low mileage and without excessive repairs.

To find those, you have to go right to the Maker.
---lovable_linda on 12/13/07

You can take a test drive on the net.
It's similar to doing your Christmas shopping at the convenience store.
It's one stop shopping with the option of gassing up.
---lovable_linda on 12/13/07

Have you ever purchased a used vehicle over the net?
You're never really sure of the mileage and you don't know if the vehicle has been wrecked. You buy the extended warranty but there's no guarantee that the car's motor has not been replaced or that the vehicle has been high centered up on boulders or curbs.
There's no guarantee that you're buying the original vehicle or that the gaskets won't blow as soon as you drive it off the lot.
---lovable_linda on 12/13/07

Like any other way, it sometimes works well, and sometimes doesn't. I personally know some people who have developed wonderful relationships over the internet, and others that have been disastrous.

The same arguments apply to relationships over the phone, or through the mail. What matters most is the character (and patience) of the people involved. It IS a lot harder when the other person is far away (the same dynamic applies to couples where one has to travel a lot).
---StrongAxe on 12/13/07

I think it is dangerous. Because you never know who you are talking to. The person you speak to may seem harmless, but within a few times talking or chatting to one another, this person can alot of information with just simple questions.
---Rebecca_D on 12/13/07

in some cases....internet relationships dont work , but in my case i met my wonderful husband in a there are some success stories out there. i know many couples who have met on the internet and got married
---tracey on 4/16/07

I have met a few women from different christian sites and many can say what they want on here,but it is in person where you really get to know a person,as for me i prefer to meet a women at a church service first,and then go from there.
---josep6379 on 4/11/07

As a start to a relationship,the Internet is OK. To try and build a lasting relationship on the Internet is NOT OK. For one thing, you don't know if you are writing to a real person or someone who is pretending to be somenone, he/she is not. There are a lot of dishonest persons on the Internet. A face-to-face meeting is necessary for a lasting relationship.
---wivv on 4/9/07

In itself, the internet is not an "evil" device. Unfortunately, some of the people using the internet are often deceitful and dangerous, purposely seeking to do inappropriate things. The key is to be extremely cautious and never let your guard down. I've known people who have made some lasting relationships through the internet, so obviously not every internet user is a "bad" person. Just allow the Lord, and NOT your heart, to guide you.
---helen7449 on 4/7/07

I believe Internet relationships are ok.God works in mysterious ways. The Bible says "The steps of the Righteous are ordered by the Lord" We have to pray and ask God to direct our steps aright and to reveal any deciet in a relationship even in a regular relationship.
---Linda on 4/5/07

i see nothing wrong getting to know people over the interent, i think you can tell by the way a person acts over the internet how they responds to certain articles... use your own judgement on a lot of things the interent is a wonderful place to meet diffenet people if you dont abuse the system.
---irene7395 on 4/4/07

I have come to realize there are many lonely people in the world. The internet is just another way to deal with loneliness by meeting people. Just as when you meet people face to face, you have to use wisdom and discernment. If you feel a nudge from the holy spirit that something is wrong, then do not pursue the relationship. The internet does not have to be an evil device. It depends on how it is used by a person. We have to be open to all aspects of how God can bring people into our lives. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 3/30/07

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I see nothing wrong in meeting people online. However, if you expect to have a relationship with anyone, it must be in person. There are so many flakes and scary people online that you just can't be sure who you are actually talking with. If I were single and trying to meet men online, I would ask for a reference from their pastor.
---Susie on 3/29/07

My cousin met a man on the site with the TV commercials. He told her he was a preacher, but ended up being a perv who wanted a meeting at a motel room.
He was also married, but "God" was giving him permission to meet my cousin.
Take care out there on the super highway. Meeting face to face in the church, grocery store, community events - (meetings, concerts, benefits) would be preferable for me. Have you tried reaching out to others in your community? It's a good way to meet people.
---Laura on 3/29/07

You live a Godly life according to the renewing of your minds to God. So I find nothing is wrong in an internet relationship because communications stands a major role in ones relationship which God Himself will bless that.

God said: Be ye not equally yoked together with there is nothing wrong talking to someone whom you do not see but lives according to God's will . edna8476
---Edna on 3/28/07

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