Internet dating and the bible

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As the preceding article in this series discussed, Internet romances may blossom quickly, but they often wither when reality sets in.* Still, there is a greater cause for concern than mere disappointment.

INTERNET dating continues to grow in popularity worldwide.

Some of the dangers are related to an important Bible principle.

Such predators might remind you of Jesus’ illustration about false prophets who “come to you in sheep’s covering” but in truth are like “ravenous wolves.” (Matthew ) Anonymous communication through the Internet can make it almost impossible to see through such deception. Sadly, yes​—some claim to be true Christians when they are not. Again, one factor is that the Internet makes it easy. Much of the pain and misery in this world stems from lying.

Other young ones have unwittingly become involved with sexual predators.

These vile people first “groom” a prospective victim, building trust through friendly on-line chat.

Dating in this fashion may put you in serious danger​—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

How can something that looks so innocent and safe​—a computer terminal right in your own home—​actually present a danger to you?

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