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Orthodox christianity and dating

Unlike the wedding ceremonies in most non-Orthodox churches, marriage in the Orthodox Church is not a contract—a legal agreement with the exchange of vows or promises—between two people.

For the single-but-looking Orthodox Christian serious about his or her spiritual life, it's safest not to marry outside the tribe. This is most important with regard to spiritual matters.

It's good to desire a mate who goes to church regularly, but recognize that such a person will probably expect the same of his or her spouse—i.e., you.

And as the Scriptures teach, marriage joins the flesh of two into the flesh of one (Genesis ; Mark 10:8).

Having common flesh, then, the spiritual life of one spouse greatly affects the spiritual life of the other.

Both paths are callings; we often know from a very young age whether we want our future family to be monastic or worldly.

Among those of us who answer the worldly call, it's not uncommon to trip over the misconception that it's okay for a worldly family to be less spiritual than a monastic family.

The creation of a family through marriage and childbirth (or adoption) as opposed to monastic tonsure doesn't exempt it from any expectations of holiness.