Cultural norms have changed dramatically in recent years.In many circles dating has come to mean that a couple is involved in an exclusive romantic relationship with the understanding that they are committed to one another.Young & Free represents the youth ministry of Australia's Hillsong Church, bringing the heart of their global movement to the next generation of Christians.The multi-talented team of singers and songwriters infuses vibrant energy into classic praise themes, crafting cutting edge worship music for believers world-wide.And how should he or she manage that relationship according to the divinely inspired instructions from God?Cultural norms of the past or present aren’t enough—we need to examine what the Bible says.Sadly, in Western cultures today, sexual activity is not only seen as a normal part of dating, it is often expected to be a part of the relationship.Unfortunately, dating is often not seen as a step leading to marriage.
(Proverbs ) If your boyfriend can sexually “have his cake and eat it too,” where is his motivation for marriage?Parents and grandparents may have one perspective, while younger people may have a very different view. There was a time when dating might have been seen as a purely social gathering that could even include multiple people—sometimes called a group date.Whether in a group or just a couple, dates were generally seen as a casual time spent getting to know one another and enjoying the time together.A date did not necessarily indicate any kind of commitment or exclusiveness and did not sanction sexual involvement.The hope was that dating would eventually lead to a closer, loving relationship of mutual respect that would, in time, bring a couple to the point of marriage.Today this journey generally involves a process called dating.The term however, means different things to different people, particularly across generational lines.How can you negotiate the seemingly uncharted waters of dating in a Christian manner?If you are asking those questions, then look below and begin reading our biblically based articles that will give you sound guidance! If you’ve made it this far, standing on the edge of graduation, about to take that big leap into the realm of adulthood (salary, car payment, rent/mortgage), then you look at my life and maybe dread becoming me: 31 and single.I was doing a radio show one day when a young woman called in and said she didn’t know what to do with her boyfriend. But that didn’t stop me from seeking affirmation and significance from guys.