The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.

We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they've encountered despite their best intentions.

Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.

Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.

As you know, there are some Christians who believe that any dating is inappropriate.

It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.

Psalms 46:5 - God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early. Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

Topics and verses are auto-generated from user searches.Song of Solomon 2:7 - I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake [my] love, till he please.Genesis - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Proverbs - Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.1 Corinthians - Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them. 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.