How far is too far physical boundaries in dating

Now that I am a little bit older and have children who are marching toward the age where they will begin to form relationships, I am very eager to adopt a position like this one (and, more urgently, to have my children adopt it! I continue to ponder it, but have initially found it consistent with biblical principles and appreciate that it brings objective biblical truth to bear instead of relying on cultural norms or personal preferences.What do you think of the authors’ take on the question?And the reason we do so is precisely that those forms of kissing are sexual.” Considering an activity against the backdrop of the family relationship is immeasurably helpful in clearing up nearly all of the confusion surrounding the question, “How far is too far?” If a man would not feel comfortable engaging in a particular action with his sister because doing so would be sexually inappropriate, then that action is of a sexual nature and is to be reserved for the marriage relationship.(Click here to read about the gospel and marriage.) In that way they begin not with law but with gospel.The authors say there are three God-ordained categories of male-female relationships and believe “understanding these distinct categories is the key to overcoming much of the subjectivity surrounding sexual propriety, helping us to build proper boundaries of sexual expression.” .

They are convinced that the Bible offers us exactly the answer we are looking for. “Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible does speak with clarity—objective clarity—about what is physically appropriate between an unmarried man and woman in a pre-marriage relationship.” They premise their answer on the fact that the marriage relationship, and hence the sexual relationship, is meant to be a portrait of the relationship of Christ and his church.God’s guidelines for sexual expression between blood relatives evolved over time.Adam’s children had no choice but to have a sexual relationship with a sibling, but when God gave the Old Testament law he forbade any kind of incestuous relationship.Everyone has had to ask or answer the question at one time or another: When it comes to the physical component of a dating relationship, how far is too far? In their book Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach, Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas offer an answer. I am accustomed to giving the easy answer: “It’s not about how far can we go, but how holy we can be. ” That may make me feel smart and a little bit godly, but it’s not exactly a satisfying or helpful answer.

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