Biblical standards in a dating relationship
(NLT)1 Corinthians Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals." (ESV)2 Corinthians –15Don't team up with those who are unbelievers.
Dating with a trajectory towards marriage means dating with a purpose.
In fact, I have to chuckle to myself whenever someone asks me to give a “biblical” perspective on dating.
Not only is there nothing said about the topic, but the concept of dating didn’t even exist in biblical times.
Dating with a trajectory towards marriage doesn’t mean you only date one person ever. So, if you choose not to get coffee or watch a movie with the opposite sex, then whatever. The ultimate purpose of marriage is sanctification (becoming like God). If you have no idea what values are important to you in a future spouse, exit the road to marriage at the next off ramp.
That would be awesome, but it’s not always realistic. If you are a Christian, God isn’t a piece of your pie. Why date someone who doesn’t even have God as a piece of the pie? Pull over at the closest gas station and decide what you want in a future spouse. Your list is designed to give you a framework for dating, not be a checklist for it. Your heart and the holiness of marriage are too important to flippantly give away because you are frustrated, impatient, or settling.
The Bible tells us that, as Christians, we should not marry an unbeliever (2 Corinthians -15) because this would weaken our relationship with Christ and compromise our morals and standards.