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Signs of Physical Attraction
How Important Is Physical Attraction in Dating? | RELEVANT
Question: "How important is physical attraction when looking for a spouse? The sexual component in marriage is important for intimacy between husband and wife for procreation and the survival of the human race. At the same time, arranged marriages—including those in which the couple do not even see each other until the wedding—were the norm in centuries past and are still practiced today in parts of the world. Solomon described the attraction of the bridegroom for his beloved in chapters 4 and 7 of Song of Songs. He describes her physical beauty and his desire for her. She reciprocates in chapter 8, describing her passion for him and her desire for his embrace. Song of Songs is a beautiful depiction of conjugal love in which physical attraction is a component.
Dating Advice: How Important Is Physical Attraction In A Relationship?
While physical attraction is a part of finding a spouse, it is only one piece of the puzzle in choosing a lifelong mate, Marshall Segal writes for DesiringGod. Segal, who serves as associate editor of the Christian website, discussed the topic of physical attraction in a blog published last Thursday, questioning how much of a role attraction should play when choosing a lifelong partner. Segal explains that God created physical attraction, and while it does play a role in marriage, it should be seen as flexible, with a spouse's inner beauty being a far more important and long-lasting asset. But that's only one piece of what makes people attractive, and it is not the main piece — nowhere close. Mutual faith in Jesus Christ should be the most arrestingly attractive thing about any potential spouse," Segal contends.
I wanted to just get some insight into the world of Christian dating about attraction and the physical elements that come along with it. I understand that this life is short and we shouldn't be concerned with the physical but when it comes to dating and marriage I don't believe I get to heaven and my wife comes running to me saying "I'm so glad you're here, I've been lonely. So anyway, it seems like people expect Christians Specifically men to overlook physical beauty and look at the heart.