"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage.Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter.Now, I get emails from singles across the country looking for guidance on who and how to date.The topics he's going to be dealing with are ones in which equally committed Christians have found different biblical interpretations.Not all will agree with Scott's approach, and we invite feedback from anyone who believes there are better interpretations for the biblical passages Scott draws from.Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.
Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.
Within that struggle, inevitably the question comes up: Can a Christian date a non-Christian?
The Bible addresses the hardships that come with marrying a nonbeliever, so that's rather clear.
While many start off with intentions of finding a godly partner, with each passing year the waiting feels longer and the hoping gets harder.
Slowly, we can find ourselves starting to second-guess our original standards, wondering if we've been too extreme or unrealistic.