I am, of course, referring to the secret or decretive will of God, for what else would our inquirer have in mind?
our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut ).
This can create problems if a holy hunk or spiritual fox arrives on the scene” (p. But I do believe that the practice of casual dating is one of the causes of moral laxity in the American culture.There are two popular, misleading ways of relating the Bible to dating. In other words, the institution of dating does not receive its legitimacy from covenantal realities and does not “sanctify” as marriage does (1 Cor. Dating is merely the way our culture manages the transition from singleness to marriage without the ancient (secular) courtship structures. The first is to think that because the Bible does not speak about dating, we have liberty to dive headlong into romantic waters, guided only by desire to get married. This view allows us to imbibe secular dating-game platitudes like the currently popular sage wisdom called flirtexting. Compare how the Bible relates to dating with how it relates to national politics. The difference, however, is that marriage pictures for us the consummative union of Christ and his church on the last day (Eph. It is a this-world cultural mode of manifesting a legitimate transition that God endorses and delights in. My answer would be: how do you know it is God’s will for you to marry someone you have got to know very well by a long time of consistent dating?The point is, it is impossible for you to know if it is God’s will for you to marry someone until you are actually married to the person.