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by Stephen W. Simpson, PhD, excerpted from What Women Wish You Knew About Dating: A Single Guy’s Guide to Romantic Relationships

There are some myths out there that people assume to be gospel about dating. Christian culture is like any other in that we develop truisms that we accept without verifying. There are things floating around that have little or nothing to do with the Bible. Most are well intended and contain a nugget of truth. Some are flat-out wrong. Dating is hard enough without sifting through all this erroneous information, so let’s debunk some myths. There are plenty of them, but let’s focus on what I believe are the top five myths that make dating harder for Christian men.

Myth #1: "God has one woman picked out for you to marry. You are destined to be with her, and God will guide you to her."

Myth #2: "The Bible has clearly defined guidelines for dating."

Myth #3: "God will reveal to you the woman that you are going to marry the instant you meet her."

Myth #4: "You have to be friends with a woman before you can date her."

Myth #5: "A man’s sexuality is a ravenous, snarling beast that should be kept in a cage until he’s married."

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