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Download for eReader. Send via. Product info. BTP :. Second Edition, Enlarged, Booklet. View Store Info. Romance, Courtship and Dating. First Things First. What Do They Mean? A Note of Caution. Unequal Yokes.
A Loving Warning. The Wonderful World of Courtship. Day 1 - the Beginning. A Proper Balance.
Stable, Anxiety-Free Courtship. Confusion, Mistakes and Sin. Light and Hope. You Can Start Over. Light for a New Beginning.
There Is No "Half-Light". Just What Is the Firmament? Day 3 - Building on a Foundation of Faith. Super Market Dating. What Is Dry Ground? Don't Make a Muddy Mess? Courtship Needs Grass. Who Plants the Grass First? Don't Burn the Grass. Providing Grass for the Young Woman. Who Comes First? Who's Responsible? Lust and Nature. Real Beauty and Real Vanity. Sending als. Eyes for Him. Satisfied With Yourself. You're Better Than Hollywood. Hehip for Sisters? Don't Trample the Grass. Food for Satisfaction. Is It Tasty for Both?
Variety Is Healthy. Trees for Strength. Day Four - Lights for the Pathway.
A Maturing Romance. Don't "Break Up" - Take a Break. The Need of Light During Rest. Being a Star. Day Five - the Appearance of Life. Courtship Isn't Pain Free. Living Hopes and Dreams. Day 6 - Courtship Completed. Romance Needs Animals. What Are "Cattle"? Over-Valued Cattle. Who Provides the Cattle? The Price of Cattle. Important Little Things. Important Big Things. Dominion Over Circumstances. Questions About Courtship. One of the most confusing issues that face Christian young people today is understanding what the Bible teaches about romance. While we know that the precious Word of God is unchanging, the world in which we live is so morally dark—changing and lowering its moral standards so often—that the whole area of God honoring standards of conduct when two Christians fall in love can be quite difficult to discern.
Of course the world has no lack of its own standards—the most of which are thoroughly godless and often patterned after the decadent life-styles of popular entertainers, professional athletes or those prominent in other areas of society. Morality, or rather the complete lack of it, in the world in which we live provides no standards at all. Man's morals are built on the shifting sands of public opinion rather than the unchanging rock of the Bible. Because of this, the sphere of human love and romance has become one of the most stark examples of the sorrow and corruption resulting from a spirit similar to that found in the book of Judges: "but every man did that which was right in his own eyes" Judg.
Today romantic love at least what the world considers love has become the motivator and justifier for the allowance of every kind of corrupt and abominable conduct and unrestrained lust.
Because this is so, without the wonderful light—Divine and unchanging—of the precious Word of God, the outlook for a Christian couple seeking to fully enjoy the excitement and wonder of romance in a way that not only gives deep pleasure, but glorifies God, would be bleak indeed.
But it is God who created the human heart and affections, who said "It is not good that the man should be alone", who provided in Eve a meet companion to fill and satisfy Adam's heart. Thus we may be sure that while our loving God and His standards have never changed nor will they ever changewe may confidently open His Word assured that it contains all the divine guidance and instruction needed for every aspect and detail of the wonderful and exciting world of romance, courtship and dating.
Before we begin, its very important to understand what we mean by the terms "romance", "courtship", and "dating". In North American culture these words are often used interchangeably. But this can cause confusion for they have quite different meanings depending on the person or society who uses them. The questions Christians need to determine are if and how God uses them in His Word. First of all we will notice that none of these three words is found in the King James Bible or in Mr.
Darby's New Translation of the Bible. But this is not necessarily ificant. For example, we have often heard that the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, though what it refers to is a fundamental and essential Christian doctrine found throughout New Testament Scriptures.
So while we may not find these three words in the Bible, what they refer to is also found throughout its divinely inspired s. Romance is simply the wonderful relationship that takes place between a man and a woman whose hearts have been attracted to each other. Perhaps the book in the Word of God which best describes a godly romantic relationship is The Song of Solomon. Remember too that romance should never end after marriage begins!
The romantic love that blossomed before marriage ought to develop and grow all during that union. Courtship is a formal term used in English speaking lands which describes the actions that take place in a romantic relationship.
A striking example of courtship is seen in Gen. Jacob loved romance Rachel and agreed to serve her father Laban for seven years courtship to have her as his wife. We don't think of courting in our Western society as work—but that was what it meant in the culture in which Jacob and Rachel lived! Dating is really just another, more commonly used word for courtship. We might also say that going on a date is one of the activities of a courtship.
Too, we often say that when a man and woman are attracted to each other and begin to "court", they are "dating" or "going steady". Though all three terms are used in this booklet here's a word of caution about dating. If you think of dating only as a casual, recreational activity that normal young people "just do" to have fun-doing so with several or many different partners before getting serious-you are doing something that has no Scriptural sanction.
I do not feel that there are principles in the Word of God that encourage or give guidance for this kind of "recreational" or "casual" dating. Dating properly comes after there has been prayer seeking the Lord's guidance for a life's companion, and receiving an answer to your prayers in finding your heart attracted to another.
It is a joyous and serious thing to do.Love courtship and dating
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How is courtship different than dating?