Dating and courting are basically the same thing—just different terms.
"Courtship" is generally viewed as pursuing a relationship with the full intention to marry the other person.
The world is constantly sending a message of "try before you buy" when it comes to dating.
The world says that dating as much as you want is totally fine.
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"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.
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.
According to 2 Peter -20, God's way is totally contradictory to the way the world says unmarried couples should act.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
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.
Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.
Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.
Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.