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.
What Is Christian Courtship & Why Isn't It Just Called Dating, Per The Bible
Christian Dating and Courtship, Part 1: Leadership – From the Study
What does the Bible teach about Christian dating? This past week I had a young man sitting in my office asking me that very question. Perhaps you have never had someone ask you to defend your position on Christians dating. If not, I want to challenge you on this subject. It may save you and your children a great deal of heartache if you will take time to think earnestly about this important subject. The idea of recreational dating is something that our culture has invented.
What Does The Bible Say About Dating and Courtship?
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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.