Christian quiz on dating
Question: "What is the difference between dating and courting?
" Answer: Dating and courtship are two methods of beginning relationships with the opposite sex.
Of course, the courtship style presents its own set of difficulties.
While many courtship advocates see it as the only choice for finding a mate, others find it oppressive and overly controlling.
It is important to remember that neither dating nor courtship is mandated in Scripture.
In the end, the Christian character and spiritual maturity of the couple is far more important than the exact nature of how and when they spend time together.
Finally, care must be taken to avoid the pitfall of believing one’s personal preference—dating or courting—is the “only way” and looking down upon those who make the opposite choice.
The Christian dating couple must have boundaries in place and be committed to not crossing them.
If they find this hard to do, they must take steps to ensure that Christ will always be honored during their time together and that sin is never given a chance to take hold of their relationship.
Just as with the courting couple, the parents of the dating couple should be involved in the relationship, getting to know their child’s companion and being a source of wise and discerning advice and guidance for both of them.
Glenn is a licensed family therapist who’s been on the Focus counseling team for 23 years.
Prior to joining Focus, he spent time in church counseling and pastoral ministry.