Dating and courting are basically the same thing—just different terms. Before we get into this though, we've gotta throw out the reminder that if your parents have told you that they do not want you to date yet, then you must respect their rules. Colossians says, "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. The Bible does not actually mention the terms "dating" and "courtship", but we can definitely find some principles about relationships that will help us understand what's up with this touchy subject. First things first, let's separate how the world views dating from how God wants us to handle the period of time before a couple gets married.
We should find out if the person has been born again in the Spirit of Christ John and if he or she shares the same desire toward Christ-likeness Philippians The ultimate goal of dating or courting is finding a life partner. The Bible tells us that, as Christians, we should not marry an unbeliever 2 Corinthians because this would weaken our relationship with Christ and compromise our morals and standards. When one is in a committed relationship, whether dating or courting, it is important to remember to love the Lord above all else Matthew Also, we are not to defile our bodies by having premarital sex 1 Corinthians , 13; 2 Timothy Sexual immorality is a sin not only against God but against our own bodies 1 Corinthians It is important to love and honor others as we love ourselves Romans , and this is certainly true for a courtship or dating relationship.
Question: "Is it wise for Christian teens to be dating? To some today, the word dating has become synonymous with sleeping together. In considering the wisdom of Christian teens dating, we need to establish the purpose of dating. Dating is a fairly recent Western idea, evolving from the earlier practice of courtship. The purpose of courtship was to determine whether a boy and a girl liked each other enough to consider marriage.
It is an extension of relating as brothers and devotions, and in a group context that can occur with absolute purity, as it did with Jesus. The antidote to courtship is fellowship, how dating; the need is for couples, not sexuality, The exclusiveness of romantic devotions precludes building friendships. Dating substitutes biblical feelings for friendship, passion for honour and respect, foolish jesting for thankfulness, our pleasure for His business.