The modern-day concept of “dating” looked far different 2,000 years ago.The process of meeting a spouse had very little to do with compatibility and personality traits, and everything to do with family lineage and economic status.The reference Jesus made to eating his flesh and drinking his blood is a metaphorical way of describing the person who draws on, claims, or lays hold of the reality of his atoning sacrifice by putting personal faith in him. And when we realize that he's confronting us, then we have to respond to him. Jesus is a person who confronts us through his Word.Dating well means that we make sure to honor and respect this portion of our future marriage by setting physical limits and boundaries when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex.It’s easy to include God in our spiritual lives, but why not include Him in our relational world as well?I don’t know about you, but I say that’s a step in the right direction when it comes to dating well.SEE ALSO: The Myth of Happily Ever After1 Corinthians ).
All over Scripture we are reminded of the meaning of a physical relationship within the context of a committed marriage (Hebrews 13:4, Song of Solomon 8:4)." And what's flanking it on both sides is material in which the idea of eating Jesus is prominent and central. Jesus makes it plain that means coming to him, which is the heart of the matter—an encounter with the Christ who confronts you.He goes right on to the end of the discourse, talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood and having life as a result of doing so. There have been five chapters of John's Gospel leading up to this point; they establish the frame of reference into which eating Jesus' flesh and drinking his blood actually fits.Not only is there nothing said about the topic, but the concept of dating didn’t even exist in biblical times.Even today in the cultures of the Middle East, dating is a relatively new concept.