Jennifer's, Samantha's and John's concerns are common, because according to the U. Census Bureau, 19.3 million Americans get divorced each year, and many of them date and eventually remarry.
Perhaps you share their concerns, as you're also wondering how you can reenter the dating world after divorce — and do so according to God's standards. Divorce is the death of the dreams you had when you committed yourself "for better or for worse." As a Christian, you can't simply separate from your spouse one day and hit the dating field the next.
If this does occur, the other spouse has the ‘option’ to initiate a divorce. 7 speaks to a believer being married to an unbeliever.
If the unbeliever wants the marriage to continue, then the Bible says that the believer is to stay in that marriage.
But for most, the issue of dating involves "romantic attraction and desire." Therefore "dating" must be approached by what the Scripture says regarding romantic desire and marriage, the only relationship in which romantic desire is to be fully expressed.
If "dating" is defined as two single friends of the opposite sex doing things together for fun without any attraction or romantic desire or intimacy involved at all, there is no issue to discuss regarding dating. The Bible describes and gives directions concerning friendship.
If you start dating prematurely, you could be hurting — rather than honoring — those you date.
But John knows better because he's still married, and dating now would go against God's desires.
Within that struggle, inevitably the question comes up: Can a Christian date a non-Christian?
The Bible addresses the hardships that come with marrying a nonbeliever, so that's rather clear.
While many start off with intentions of finding a godly partner, with each passing year the waiting feels longer and the hoping gets harder.
Slowly, we can find ourselves starting to second-guess our original standards, wondering if we've been too extreme or unrealistic.