dating while seperated

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Just curious, dating while married even if you have been seperated for years, is it ok. Biblically or not????
 

AAAPlus

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Definitely not Biblical.
 
Jun 21, 2011
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I agree! I'm not perfect but I do believe its something you should not do.
 

SeatBelt

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shouldn't be viewed any differently than dating when two people are still living under the same roof. If that's something a person is OK with, then...
...well, then this may not be the website they were looking for, but we'll love em and try to school em different!
 
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I think meggars sums it up best.

In the mind of a christian it should always be on the forefront of our hearts to keep marriage working until its bitter death (which is hopefully never). Whether the spouse you're separated from has given up or not, and even if they are seeing someone or not, it's not a liscence for you to do the same. Two sins don't make salvation.
 
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Just curious, dating while married even if you have been seperated for years, is it ok. Biblically or not????
If there's really no chance of reconciliation and you're basically just waiting for the paperwork/court stuff to be completed then I think it would be ok to go on some "NON-dates" (just a cup of coffee or a meal with someone) just to get to know someone you seem interested in. I really hope no one sees having coffee with someone as adultery.
 
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I would think it's about the intention. Sins in the mind count as well.
 

seoulsearch

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I know this is an important topic but I think that, as with anything in life, it has to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

When I was younger, I would have said, "It's absolutely never permissible to date a separated person, ever!!" and I'm not necessarily saying it's ever right.

It's just that, as one gets older and talks to people about their lives, you come to realize that life is NEVER black and white like we wish it would be.

After being single for so long and on Christian dating sites for several years, I've run into many people whose spouses simply refuse to grant them a divorce, even though the spouse that refuses has, in some cases, moved on to another person and even had children by them. It might have been 15+ years, but their spouse refuses to agree to a divorce.

I don't know what all the absolute answers are. As I said, I would guess it depends on a case-by-case basis with a lot of prayer, counseling, and Christian accountability.

But I would hate to think that someone in this type of situation will be held hostage by a prison of isolation for the rest of their life, all because of someone else's selfishness.
 

BarlyGurl

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I know this is an important topic but I think that, as with anything in life, it has to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

When I was younger, I would have said, "It's absolutely never permissible to date a separated person, ever!!" and I'm not necessarily saying it's ever right.

It's just that, as one gets older and talks to people about their lives, you come to realize that life is NEVER black and white like we wish it would be.

After being single for so long and on Christian dating sites for several years, I've run into many people whose spouses simply refuse to grant them a divorce, even though the spouse that refuses has, in some cases, moved on to another person and even had children by them. It might have been 15+ years, but their spouse refuses to agree to a divorce.

I don't know what all the absolute answers are. As I said, I would guess it depends on a case-by-case basis with a lot of prayer, counseling, and Christian accountability.

But I would hate to think that someone in this type of situation will be held hostage by a prison of isolation for the rest of their life, all because of someone else's selfishness.

Sorry Seoul... while I do agree that life is never as black and white as we might like. the examples you give for why a person might be dating while 'separated" are excellent examples for why you shouldn't date someone separated. Bottom line... separated is still MARRIED... even if only by paper. All state have grounds for divorce... divorce, unlike marriage, is not a mutual consent matter. Who's name is on the Petitioner line of the divorce decree is of little consequence... GOd knows every detail... He knows who's been wronged and who is the guilty party. Dating a seperated person is dating an unavailble person... by their OWN choice... to leave the marriage/divorce unresolved. No one can be imprisoned by a dead marriage unless they refuse to take the steps to execute the divorce.

Dating while separated honors neither marriage or the single person who is truly available
 

seoulsearch

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I don't have all the same views but respect what you have to say. :)

God bless.
 
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As far as sin is concerned it IS black and white. According to the bible it is a sin.
 

Jullianna

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For me, there is only "married" or "not married" when it comes to dating.
 

Jullianna

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If you date someone who is "separated" you can very well find yourself in the middle of circumstances you don't want to be in and wind up getting hurt or hurting other people unintentionally.
 

Elizabeth619

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Don't lawyers usually encourage people not to date until the divorce is final? There is a reason for that.
 
Jun 21, 2011
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he is one reason u shouldn't because say u meet the man/woman of ur dreams guess what u can't marry them Because u are still married. it ends up hurting the unmarried party. that's taking the non Biblical approach u truely can't give yourself to the person.
 

Ugly

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Just curious, dating while married even if you have been seperated for years, is it ok. Biblically or not????
You answered your own question.. separated or not you're ''dating while married''. Its called an affair. Living in different homes doesn't make you divorced or free of your marriage.
 

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But I would hate to think that someone in this type of situation will be held hostage by a prison of isolation for the rest of their life, all because of someone else's selfishness.
unfortunately like the song says, you can't always get what you want....sure it sucks that someone else is being selfish and not granting the divorce after so many years (although, are there actually still any states that don't have default divorce after a certain number of years? 15+ seems like someone was exaggerating to you but I'm canadian so what do I know?) However I think God is still a fan of using all things...including sucky situations to work together for the good of those who love him. I doubt the plan is for us to try to circumvent the issue with our own justifications as to why this, that or the other thing is ok "because...". If the purpose of dating while separated is to find yourself in a relationship with someone else, your non-ex-spouse's selfishness is now easily comparable to your own. Let's say you date someone and they fall in love with you. Now what? You're depriving them of the opportunity to find themselves in a fabulous God-filled marriage because you can't marry them. What's the alternative? To break up since you can't go anywhere with it anyway? Then what was the point of dating them?....To live ''in sin''? Do we go ahead and justify that because of our non-ex-spouse's selfishness too? There's only so much blame we can place on the other person before we have to start taking responsibility for our own actions.


but hey....go ahead and date ''still technically married'' people!....oh. what's that over there!!??.......is that....Baby Jesus? ....is he.......crying????? :p ;)
 
Jun 21, 2011
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again just gathering information i dont want this to get into a huge thing, this all started off as spin off of someones thread
 

Tearose84

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It must be different in other states. I think, though not sure, that where I live no one can keep the other from getting a divorce. I think there is a 6 month period that if there is no response from the other spouse the judge can grant the divorce and give the responding spouse whatever they want.
Either way, I think it is unbibical to start an affair (and it IS an affair until you are divorced) when you are married.