The difference between courtship and dating
The date is planned by young people with a known expectation of physical intimacy.
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.
Our culture finds it hard to make such judgements because the dating scene seems to be an expression of "teenagers in love" - and love is thought to be something that just happens, over which we have no control.
Dating is part of the lie of the enemy that is ensnaring our young people.
That said, we will want a few wise, mature, godly people to be aware, who can pray for us and offer good council.
So what are the benefits of pursuing the possibility of marriage without becoming boyfriend/girlfriend?
A helpful way to understand the difference is to look at the type of language used by people in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship compared to the language we might choose to use when being courted: Boyfriend/girlfriend relationship: to each other in the first place.Most parents continue to allow dating because it is the way that they did things in their day, and they believe that they survived.