Do Single Christians Have The Idea Of Love Backwards?
Editor’s Note: Names have been changed to protect anonymity
Last year, one of the world’s largest online dating sites released results of a survey they took of 5,200 singles. Said to be the most comprehensive poll of its type ever taken, the survey of 21- to 65-year-olds (and older) reported that (i):
• 72% of singles would live with someone in the future without marrying.
• 36% of singles are open to a casual “hook-up” in the near future, and 54% reported they have had a one-night stand.
• 76% of single men and 77% of women ages 21–34 were no longer virgins.
Read: Christianity – K-I-S!
The results plainly portray the challenging cultural terrain today’s Christian singles navigate when dating. Carolyn was one such sojourner. Hurting and confused, she called me on “Hope in the Night” a few months ago, explaining that she was involved with a man who was in the “process of getting a divorce.” In other words, she was dating a married man.
As our conversation progressed, it became clear that Carolyn, like so many Christian singles, didn’t understand the true meaning of love. In fact, her concept was completely backward.
While the English language has only one word for love, the Greek language features multiple words with multiple meanings (ii). Understanding what love truly means is critical in order to enjoy a healthy, Christ-centered dating relationship. Let’s look more closely at three types of love expressed in the Greek language.
Source: The Christian Post – June Hunt