Let's start with the second of those commandments, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Already we have entered into distinctly Christian territory.
A principal motive when you are on a date, whether you are a man or a woman, is to be concerned for the other person's well-being.
The other commandment, the greatest one, is that we are to love God in everything.
Therefore, the goal or purpose of dating is the same as everything else: to glorify God and enjoy him. We must shun sexual sin, since our bodies are temples of the Lord (1 Cor. Since God forbids us to marry non-Christians (see 1 Cor. To date a non-Christian is to start down a road towards a destination we must not arrive at; it is flirting with disobedience and tragedy and is born of an unwillingness to honor the Lord.
" Whenever I get a question like that I'm not quite sure how I should respond.
My experience is that for many of us, the most valuable advise deals with things not specific to the Bible: brush your teeth, dress nicely, be on time, don't talk the whole time, take her to a decent restaurant.
" The answer is "Nothing." There is no chapter on dating; there is no dating psalm; and Song of Solomon is strictly off-limits for all single people!
You have anxieties, hopes, fears, likes and dislikes.
However, I think the questioner has something else in mind.
We might state the question this way: "What does the Bible say about dating?
A woman is not told to submit to a boyfriend, yet if she is dating a man she does not respect, whom she would not gladly honor in marriage, whose spiritual leadership is not beneficial to her, it is probably a good question why she is going on a date with him.
Just as Eve was given to Adam to be a helper (see Gen. Help make the conversation move forward, help him to act in a godly manner by the way you dress and act, help him if he feels nervous or awkward, as is often the case, help him by prayer for God to bless this man you are willing to go out with on a date.
" Remember, too, that there are other people involved than just the two of you on a date.