Dating tries to answer the question, In a dating relationship, there is little if any accountability for the couple and little or no interaction with family members.
If defrauding (stirring up desires that cannot be righteously satisfied) occurs, the couple can foolishly and tragically give away both emotional and physical affections that should have been reserved for a life partner.
Thus, in a dating relationship, frequently intimacy precedes commitment.
(See Proverbs , .)The potential for a young person's heart to be broken, and for there to be great pain is there in a courtship just as it is in dating.
There is a godly way to date without placing on the relationship all of the rules, regulations, and strains of courtship.
A courting couple can evade numerous temptations by the choice to be held accountable to God-given authorities.
The dangers of defrauding can be avoided more successfully, and an honest, open friendship can be nurtured and protected. Since one of the most important decisions we will make is the decision of marriage, we should make every effort to know and do God’s will in this area.
"A relationship between a man and a woman in which they seek to determine if it is God’s will for them to marry each other" puts marriage on the table when the couple have not yet committed to such an end.
This is no different than dating when two people get too intimate too fast (I do not mean sexually) and give away a piece of their heart. I am now married to a wonderful Christian man and we have 4 children.
As they establish guidelines for their relationship, they can more easily recognize that God also holds them responsible to honor one another.