Is dating a sin in christianity

And we kiss our family members as a normal expression of affection.

In many cultures and countries, kissing is a common form of greeting among friends. Of course, as everyone understands, these forms of kissing are a different matter than romantic kissing.

We all know what we're talking about here, and these are not the things I mean to address in this column.

The game changes when two people are romantically involved or "semi-involved" (a fascinating phrase I recently heard). Before you start throwing things at your computer, let's go to Scripture.

I can’t put words into Willie Franklin’s mouth and he is going to be here for our youth rally in August, so I will let him explain his own self in this regard.

However, I would like to take the opportunity to share some information from God’s word that certainly would apply to dating. Dating as we know it today is a relatively new concept in the history of the world.

We need to address the whole spectrum ("just kissing" included). First, the fact that "romantically oriented" is in italics above is important.But when he asked to kiss her, his dedication to God was questioned and the young woman made him feel like slime. Christians can’t seem to agree on doctrine let alone personal conduct in a relationship.Particularly when it comes to kissing, we will never have a clear cut consensus among believers as to the appropriateness of how far one should (or can) go when dating.I don’t see this woman’s reaction as a "generational thing." In fact, it almost seems contrary to what society is touting for relationships.With our grade schools handing out condoms to alleviate the problem of teen pregnancy, the “appropriateness of kissing” conversation doesn’t even show up on the relational conduct radar of young people these days.

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