Intimacy and dating
The family, formed through the marriage covenant, is Gods plan for populating the earth with people who would love God and be loved by Him.
The primary purpose of the family is to nourish children and guide them spiritually so that they too come to understand and know the Lord Jesus Christ and the joy of life He brings.
Dating and Courtship Dating and premarital courtship as practiced in 20th-century America are entirely different from the process of mate selection in Bible days.
In ancient times dating and courtship were virtually nonexistent.
It is safe to say most of us today enjoy the freedom to date, court, and select ones lifelong spouse. The moral erosion of our culture has encouraged people to place an over-emphasis on physical attributes, appearance, and sexual attraction.
This has occurred to the neglect of focusing on important qualities such as integrity, purity, and commitment; all of which are needed to sustain a marriage and family.
Because dating and courtship did not exist then, neither Jesus, His disciples nor the authors of Scripture were led to specifically address these modern practices.
After the creation of mankind, God identified His creation as male and female with the capacity and basic need to unite, become one flesh (Genesis ).
Later, as adults, they, through a new family, will be able to establish another generation to serve and bring glory to God.