A sampling of opinions reveals a variety of definitions, with seemingly no two alike.
In the simplest form, a date is merely a set time agreed upon by two people to engage in an activity.
Does this sound like a fairytale—a children’s bedtime story? This is because modern society is shot full of wrong education, misinformation, hollow opinions, pop psychology, ignorance, bad advice—or no advice—all of which virtually prevents young people from having any hope for true happiness in marriage.
The following are revealing statistics, trends and facts derived from census data, and what sociologists, psychologists, marriage planners/counselors and others report.
Even if both were serious, and technically courting from this point (this is often the case today after just Also, because it sounds too “official” and “old-fashioned,” teenagers today rarely even use the term “dating.” The idea of a date—when a man formally asks a woman, for instance, if she would accept an engagement for dinner—is nearly non-existent.
Many simply slip or tumble into dating situations, seemingly not caring how this happens, or even consider in order to successfully date—and be able to eventually move on to the more serious courtship and pursuit of marriage.
There are many manuals available, written from the human perspective, on how to date, court and find a mate.
And there seems to be no end of sociologists, psychologists, marriage counselors and others considered to be experts, who are only too willing to offer what are no more than the —over whether homosexual partners should be granted marriage licenses. President and his allies are pursuing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
If dating and courtship were practiced correctly today, they would form the foundation of a beautiful relationship between a husband and wife as God ordained it.
The two would spend a lifetime together enjoying much happiness and joy.
If parents neglect the proper rearing of their children, or if children do not obey their parents, the effects could be poor performance in school, drug addiction, criminal conduct or worse. Just as speeding can result in a ticket, whether the driver knew the speed limit or not, so those who break the laws of God reap penalties, whether they know they are violating specific laws or not.?
WHY has mankind never been able to solve these and other great problems?
But God is calling—and working with—a small number of people, whom He is training for a very special purpose.