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What does the Bible say about dating? Are Christian teens allowed to date?

We get so many questions about dating, relationships, girlfriends and boyfriends, physical intimacy, and the whole list of awkward sex questions. And that's totally okay by us because we're glad you're looking for biblical answers to these questions rather than trying to figure out the whole dating thing on your own or basing your actions on what the world tells you to do (2 Peter 2:20). If you're looking for answers here, then you're already well on your way to learning how God wants you to handle relationships with the opposite sex.

We've compiled some of the most common dating questions here and will definitely be adding more as we write them, but if you have a more specific question about relationships and situations in your life, please feel free to send us your question through our Q&A page. Be sure to read what we have to say in the articles below though; your question may already have been answered!

The Ones About Dating

Dating or courting or whatever you want to call it can be a great way to solidify an already super strong friendship if your parents have given their blessing, God is at the center, and you are both ready to step it up. If you want to shoot for a lifelong, God-honoring union with your best friend, then that is when you know it's time to start a romance (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5).

When in doubt, ask God for guidance and be prepared to trust and obey Him. God loves us, and He does not want us to fail in life. But that sometimes means that He will not give us what we want when we want it because He knows the positive or negative results of our truest desires. Sometimes He will say "no" or "not now"; keep that in mind as you seek guidance from the Holy Spirit in your friendships and other relationships.

Remember Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." God sees the bigger picture and knows what is best for you at this point in your life.

By: Catiana Nak Kheiyn

Cat is the web producer and editor of 412teens.org and loves to write novellas with local young writers at her workshops. She also contributes at GotQuestions.org, Blogos.org, and GQkidz.org. When Catiana is not writing or hanging out with teens, she loves spending time with her two kids, five socially awkward cats, and her amazing friend-amily.

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