What the bible says about dating and relationships
So I thought it might be helpful to mark the (nearly) 10-year anniversary of the Biblical Dating series by asking again, The answer in a literal sense, of course, is “nothing.” Not only do the words “dating” and “courtship” fail to appear in Scripture, but the Bible never depicts the sociological phenomenon of an unmarried man and woman meeting, deciding on their own to become romantically involved, and pursuing a relationship from the stages of acquaintance through marriage.(Song of Songs gets the closest, but it’s more of a love poem that teaches the expression of love and sexual desire in the context of marriage.) It’s also important, as I’ve stressed in other columns, not to inject into Scripture implications for dating than are called for — especially in the wrong genres and contexts of the Bible.
Scripture treats marriage as a unique and exclusive relationship, not just in its status, but in the means of relating within that status.So if you are a regular and thorough Boundless reader, you’ve had a lot to think about!Recent months and years have also seen a more robust discussion about whether the Bible really has anything practical or specific to teach us about dating.Does the fact that the Bible has nothing explicit to say about dating mean that it has nothing practical or authoritative to us about how to conduct a dating relationship?To borrow a favorite phrase of the apostle Paul, by no means!
The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture holds that the Bible guides and instructs us authoritatively in all areas of our faith and life, and that there is no area of life about which the Bible has no guidance for us.