So I thought it might be helpful to mark the (nearly) 10-year anniversary of the Biblical Dating series by asking again, The answer in a literal sense, of course, is "nothing." Not only do the words "dating" and "courtship" fail to appear in Scripture, but the Bible never depicts the sociological phenomenon of an unmarried man and woman meeting, deciding on their own to become romantically involved, and pursuing a relationship from the stages of acquaintance through marriage.(Song of Songs gets the closest, but it's more of a love poem that teaches the expression of love and sexual desire in the context of marriage.) It's also important, as I've stressed in other columns, not to inject into Scripture implications for dating than are called for — especially in the wrong genres and contexts of the Bible.
Does the fact that the Bible has nothing explicit to say about dating mean that it has nothing practical or authoritative to us about how to conduct a dating relationship?
To borrow a favorite phrase of the apostle Paul, by no means!
The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture holds that the Bible guides and instructs us authoritatively in all areas of our faith and life, and that there is no area of life about which the Bible has no guidance for us.
7 Days Getting caught up in a new relationship can be a truly exhilarating experience.
As you grow closer together, remember to draw even closer to God.
We would like to thank American Bible Society for their generosity in providing this Uncover the Word reading plan.To learn more about Uncover the Word, please visit: 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.So if you are a regular and thorough Boundless reader, you've had a lot to think about!Recent months and years have also seen a more robust discussion about whether the Bible really has anything practical or specific to teach us about dating.