So to take one of my examples above, the story of Jacob and Rachel is found in Genesis, a historical narrative.The author's main point in that part of Genesis is to describe the story of Jacob and Rachel as part of a larger narrative about God and His plan of redemption, not to "prescribe" (to endorse or instruct) anything about their conduct. It means that even though Jacob ended up taking two wives, that fact in a historical narrative does not override Paul's direct teaching on marriage in Ephesians, 1 Corinthians and elsewhere that marriage is to be between one man and one woman.The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture holds that the Bible guides and instructs us authoritatively in all areas of our faith and life, and that there is no area of life about which the Bible has no guidance for us.Second Timothy -17 teaches us that "[a]ll Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." That teaching, reproof and correction may be only at the level of broad principles in some areas of life (like dating), but it will be there nonetheless.So if you are a regular and thorough Boundless reader, you've had a lot to think about!
Sometimes if you have issues in your life, even if they are about something like dating, you can turn to God and the Bible for advice! If you are single and keep reading this piece, you may be tempted to think of what follows as principles that limit or restrict the way you act while dating.There may be some truth in that in some sense, but they are even more fundamentally about marriage relationship — and about positively loving our single brothers and sisters in Christ in a way that prioritizes one another's spiritual good (an ethic with which Scripture is deeply concerned).The Biblical Dating series takes a shot at that question in detail, as does the column "Principles for Drawing Boundaries." 2.Sexual immorality is a serious sin against God and one another, and it should be actively avoided.
(For instance, the story of Jacob and Rachel doesn't stand for the idea that seven years is the right length of time for a dating relationship — or that polygamy is OK!