He was reacting against the casual, recreational, aimless dating that had come to dominate the American landscape. But, as we are so prone to do, we took good principles and distorted them and distilled them into a series of unhelpful/legalistic practices.
He was trying to help young men and women stop hurting each other through the endless hooking up, breaking up, hooking up, breaking up, etc. Dating/courting has turned into an elaborate set of unwritten rules which must be followed to the letter, no matter what the circumstances. But the reality is, you can’t slap these practices on top of every relationship and expect the relationship to go well.
"After we got married, we encountered many of the typical newlywed challenges, including the financial ones, but we managed to make ends meet.
"Before long, our son was born and brought us incredible joy, as did his sister who was born four years later.
If you are like most dating couples, you are looking for more than just a companion – you want a soul mate!
The essence of a true soul mate relationship is that of deep spiritual connection.
When Josh Harris wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye, he had good intentions.
And here’s the kicker: believe it or not, the Bible doesn’t actually say a whole lot about dating/courting relationships.
When we place our above Biblical principles, it’s a recipe for disaster.
Consider this story about a happily married couple in North Carolina: "As I write, my wife and I are about to celebrate 35 years of marriage.
"We actually met as teenagers because we attended the same church.