What is the main purpose of dating
When you only are allowed to get to know someone with your parents or a chaperone present, you get to know the Sunday best of the person.
This is in many cases, a very dangerous practice disguised as a perfect formula for a happy and successful marriage.
A dating relationship is usually based only on what the dating couple presently knows about each other.
In contrast, a Biblical courtship is based on what God knows about each partner and on His plans for their futures.
(See Proverbs 3:5–7.)Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.
It is a choice to not emotionally give away your heart, piece by piece, to many others through casual dating relationships and instead to give your whole heart to your life partner.
Consequently, dating opens the door to many temptations.
If defrauding (stirring up desires that cannot be righteously satisfied) occurs, the couple can foolishly and tragically give away both emotional and physical affections that should have been reserved for a life partner.
Thus, in a dating relationship, frequently intimacy precedes commitment.
If, during the courtship, one or both parties realize that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.(See II Corinthians 5:7, Psalm , Romans , Psalm 13, and I John 4:8.)Because each individual, family, and set of circumstances is unique, each courtship will be unique.