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"The best religious predictor of being happy in a relationship is praying together as a couple," said Brad Wilcox, who authored a recent analysis on minority couples and religion, to Christianity Today.
"Taking your faith directly into the domestic sphere seems to reap real benefits for black and Latino couples." Earlier studies support his conclusion, showing that joint prayer enables couples to focus on shared needs, rather than individual concerns.
However, the Bible does describe three kinds of relationships with the opposite sex and gives certain characteristics of each relationship (there are others such as parent/child and sibling, but they don't clarify the issues of dating).
One kind of relationship the Bible describes is friendship.
Also, in our culture, through "dating" people will often find a life partner and marry.
How men and women view a "date" and "dating" can have a profound effect on their future.
How can you be sure that he is really working late when he doesn’t come home until ?
Can you trust him to value your feelings even when he doesn’t understand you?
But for most, the issue of dating involves "romantic attraction and desire." Therefore "dating" must be approached by what the Scripture says regarding romantic desire and marriage, the only relationship in which romantic desire is to be fully expressed.