Dating and courting are basically the same thing—just different terms."Courtship" is generally viewed as pursuing a relationship with the full intention to marry the other person.Dear Kim, Thank you for your excellent question and for your patience in waiting for my response!It is a relevant question, in a society that pushes dating at such a young age.The ultimate reason for dating is to find a spouse.
According to 2 Peter -20, God's way is totally contradictory to the way the world says unmarried couples should act.(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.Nothing in my life and faith has been more confusing and spiritually hazardous than my pursuit of marriage. Maybe you’ve wanted the relationship or liked the guy or girl, and you’ve never had the chance.From far too young, I longed for the affection, safety, and intimacy I anticipated with a wife. I experimented too much with our hearts and allowed things to go too far. And now my singleness is a regular reminder that I messed up, missed opportunities, or did it wrong. Maybe all the suggestions and advice you’ve collected has become a confusing mess of good-intentioned contradictions and ambiguity."Dating" is viewed as more casual and usually wrapped up in a simple series of romantic encounters (both emotional and physical).Before we get into this though, we've gotta throw out the reminder that if your parents have told you that they do not want you to date yet, then you must respect their rules.Therefore, I think it’s safe to say that this is the defining purpose of dating: to find someone to marry.It is because of this that I really believe that a person should begin dating only when he or she is at an age and stage in life when marriage is a realistic possibility.Sadly, my immature and unhealthy desires predictably did much more harm than good. Maybe dating has been hard for you too, for these reasons or others. It’s enough to leave you like an eight-year-old, asking, “Mom, where do weddings come from?” The vision of marriage we see in God’s word — the beautiful, radical display of God’s infinite, persevering love for sinners — makes it worth it to date, and date well.