Ruth and boaz dating
The idea that some levels of relationship are unique to marriage should get our attention as we engage in relationships that present a constant temptation to tread into "marriage" areas regarding emotional and physical intimacy, companionship, and the special status that dating partners tend to occupy in our lives.
Once we acknowledge that dating is not an "anything goes" enterprise with regard to intimacy, we're in a better position to think through what a godly, responsible level of intimacy is.
Several passages tell us that the (unrepentant) sexually immoral will not enter the kingdom of heaven (see Galatians 5), and Proverbs presents numerous warnings against such sin (for example, Proverbs -).
First Corinthians directs us to " [that is, turn and run] from sexual immorality," and Ephesians 5:3 (in the NIV) warns that there must be "not even a hint" of such immorality among believers.
Numerous scholars have suggested that beyond the clear sexual implications of this passage, there is a broader relational application that we are not to "defraud" one another in areas of sexuality and relationships by implying a marital level of commitment by our words and actions that does not exist.
In other words, we should not "act" married in our emotional and physical intimacy until we have undertaken that level of commitment.
So to take one of my examples above, the story of Jacob and Rachel is found in Genesis, a historical narrative.
Again, Romans 13 talks about doing no wrong to our neighbors and then names sexual sin as just such a wrong.Even the smallest change in p H can have a profound and often damaging effect on the body and its functions.Many of the enzymes and chemical reactions that take place inside us work best when the body is at a particular p H level, and research proves that when a person is more acidic than alkaline they will often have a lack of energy and a higher occurrence of infection.In the nearly 10 years since I first wrote the Biblical Dating series on Boundless, I and other Boundless authors have addressed some pretty nuanced and specific questions about dating relationships.One of the great things about Boundless is that the community here is, within the confines of a clear and evangelical understanding of the Gospel, often pretty diverse in terms of the specific recommendations and approaches to dating represented by various authors.