Taking a look at some of the online dating ads, it would appear that finding our so-called ‘soul mate’ needs a bit of help. But, could it be our thinking that needs a little help? Check this article out from Emily Timbol in the Huffington Post:
Don’t Believe the Lies, God Doesn’t Have a Perfect Match for You
God answered my mother’s prayers. I met my husband at church. Not that skeezy bar with the sticky floors she didn’t like me going to on the weekends. When he and I met, at age 25, scores of our friends were already married. We were Christians in the south. I was going to wedding showers before I graduated from college. In the marriage and children race, we were already behind.
Two and a half years after we met, we got married. It was around this time that those annoyingly upbeat Christian dating site commercials started blaring from the TV. The fact we were off the market didn’t make both of us any less furious at one website’s tagline.
“Find God’s match for you.”
What a load of crap.
I love my husband, but he’s not God’s match for me. Such a thing doesn’t exist. God is not an omnipotent Yenta, spending His days deciding which coupling would lead to the easiest, happiest, most attractive (white, based on the ads) twosome. He certainly isn’t sending down Christian biased algorithms to profit driven websites, so they can do the work for Him.
Because soul mates is something we made up. Not God. Nowhere in the Bible does God, Jesus or the apostles give any hint that there is one perfect mate out there that we should be searching for. Quite the opposite. In 1 Corinthians 7, verses 27-28, Paul famously said,
“…I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.”
That’s hardly a glowing recommendation for soul mates.
But marriage is significant in the Bible… Read The Rest Here!
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