Realize that over 50% of girls and over 40% of guys never date in high school.
The Bible gives us some very clear principles to guide us in making decisions about dating.
Your answer probably hangs on why you think you (or anyone else) should date in the first place.
Anyone can see that the costs are often high — crushing breakups, sexual sin, shocking betrayal, sudden rejection, devastating heartbreak — the pain of love that never walked the aisle.
I had my first “girlfriend” in the sixth grade, my first kiss that summer (different girl), and then a new girlfriend almost every year through high school.
From far too young, I was looking for affection, safety, and intimacy from girls instead of from God. My teenage years were one long string of relationships that were too serious for our age, went on too long, and therefore, ended too painfully. And the devil sat front-and-center, loving every minute of my early dating history.
There are many gradations in-between these two extremes, and it is possible that what is sinful for one person will not be for another, depending on their thought processes.
Furthermore, sustained kissing is considered foreplay as preparation for physical intercourse.
Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.So why do so many of us still dive so quickly into dating?Well, in part, because Satan masks the risks so well (Revelation 12:9).The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they've encountered despite their best intentions.He casts romance as a qualification for the good life, and projects anything else as empty, lonely, and purposeless by comparison.He capitalizes on our desires and convinces us we must “love” in order to truly live, that all the highest pleasures and fullest experiences are found in a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend (or husband or wife).If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then 1 Corinthians 13 says that you truly have a loving relationship.If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then maybe you should discuss those issues with your boyfriend or girlfriend.