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Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.I’d given my heart and body away more than once and each of those interactions adversely affect my marriage — in ways I’m aware of and in ways I’m not! Parents (some of you may be my youth parents…welcome to my story!
But, by the time I got married at 21, I had more baggage than anyone would ever need in a life time.(Side note: If you’re not a Christian, these rules can still apply to you as they are a recipe for a healthy, strong relationship where you have a voice and are safe). As a new sophomore in high school, a senior boy and I had a mutual attraction.He asked me out, I said ‘yes’ (and secretly hoped my parents would too) and for nearly the next year, we were a thing.I don’t think it’s healthy and I haven’t wavered on my stance.I’ve seen in myself and in others how painfully easy it is to immerse yourself in another person, especially at these young ages where they’re (let’s be honest) ill-equipped to handle all the emotion that comes with relationships, dating, heartbreak, and the plethora of responsibilities that accompany it all. First, I don’t know how I managed to convince my parents to allow this when the hard and fast rule had always been “no dating until you’re 16” and I was 15 and a couple of months.
Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.