Question: "What is the difference between dating and courting? 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. First and foremost, dating is a time when a Christian finds out if his or her potential marriage partner is also a believer in Christ. The Bible warns us that believers and unbelievers should not marry each other, because those living in the light of Christ and those living in the darkness cannot live in harmony 2 Corinthians As stated before, during this time there should be little or no physical contact, as this is something that should wait until marriage 1 Corinthians
But over the years, people have twisted the idea of love and romance and have totally mixed up the concept of dating and courting. This is probably why a vast majority of present generation individuals suffer from heartbreaks or are unable to cope up with the depression it follows. Are you dating or courting? We help you understand the differences between the two to help you make an informed decision in making better choices of partners for relationships. Courting, or courtship, is a relationship between a man and a woman in its early development stage wherein they get to know each other and develop a deep relationship so that they could purposefully explore the possibility of marriage.
When God Writes Your Love Story: Why We Chose A 'Christian Courtship'
Next to your decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and next to your resolution to crown Him the Lord of your life, comes the vital question of whom you shall marry. A wrong choice here can tragically wreck your entire life. On the other hand, the right choice here can promise that your future years will be a bit of heaven on earth.
Photo: John Trif In my dealings with the topic biblical courtship, I have found that, to my disappointment and often discouragement, there seems to be a lot of opinion but regrettably, a real lack of clarity. Reading many articles, talking with other believers, and being a believer who is currently in a courtship myself, I have found myself wrestling vigorously with the different ideologies which are flying about in answer to the following question: How do we, as followers of Jesus Christ, engage in courtship in a biblical way, a way in which honours and glorifies God, leaving both parties obedient to the Word? I was fortunate enough to have an interesting conversation with a woman by the name of Rowina Seidler, who has written many articles reflecting on this very issue.