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.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
The goal is for the family to help the man and woman stay accountable for their level of commitment to each other.
So, Mom and Dad are allowed to counsel their son if they feel he is compromising the woman in any way. Group Activities Are Encouraged Nowadays, one-on-one date nights are basic protocol for people in relationships.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.