Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.Unfortunately, however, our culture teaches our singles to engage in multiple dating relationships as though it were a normal and useful practise.
Instead of enjoying their teen years as they build skills and character, they are getting distracted into the quagmire of relationships that they are not equipped to conduct.
The teen years are those where they have the fewest responsibilities at the same time as having their greatest energy level. They should be an opportunity to develop a deep, intimate and personal walk with God, establishing themselves as young warriors who know the Father and have overcome the evil one (1 John ).
And it is my conviction that the wordly system of dating, as it is currently conducted by most people, is far from God's original plan, as described in the Bible.
I intend to expose the flaws I see in today's dating model, and at the same time point out how Biblical courtship addresses these flaws.
Online dating puts romantic prospects at our fingertips in seconds.
Text messages let us interact with the least amount of effort.A young man and a young woman on a date are responsible to help each other maintain their standards and to protect each other's honor and virtue., a Church publication for young men and young women, contains the following counsel regarding dating: “Do not date until you are at least 16 years old.Dating before then can lead to immorality, limit the number of other young people you meet, and deprive you of experiences that will help you choose an eternal partner.” Not all teenagers need to date or even want to.Many young people do not date during their teen years because they are not yet interested, do not have opportunities, or simply want to delay forming serious relationships.In cultures where dating or courtship is acceptable, dating can help youth develop friendships and eventually find an eternal companion.