Hanging out vs dating vs courtship

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."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.Colossians says, "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." That said, let's take a look at what the Bible says about romantic relationships.The Bible does not actually mention the terms "dating" and "courtship", but we can definitely find some principles about relationships that will help us understand what's up with this touchy subject.

The world says that dating as much as you want is totally fine.

The world says that sleeping around is necessary to see if you're physically compatible.

The world says that living together before you're married is completely normal because, well, how else would you find out if your boyfriend's/girlfriend's habits are too annoying to live with?

Sadly, this is a very self-centered way of entering into a relationship.

This view is all about pleasing ourselves—not loving and serving another person.

That kind of attitude and motivation will ultimately lead to a relationship ending in disaster.

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