Dating Rules for Christians

Christian singles can struggle with different issues while dating.Christian singles can struggle with different issues while dating.

Christian singles struggle with different issues when it comes to dating because of their religious guidelines. However, Christians can successfully date---and possibly find love---while upholding their faith. Christian singles can build relationships grounded in trust, honesty and love by making smart choices early in a relationship.

Meet in Promising Places

One of the biggest challenges that Christian singles face is finding safe places to meet potential dates. While many people hit the local nightlife scene, Christian singles might not be comfortable with this. However, there are other ways to find a partner who shares your interests. Get involved with your church, whether you volunteer on the weekends for a charitable cause or attend singles' night festivities. If you're interested in online dating, sign up for a Christian online dating service. Here, you're more likely to find a partner who shares your beliefs.

Be Honest

Honesty is a core component of the Christian faith, making it important in dating as well. Be upfront with your partners about your beliefs. Even though your first date should simply be a casual, "getting-to-know-you" date, you want to share about your faith because it is an integral part of who you are. It lets your date know that your beliefs are grounded in your faith, which, to many partners, will be an admirable and attractive quality.

Show Restraint

As your relationship grows, you might be tempted to get intimate with your partner. However, the Christian faith calls for adults to remain chaste until marriage. Overcome your temptations and focus on getting to know your partner on a mental and spiritual level before a physical one. Showing this restraint is important in the Christian life, so it is important that you wait until marriage.

Make a Connection

As a Christian, you wait to make a physical connection with your partner until your wedding night, but you can still build your relationship during your dating relationship. If you are dating a Christian, you can attend church and pray together to strengthen your relationship. Discover shared interests, and experience them together. If you both love the outdoors, go on a hike or a bike ride. Volunteer together---doing good can be a satisfying feeling, and doing it together can build your relationship.

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About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.

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