Recently, after someone I’ve mentored finally decided to declare that they were in a relationship, they didn’t know if they should call it dating or courting.Both terms seem to have connotations that their belief system doesn’t represent. 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 ).
I sat down with them to talk about how it all began and how far they’ve come together. RELATED: 'My Boyfriend Hasn't Slept With Me In Six Months! We met while studying at Cornell University, but it was a very rushed first introduction.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.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.When a couple became betrothed, it was as good as being legally marriage and was considered binding on both the man and the woman.This is why, once Joseph found Mary to be with child “Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly” (Matt ).