As the idea gained popularity, many began to mix their personal convictions with formal definitions.
If the Bible doesn’t talk about courtship or dating, how do we pursue romance and marriage? While Scripture does not tell us in so many words, I do believe it gives guidelines in that area. The Bible often speaks of betrothal (or espousal), but never tells us exactly what it was.
However, we can learn much from the Biblical examples of it.
The topic of dating and relationships came up and we started talking about my story. In my life it meant never having a crush on a guy, never allowing myself to “fall in love.” Basically, training myself to shut down a normal, healthy, functioning part of my human heart. I told her if she was to walk out of the room, leaving me and her husband in the same room, my first reaction would be one of panic.
Sometimes it’s actually comforting to me to be met with blank or incredulous stares from people I consider “normal,” good Christians. I’m 27 years old, and I’ve been married for almost 7 years. Shame because sometimes you can’t help but like one guy a little more than another. Pride because you are so much more spiritual than that poor girl over there who is crying because her boyfriend broke up with her. They made up laws that God never condoned, then patted themselves on the back for keeping them, while looking down on those who didn’t.
First off, let me just destroy the myth that dating is evil.
All of you, take a deep breath, and say this with me: Now this is exactly the opposite of what courtship says, and so allow me to justify myself. It’s supposed to be–it’s not an interview for your future spouse!
I define “emotional purity” in the same way that popular homeschool writers have: it is the idea of “guarding your heart.” This sounds all noble and righteous and everything but in this context is really just a facade for fear. It was Josh Harris in and the Ludy’s in several of their books that popularized the idea that everytime you fall in love or get “emotionally attached” to someone, you give away a piece of your heart. Pride because suddenly you are better than everyone else. I am still uncomfortable hugging one of my best friends who is a guy because we were taught never to hug or have physical contact, even innocent, with a guy. We were taught never ever ever to be alone with a guy because it could look bad.
The more pieces you give away, the less of your heart you have to give to your spouse someday. my best friend, my sisters, my husband, my parents, my kids.
Just what is the Biblical standard for relationships?