Internet dating danger
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.If you are “past the bloom of youth”—the time when sexual desires are at their peak—and are interested in marriage, you are facing one of the most important choices you will make in your life.(1 Corinthians ) By all means, make a responsible decision.However, we must recognize that other people often are not honest and that as the quotations at the outset of this article illustrate, the Internet seems to make certain kinds of dishonesty easier to practice and harder to detect.And when it comes to romantic attachments, dishonesty presents terrible dangers.Family, friends, and responsibilities become secondary. A young woman named Monika, in Austria, says: “I started to neglect important relationships because I spent much time on the computer with people I met on-line.” Troubled by this insight, she decided to quit using the Internet that way.Of course, many are able to make balanced use of the Internet.
“On the Internet, you may not actually know who the other person is.”—Dan, 17.* “People can lie on the Internet. INTERNET dating continues to grow in popularity worldwide.
Some of the dangers are related to an important Bible principle.
The apostle Paul wrote: “We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.” (Hebrews ) Now, this is not to suggest that it is dishonest to use the Internet or even that using the Internet will make you dishonest.
Communication by E-mail can be a very helpful way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones.
Surely you would agree, though, that nothing is quite the same as face-to-face contact.
For example, the parents of a teenage son were startled one day when a young woman who did not share the family’s Christian beliefs arrived unexpectedly at their home after traveling over 1,000 miles [1,500 km]. They thought, ‘Our son could not possibly have fallen for someone whom he had never met in person.’ In fact, their son had been deceiving them—in effect, hiding what he really was.