"Dating" is not a relationship, it is a method people employ in our culture to get to know others of the opposite sex that was not employed in Biblical times.The Bible does not talk about "dating," but it does talk about relationships.Although the fall has marred the divine purpose and function of marriage, this definition reflects the God-ordained ideal for marriage from the beginning.

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by Scott Croft Before continuing with this column, please review the preamble included at the beginning of Scott's first article in this series, "Biblical Dating: An Introduction." * * * A promise is a promise.

Last time I appeared on this site, I said that I would lay out my position on biblical dating and then turn it over to all of you to determine the rest of the column's topics by your questions. As many of you will know from the Boundless blog, The Line, the last piece generated many posts and comments, from the challenging to the supportive, the general to the specific.

If you start dating prematurely, you could be hurting — rather than honoring — those you date.

When Becky was invited to lunch by a man she met at a bookstore, she was excited.

Question: I have been dating a wonderful man for two years.

We are both very serious and involved with our relationship and have spoken about marriage favorable.

However, today’s view of marriage seems to teach that marriage is based on your happiness and can be temporary.

I’m worried that I’m not prepared for how God wants me to view marriage. Answer: Before we dig into several aspects of marriage, it’s important to start with the Biblical definition of marriage.

Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.