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Monday: Biblical Romances — 10 Comments

  1. I think it is beautiful that the bible placed these romantic stories as reminders for us to understand that marriage can really be heart-warming and beautiful. Of course, God knew exactly which examples we would need. We should take the devotion the couples had for each other despite everything not going exactly how they would have wanted it to.

  2. God placed these wonderful love stories in the Bible as examples that marriages can work even with their ups and downs. If God is head of the relationship then spouses would love and treat each other as they expect God to love and treat them. With prayers and devotions these intimate relationships can be successful as God intends them to be.

    Another reason I think God includes these love stories in the Bible is to show comparison with us.
    He is the bridegroom and each christian should be his bride. The relationship between the bridegroom and the bride should be one of deep abiding love. Where there is love then there is respect, trust, forgiveness, compassion, devotion and everything good and pure. I know that God is all these and more to His bride, but what kind of relationship do we have with Him? Only our relationship with Him will testify what kind of love/romance we have with God, our bridegroom.

  3. Most marriages are fragile today...just one storm and the boat sinks. Issues of wife failing to bear children cause alot of misery in our society today. Mostly us men find ourselves indulging in a bid to have children causing pain to our spouses.

  4. This lesson seems to suggest that it's OK to have romantic kisses before marriage, because Jacob and Rachel did so.
    Genesis 29:11 cannot be used in my opinion to prove this, because it would be ignoring the context completely.

    If we say Jacob's kiss was a romantic one, we must say the same about Laban kissing Jacob (Gen. 29:13), Esau kissing Jacob (Gen. 33:4 - notice they wept, just like Jacob when kissing Rachel), Aaron kissing Moses (Ex. 4:27) and countless others.

    The fact is that kissing somebody you know, but didn't see for a long time (or probably never in this case), was a custom in those times that still exists today in many countries.

    • Hi Christian,

      I agree with you that the kiss recorded by Jacob in Gen 29:11 doesn't appear to be about romance, so much as relief that Jacob's long journey was over. When we finally read about Jacob loving Rachel, in verse 18, a month has passed, and presumably he has had a chance to learn more about her. 🙂

  5. Well I do not agree with my fellow saints there, the Bible does condone kiss before marriage he actually has a condition, that is done by married people

  6. @Christian, is it possible then to be in a relationship without kissing? Cause from my experience then we shouldn't then bother to be in these relationships in the first place because one thing always leads to the other. The holding of hands, will blossom to a hug, which overtime will bear kisses. So tell me should we then make friendships with the opposite sex? Confused yet curious.

    • I have not studied this subject, so I don't want to be dogmatic about it. I was simply pointing to the fact that in my opinion Genesis 29:11 is not a romantic kiss. We should be very careful how we interpret the Bible and as much as possible leave out pre-conceived ideas. This is a lot more important to me than the subject of kissing.

      As to whether the Bible allows it or not, I don't know. I personally can't see myself french kissing without committing adultery in my heart.


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