Teenage dating from a biblical standpoint
Theologian John Piper says it's probably unwise, as most teenagers should wait to date until they're spiritually mature and ready to move toward marriage.
The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating.Many students ask the question, “How far should I go on a date?” Here are some principles that will help you decide what is appropriate behavior on a date. , All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page that grants Christian Answers.Summer break is almost here; you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.No school, the ability to see your friends, and a less hectic schedule are within your grasp. For some of you, this break will bring many long boring days when you can’t see your friends and you scroll through social media for hours on end.The Bible is clear that sexual relations are reserved for marriage, he added, referencing the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 7:2, which read: "Because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband." That view will, Piper said, "set a Christian young person wonderfully and wildly apart from the view that is pervasive in culture and in media - namely, that it is perfectly acceptable to have sex outside marriage with one provision: that it be consensual." "That's not what the Bible teaches, and it's not what God's design for man and woman is," he said.
"It will bear tragic fruit in your life." Because sexual desire is "one of the most powerful forces in human life," Piper said he's watched "otherwise strong, wise, and seemingly mature Christian young people completely lose their moral bearings when they find out that they are liked - that they are attractive to an unbeliever." "It's as if every switch on the mainframe of their moral life gets turned off while one massive desire button is alive and well," he said.
"There was a time when the cultural expectations and the cultural supports were in place, partly to prepare young people to marry that early and partly to provide the structures and help after they got married.
That's not as true today in America as it once was," Piper said.
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Is it wise for Christian teenagers to date in high school?
We should date for fun, friendship, personality development and selection of a mate, not to be popular or for security.