According to Christianity, youth who are dating should adhere to Christianity teachings when dating. Whereas these are rules that have been set by the church, there is no one to follow you and make sure that you are following them. You, as a Christian, should make a personal determination to adhere by the dating rules as per the Christianity teachings. At times, these rules will present challenges especially when two adults are dating. The faith that the two have will keep them going and enable them also to strictly watch the set guidelines when they are dating. Sometimes, churches will offer guidance and counseling specialist to be consulted by the youth who are dating. This guidance and counseling person will be appointed by the church members or sometimes anointed by the priest. Whichever the case, the person is trusted by the church and is expected to guide the youth appropriately. Some of the basic expectations when you are dating include the following.
1. Always Remain Truthful to Each other
The two dating youth are expected to always be truthful to each other. You are not expected to be dating another person on the side, yet you are lying to another. This basically means that it is wrong to be in two relationships. As a good Christian, you are expected to tell the other person the truth. If something is not working, then don’t waste time for the other person. Just tell him or her in a calm and acceptable way that you don’t love them.
2. Remain a Faithful Christian
This means that the two young people who are dating should continue attending church even when they are dating. In fact, they are encouraged to get more committed to church and not to disappear in sins of the world. This is so that the two remain faithful to God and always continue strengthening them not to lose faith.
3. Abstain Until You Tie the Knot
Christian youth are encouraged to abstain from sex until they are married officially. Christianity teaches that sex is not supposed to be enjoyed by people who are not married to each other, in this case, the girl is expected to maintain her virginity, and the man too is supposed to abstain completely until they get married officially.
4. Let the Parents Know you are dating
Christian youth are expected to disclose to their parents that they have fallen in love with someone. The parents will probably ask that you introduce the girl/boy and once they know him/her, they might request to meet the parents from the other family. This is just the formal way of Christian dating and also applies to other religions too.
5. Practice Patience
The dating youth are encouraged to practice patience when dating and therefore they should not rush things. They are encouraged to take time and learn each other. This, however, is not meant to encourage them to break up in case they realize otherwise. It is meant to make sure that they learn each other completely.
When Christians are dating, they are encouraged to read the bible and pray always. They are taught to believe that good partner comes from God.