DATING SURVEY ANSWERS
Teleios’ recent survey evaluated Christians’ dating habits. There were 1,818 responses. Below are explanations to questions of biblical importance. For full results click here.
COMMENT – Scripture provides the clear, sure pathway! It states an adverse relationship with God may be corrected by admitting our need for forgiveness, recognizing that Christ died on the cross for all our wrongdoings so we could receive forgiveness. We receive this forgiveness by simply asking God in faith to forgive us and correct our relationship with Him.
- Salvation is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:19-26).
- Salvation is secure (1 Peter 1:4-5; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-35).
- When we believe, we are irrevocably changed into new people by the Holy Spirit who regenerates us. That change cannot be undone, no matter what! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- We are sealed by the Spirit until Christ comes again (Ephesians 1:13-14).
COMMENT – The Bible describes the main purpose of Christian marriage as demonstrating to society the relationship between Christ and His church (Ephesians 5: 21-33). Stated another way, it is a primarily an evangelical tool!
- God’s goals – God’s plans are greater than our own and His plan is to sum up all history in Christ (Ephesians 1:10-11). Consequently, viewing marriage and its purpose within the overall goal of God’s plans is important and appropriate. God wants all people to come to know Him and so marriage is primarily evangelical as we demonstrate Christ’s loving relationship to the church.
- Importance to us – Considering marriage as a witness to society is also vital to our own marriage relationships as it reminds us that we were married for God’s purposes and not primarily for our own desires such as: sex, a wonderful marriage ceremony, and having children (as wonderful as they are).
- Defines the relationship – Knowing that the purpose of marriage is to reflect Christ and the church reminds us that we primarily serve our spouse. Otherwise, we leave our prior families and our new priorities are clearly for our beloved marriage partner and God (Ephesians 5:31-32) before extended family members or those outside the family.
COMMENT – Marriage is a wonderful institution, ordained by God, which provides marvelous benefits to the church, society and individuals. However, it at its highest purpose is an evangelical tool that God uses to attract people to the gospel. How then does marriage reflect the relationship between Christ and the church?
- The love between a man and a woman reflects the love that Christ has for His church.
- The love of the husband, and his complete devotion to his wife, reflects the love and devotion of Christ to the church.
- The submission of the wife for the husband reflects the submission of the church to Christ.
- This combination of order, love and devotion should provide a productive, caring image to society of what Christ does for the church.