Between courting and dating
What is the difference between courtship and dating?Is the only difference that dating is casual and courtship is exclusive with movement towards engagement?Last week, I asked you to give me your most burning love questions. More than 100 of you left us a comment with a question about love and romance. Mars asked, “I hear the word ‘courting’ a lot in opposition to ‘dating.’ What are the differences between the two and which relationship is the better of the two? Courtship and dating are words that are thrown around a lot on this blog.
I have found that many times it’s simply semantics.While dating can be more casual in nature, courtship has a decidedly more serious goal in mind: marriage.So unless your goal is to ultimately make a commitment to marry, courtship is not for you. However, they go into the relationship hoping to find out if they are truly meant to be together forever.Courtship crashed back onto the cultural landscape in a big way several years ago when Joshua Harris wrote the book These are good parameters. The heart of courtship is the notion that you won’t just date for fun but will pursue romance with marriage as an end goal. First Corinthians tells us to flee from sexual immorality. Limiting time alone is a great way to run from the temptation to get overly physical.
I’ve been around a lot of girls who court and a lot of families who want their children to court. Clearly, the basic principles of courtship are so important to living a lifestyle of purity.
I have known lots of girls who haven’t committed themselves to courtship and yet, they don’t date just for fun; they only date guys who seem like good husband material, they involve their parents in their decision making and they do everything possible to keep their relationships pure.