Which comes first courting or dating
We are confronted with a massive predominance of amorality. It remains true that it is very unlikely that a girl will get pregnant if she does not go on a date.
But the practice of dating has transformed the nature of teenage sexuality. It robs a man of the inheritance of an unspoiled wife, and robs the institution of the family of its true foundation. It is naive to think that a woman is able to make decisions limiting sexual activity in an unsupervised context.
Is it just an innocent cultural expression; the way we do things in the west in the present century? " Jim West has defined a date as, "Any planned event involving a shared activity between a man and a woman" - one person asks the other to share in an activity, and a publicly recognizable pairing occurs.
It always implies some kind of romantic interest, and both parties know this even if the date is going to a church meeting or to a Bible study. Compare this cultural norm with the one that prevailed in western civilization until the early part of this century.
Sexual desires are not designed to be started and stopped over and over again!
Finally, it is naive to think that it is all a matter of self-control. Self-control means refraining from sexual touch of any kind, at least until covenantal engagement.
All that is unknown is its degree, or the speed of its intensification. Without her father's protection, she alone must determine the degree of sexual intimacy, and that in the heat of the moment.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."Is dating morally neutral?
Dating is part of the lie of the enemy that is ensnaring our young people.
The Bible tells us that all that has to do with love can and must be tested.
The test is Rom - "true love does no harm to a neighbour and fulfills the law." So we must find a lawful way for our young people to fall in love and prepare for marriage. It is an established cultural norm to be followed without further question.
Most parents continue to allow dating because it is the way that they did things in their day, and they believe that they survived.