It was a cool winter morning as I made my way through the door of my favorite getaway. I was the first person to enter, carrying my computer bag packed full of books. The chill in my bones began to melt when I caught the scent of scones, bagels, and fresh-brewed coffee. In only a few seconds, I felt right at home, greeting my friend behind the counter and mentally preparing for another morning of serious writing at my favorite place. He and I enjoyed diving into intellectual topics ranging from business to God.
What Does the Bible Have to Say about Dating?
Guidelines for Sexual Purity - Resources - Eternal Perspective Ministries
Top definition. Dating someone with the express purpose of converting the other person to a given religion usually Christian rather than building a sincere relationship with them. Very often, the "missionary" will dump the person they are dating once they believe that person has been "saved". This is a very bad idea because it insults the potential convert and the faith of the person attempting the conversion. Not only that, it can damage any future relationships for one or both.
The big question, of course, is whether missionary dating actually works. And for those who are already married, you can read articles in the Spiritual Matters topic, which addresses being unequally yoked in marriage. We encourage you to read all of them, because they each make different points that are important for you to consider. This first link contains several different articles within it that are posted on the Hoe Koon Siong web site.
When my now married daughters were teenagers, I honed it further for sharing and discussion with them and the young men who asked to date them. We found that this was a great help not only to our daughters but also to the young men who wanted to date them. This deepened our relationship, opened communication and created healthy accountability. Though there were sometimes nervous jitters as family members and especially the young men anticipated these sessions, in each case the time together was strategic, encouraging and rewarding. Having consistently practiced this when they were dating, it was impossible for us and for our daughters to imagine them dating a young man without first openly addressing with him all the principles that follow.