My basic premise is that regardless of how we about things, we should follow God's model, because it will be the most effective and fulfilling.My intention is to convey that conviction, then to describe my current understanding of His model.
I would like to correct everyone and state that once it becomes exclusive between a couple, they are not in stage of dating, but a stage of So why would it matter?
Well besides the fact that you're depriving yourself of various valuable experiences with different people, we should look at how people fall in Love, or become attached to one another.
In the Bible, the parents were always involved in the marriage process.
They did not arrange the marriage without the childrens' consent, although they were certainly involved in the arrangements.
In overview, courting should only happen once and ends in a life-long covenant relationship.
Dating happens lots of times, and ends in many hurts, heartbreaks, scars, and if you're lucky, a partner that just is a word that has been adopted to describe a biblical model for the relationship leading up to marriage.
But there is a glaring fault in many of our models, a double-standard.
Once we are married, we recognize that certain things are sacred to our partner.
And it is my conviction that the wordly system of dating, as it is currently conducted by most people, is far from God's original plan, as described in the Bible.