In this chapter we’re going to look at the godly way to find a husband or wife.We’ll contrast the modern dating culture with godly dating practices.

God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis for us!

Marriages are not only a basis for happiness, they offer us longer and better-quality lives.

They are also the building blocks of communities, societies and, ultimately, civilizations. Though the Bible gives no specific age when dating is appropriate, wise parents will teach their maturing children sound biblical principles that will help them follow God’s standards of behavior.

A society is only as strong as its marriages and families. Parents should determine when their children are ready to date based on their maturity and readiness to accept responsibility for their actions.

It then may proceed to the next level if both individuals are prepared and willing.

Let’s begin with young people who are ready to start dating socially.

Teaching young people God’s standards before allowing them to date may sound terribly old-fashioned and restrictive.

The foundation for a good marriage is laid long before the wedding ceremony. Before parents allow dating, they should teach and encourage their children to follow biblical standards rather than turning them loose to do whatever comes naturally.

When we first begin dating, it should be for the purpose of social development-that is, learning about the opposite sex and the many differences in human personality, values and temperament.

When we have our educations and an established career, we are ready to date more seriously toward marriage.

Of course, even dating for marriage often begins on a social basis of getting to know another person.