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Is there a right and wrong way to date?

Deut. 7:3-4 Do not intermarry with them, and don't let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters. They will lead your young people away from me to worship other gods.

2 Cor. 6:14 Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with dark?

God repeatedly warns against someone who is not a Christian. The Bible says that by doing so you set yourself up for being drawn away from God. Dating an unbeliever can lead to the kind of marriage God warns against.

1 Thes. 4:3-5 God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor--not in lustful passion.

You should guard yourself from physical intimacy in a dating relationship. Such intimacy is reserved only for marriage because it is a picture of the purity and devotion we should reserve for God in our worship.

What does God say my boundaries should be in my dating relationship?

Hebrews 13:16 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.

We are called to live a pure and honorable life and to maintain a clear conscience. The best way to maintain purity, honor, and a clear conscience is to save physical intimacy and words of love until a committed lifelong relationship is established.

How can I handle someone who is pushing me toward a physical relationship?

1 Timothy 4:12 Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

It is better to stay pure than to give in to pressure. If the one you are dating is really a friend who is caring and concerned for what honor and respect your desire for purity before marriage.