Dating courtships then and now
(If they have respected and honoured each other's purity, they often remain as friends.) If they discern a call to marriage, they continue to grow in preparation for that wonderful vocation.
The stakes are high in a courtship because a couple is exploring marriage from the very outset of their romantic relationship, but it is also makes them more honest.
In courtship, both the man and woman are aware of the importance of the decision they are making, regarding marriage.
It is an exclusive relationship, in that one chooses to enter into courtship with only one person at a time.
If a couple discerns that marriage is not their calling, they end the courtship relationship.
There are no mind games – trying to figure out if the other person is serious or just playing with your emotions.
Therefore, you should not enter into a courtship until you are of an age and stage in life when marriage is a realistic possibility for you.