Put simply: If you are not ready for marriage, you shouldn’t date.
To make a wise decision in this regard, you need what the Bible calls “knowledge and thinking ability.” (Proverbs 1:4) It might be a good idea, then, to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of someone older.
But if you are a teenager, you are probably in what the Bible calls “the bloom of youth.” (1 Corinthians ) You are just beginning to blossom into the man or the woman that you will eventually be.
They can even lead to some form of fornication.* The fruits of fornication are bitter.
(1 Corinthians , 18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3) Avoiding premature dating will help you to heed this command.
When to Date This does not mean that you will never be able to date.
In fact, it is not unusual to see boys and girls kissing right in the hallways.”—Liana, a 10th-grade student. The media promote this practice as normal—as if it were harmless recreation.
“Lately, some of the boys at school have been asking me out or to be their girlfriend.”—Becky, 11 years old.* “Most of the kids in our school date.But what if you are not old enough to handle marriage?