Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

Dating is a relationship that is formed before marriage between a man and a woman for the purpose of finding the right spouse. Although the Bible does not specifically talk about dating, it does give clearly understood principles that, as in every area of life, should be applied and followed throughout the dating relationship. The purpose of dating, however, is often misunderstood. Contrary to contemporary belief, dating is not a social recreation purely for one’s pleasure. God said in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Thus the dating relationship is for the purpose of finding a life-long mate, the one that completes the other. If one is not ready to be married, one should not be dating (which is one of several reason why teenagers should not be dating). Dating is a time for the couple to get to know one another on a deeper level than the casual acquaintance or even friend. During this time they share their likes and dislikes, dreams and goals, and most importantly their faith.

This area of faith is the most important area of discussion between a couple. II Corinthians 6:14 is one of several verses that tells us believers should not enter into a close relationship with an unbeliever. There is more involved in the concept of not being unequally yoked than just salvation, however. God puts much importance on doctrine in His word. (Proverbs 4:2; Isaiah 28:9, 29:24; Mark 4:2; John 7:17; Acts 2:42; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; I Timothy 4:13 and 16, 6:3 II Timothy 3:16, 4:2; Titus 2:1; II John 1:9-10) Sure, even the closest couples are bound to disagree on something, but a strong couple will agree on Major, foundational doctrines.One that is on fire for the Lord and serving fervently must use caution in getting seriously involved with someone that is very immature in their spirituality.

An excerpt from Defending The Faith Through Counseling  by Nelson T. Newman