I have recently seen some pretty nasty situations where families have tried so hard to control the courtship of their children that they have created greater problems.
Often, they have tended to alienate their children instead of bringing them closer.
In the case of Isaac and Rebekah, their marriage was arranged for them before they even saw each other. But nowhere in scripture does God make any commandment that His people follow these customs.
These articles are designed to provide insight, inspiration, restoration, information and healing for individuals and relationships.Written permission (email) is needed to publish or reprint articles and materials in any other form. Brennen, Counseling Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist. The Secret Book of James is preserved in a single Coptic copy found in Codex III of the Nag Hammadi codices. The most extensive study on the Secret Book of James is that of Ron Cameron, Sayings Traditions in the Apocryphon of James (HTS 34; Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press 1984).As I see dating, it is a pairing off of couples for outings for the purpose of having fun and checking each other out. The practice has led to unwed mothers, abortions, and various evils.It is ungodly to put such a temptation on young people by allowing them unsupervised time with individuals of the opposite sex.