Some parents may feel comfortable allowing a mature, responsible seventeen- or eighteen-year-old to go out on individual dates.
It's their call, of course, but here again we believe it's crucial that mom and dad know their child's dating partner and his or her parents well.
But before anyone can get married they have to go through the process of getting to know a person and pursuing love for them (at least if you practice the Western tradition of pursuing marriage).
It’s also hard, excruciating, joyful, hurtful, and incredibly fulfilling — at least this is what married people tell me, and from watching them, I believe it.
When it comes to Christian dating, you live according to a different standard – God’s. There are some solid reasons why God asks us to live a certain way, and dating is no different.
If you're looking for answers here, then you're already well on your way to learning how God wants you to handle relationships with the opposite sex.
We've compiled some of the most common dating questions here and will definitely be adding more as we write them, but if you have a more specific question about relationships and situations in your life, please feel free to send us your question through our Q&A page.
I do not intend to defend a certain set of rules, or refute any.
Neither will I pretend like I have the best advice, since I am not even married.
Be sure to read what we have to say in the articles below though; your question may already have been answered!