I suspect that this would be an inferential conclusion, and thus would have to be considered a matter of personal conviction, rather than as a clear biblical prohibition.
One could certainly ask, “If a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever, why would they ever date one? I think one can have a friendship relationship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, without entering into a dating relationship.
If you are supposed to guard your heart in dating, how do you do it?
There is only one other verse in the Bible that uses the phrase “guard your heart.” That verse gives us the answer to the question of how to guard your heart in life and, particularly, in dating.
It begins with prayer to God (as Paul lays out in Philippians 4:6-7) and overflows into communication with the other person.
In other words, the key to guarding your heart is to talk to God about the relationship before you talk to the other person about the relationship. First, hearts become unguarded when you move too fast in the relationship–becoming too vulnerable too quickly.
From that initial heartache that seems as though it will never end to constantly thinking about your ex, a tough breakup can take over your life.
It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.
I think it is true that our young people date too young, and that many dating situations are unwise in that they create unnecessary temptations and, even if nothing wrong takes place, a couple’s actions may give the appearance of evil.
Many of the dating and personal relationship safeguards of years gone by seem to have been cast aside.
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