And breaking God’s laws is disastrous for people of all ages.
To understand the difference between God’s way and the world’s, consider the dating practices common in Western countries.
When we have our educations and an established career, we are ready to date more seriously toward marriage.
Of course, even dating for marriage often begins on a social basis of getting to know another person.
Sadly, most don’t know the price they will pay for such conduct.
No responsible parent would put his or her adolescent child in an automobile in the middle of a busy highway without having given that child instruction on how to drive.
Dating in our world is not without its dangers either.
Without proper instruction, too many youth become promiscuous, contract sexually transmissible diseases, experience unwanted pregnancies and choose wrong paths that seem enjoyable and okay at the time but lead to untold anguish (Proverbs ).
Youth need instruction early as to why and how biblical values can protect them from such suffering.
They are also the building blocks of communities, societies and, ultimately, civilizations. Though the Bible gives no specific age when dating is appropriate, wise parents will teach their maturing children sound biblical principles that will help them follow God’s standards of behavior.