So basically, I've been thinking a lot lately about the whole 'courting not dating' thing among conservative Christians, and I'm sort of curious.
Why exactly is it bad to have a boyfriend/girlfriend before you're ready to get married?
I'm not asking because I'm planning to get a boyfriend anytime soon. Or because I would like to get a boyfriend before I'm ready to get married.
Obviously, I believe you should stay completely pure before you're ready to get married.
But in some ways, if it's not an impure relationship, how is it any different than just a different type of friend?
I'm not even asking this because I think it's ok. I'm just wondering why people feel this way. Why do you think it's wrong to date if you're not ready for marriage?
I know that of course if it's like most romantic relationships in this world, it ends up being impure, etc., and of course that's obvious to me why you shouldn't do it.
But if it's just a different kind of friend, and nothing ever comes of it, is it still wrong?
The more I write about it the more ridiculous it sounds to even be wondering this, but I still want to know what people think. If you have a reason, do you have biblical grounds for it?