Related Topics: Is there such a thing as soul mates?Does God have one specific person for you to marry? What is an appropriate level of intimacy before marriage?Your parents just received it, yet it is much more for you than for them.You are urged to carefully study this book, long before you are of sufficient age to date.Courtship advocates claim that courtship allows for the two people to truly get to know each other in a more platonic setting without the pressures of physical intimacy or emotions clouding their view. For daters, spending time alone with a member of the opposite sex whom we find attractive can present temptations that can be very hard to resist.The Christian dating couple must have boundaries in place and be committed to not crossing them.
Courtship takes the position that the two people have no physical contact at all (no touching, no hand-holding, no kissing) until marriage.While there are non-Christians who date with the intention of having a series of intimate physical relationships, for the Christian this is not acceptable and should never be the reason for dating.Many Christians see dating as little more than friendship and maintain the friendship aspect of their dating until both people are ready to commit to each other as potential marriage partners.All of this would have been unthinkable just 50 years ago.Virtually everyone back then planned and expected to “grow up, get married and have children.” And marriage was for life!
It is important to remember that neither dating nor courtship is mandated in Scripture.