In a dating relationship, there is little or no accountability for the couple as well as limited interaction with family members.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought.
Although the termination of a courtship is likely to be painful — which can lead to bitterness — it can be avoided.
While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.
If, during the courtship, one or both parties realise that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.
Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.
(Proverbs 3:5-7) Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.This oblivious self-centeredness can lead only to dissatisfaction, promoting an attitude of lust (taking what I want) rather than the Scriptural attitude of love (giving unselfishly to others).Consequently, dating opens the door to many temptations.Dating tries to answer the question: How can I find the one who will make me happy?Courtship strives to answer the question: How can I honour God and discern His direction regarding my life partner?Wikipedia defines dating as a part of the human mating process whereby two people meet socially for companionship, beyond the level of friendship, or with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.