Gods word and dating
Genesis says that God created Eve as a helpmeet -- to Adam perform his duty, working the garden and taking dominion over the earth.
That is God's purpose for marriage -- a team, fulfilling His call together -- pleased with each other, certainly, but primarily focused on Him, not their own pleasure.
You may feel that courtship does not adequately describe these principles.
If so, I would be happy to hear from you, because I don't believe I have all the answers yet, I feel I'm still on the journey.
I intend to expose the flaws I see in today's dating model, and at the same time point out how Biblical courtship addresses these flaws.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.As Christians, our primary purpose in life is to seek and serve God, and fulfill our destiny in Him. We need to find out what God's plan for relationships is, and then follow it. Let's study what we are doing now against what God has described in His word, and draw up a new standard. Other terms, such as 'betrothal' or even 'biblical dating' could be used, although they would possibly be confusing.The current model that we are using is ineffective, at best. Dating was invented in the early part of this century.
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On the one hand, we save sex for our partners (and some even do that sparingly), but on the other, we engage in rampant emotional promiscuity, giving pieces of our hearts away until one wonders what will be left for that special, life-long partner.