Archbishop Ussher took the genealogies of Genesis, assuming they were complete, and calculated all the years to arrive at a date for the creation of the earth on Sunday, October 23, 4004 B. Of course, even assuming the method was valid, such an exact date is not possible from the genealogies of the Bible (Ussher assumed all the years the patriarchs lived were exactly 365.25 days long and that they all died the day before their next birthday).
There are a number of other assumptions implicit in the calculation.
If, during the courtship, one or both parties realize that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
The older an organism's remains are, the less beta radiation it emits because its C-14 is steadily dwindling at a predictable rate.
So, if we measure the rate of beta decay in an organic sample, we can calculate how old the sample is. Question: Kieth and Anderson radiocarbon-dated the shell of a living freshwater mussel and obtained an age of over two thousand years.
The key is to do what is right for you and most honoring to God in your life.1 Corinthians says, (NIV)This means we will need to spend time in prayer and think through what we are doing.
This doesn't mean all kisses with someone we love or are dating are sinful.
It means we ought to be careful about what is in our hearts and to make sure we have enough self-control if we allow ourselves to be in a situation that involves kissing. Some people choose not to kiss until they get married; they see kissing as leading to sin, or they believe romantic kissing is a sin.
(See II Corinthians 5:7, Psalm , Romans , Psalm 13, and I John 4:8.) Because each individual, family, and set of circumstances is unique, each courtship will be unique.
While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.
Most Christians know that the Bible discourages sex before marriage, but what about other forms of physical affection before marriage? Like many issues we face today, there is no black and white answer to whether or not kissing is a sin, but instead, we have to ask God to guide us in the direction he wants us to follow. Now we have reached the real question: When is kissing a sin?