" Whenever I get a question like that I'm not quite sure how I should respond.

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However, I think the questioner has something else in mind.

We might state the question this way: "What does the Bible say about dating?

You are on the date, I presume, to meet your desire for companionship and perhaps in hopes of marriage.

You have anxieties, hopes, fears, likes and dislikes.

In this sense, the answer to the question, "What does the Bible say about dating? " Everything from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation is relevant to the Christian wishing to date.

Let me pick just one passage of the Bible to start working from.

Generally speaking, we would expect a man to provide spiritual leadership in dating, that is of the self-sacrificing kind modeled by our Lord.

Therefore, a man who just wants to have a good time and never wants to talk about the relationship is not likely to make a godly husband, and should be shunned.

Let's start with the second of those commandments, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Already we have entered into distinctly Christian territory.

A principal motive when you are on a date, whether you are a man or a woman, is to be concerned for the other person's well-being.

I often tell men anticipating a first date to assume that either this is the beginning of their marriage relationship or else they are out with a woman who will be someone else's wife.