One of the first penalties of serial monogamy is emotional suffering.The sexual act creates an emotional bond between a man and a woman.Without proper instruction, too many youth become promiscuous, contract sexually transmissible diseases, experience unwanted pregnancies and choose wrong paths that seem enjoyable and okay at the time but lead to untold anguish (Proverbs ).Youth need instruction early as to why and how biblical values can protect them from such suffering.In this chapter we’re going to look at the godly way to find a husband or wife.We’ll contrast the modern dating culture with godly dating practices.They are also the building blocks of communities, societies and, ultimately, civilizations. Though the Bible gives no specific age when dating is appropriate, wise parents will teach their maturing children sound biblical principles that will help them follow God’s standards of behavior.A society is only as strong as its marriages and families. Parents should determine when their children are ready to date based on their maturity and readiness to accept responsibility for their actions.
This practice of serial monogamy-being sexually active with only one other person at a time-is widely considered to be a suitable way to date and find a future spouse.
Without this instruction, many young people make mistakes that hinder their potential for having a happy marriage.
Loving parents would never wish misery on their children, but leaving them ignorant is a sure path to heartache.
Teaching young people God’s standards before allowing them to date may sound terribly old-fashioned and restrictive.
But look at it this way: Most governments do not allow people to drive automobiles until they demonstrate the knowledge and ability to do so in a safe manner.