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Is courting the same as dating
What is the difference between a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship involving two Christians and courting? I think one of the key differences can be summed up by a single word: ‘BELONGING’. When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
(Eph -32) Based on this understanding, when being courted, a girl will not see herself as being in a “new category” of relationship.
Rather she will see herself as remaining in the “same category” of friend/neighbour relationship with a new purpose (The new purpose being exploring the possibility of marriage).
Rather she will see that she is simply exploring the possibility of marriage with a brother in Christ.
In contrast, on entering a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, a man and women will see themselves as entering a “new category” of relationship.
They will believe that they have left the “neighbour/friend category” and that they now exclusively to one another.
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.
However, it does not mean it’s kind, loving or Christ-like for a man to pursue a woman and then pursue someone else at the same time (especially if he had communicated serious interest in her).
When courting a woman, a guy will usually choose to not pursue anyone else.This is not because they are “in an exclusive relationship” or because they are a “couple” but because it would be discourteous.Boyfriend/girlfriend relationship: to the other in God’s eyes, neither are we yet committed.The notion of ‘being committed’ is meaningless if we can legitimately, at any time, decide we no longer want to pursue the possibility of marriage (which we can). It would be unwise to behave in a public way as if we already did.Let not the man who puts on his armour boast as the man who takes it off (1 Kings ).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?You will be able to avoid having to: May God cause a paradigm shift in our approach to romance so that we may best honour Him. I highly recommend the book ‘God’s way for romance: Getting back to Biblical courtship‘ by Stuart Burgess. JUST LIKE THIS ARTICLE AND WRITE A COMMENT BELOW TO BE IN FOR A CHANCE OF WINNING! Instead of enjoying their teen years as they build skills and character, they are getting distracted into the quagmire of relationships that they are not equipped to conduct.The teen years are those where they have the fewest responsibilities at the same time as having their greatest energy level. They should be an opportunity to develop a deep, intimate and personal walk with God, establishing themselves as young warriors who know the Father and have overcome the evil one (1 John ).Unfortunately, however, our culture teaches our singles to engage in multiple dating relationships as though it were a normal and useful practise.