Dating according to the bible
What about a romantic relationship without moving toward marriage?
Isn't there another kind of relationship described in Scripture where a man and woman can share romantic intimacy with some physical intimacy without moving toward marriage? This kind of relationship does not exist in the Scriptures.
It means becoming physically intimate with each other as one flesh.
Marriage involves three elements, commitment, care and concern, and emotion.
When a Christian marries he or she is making a commitment to fulfill the responsibility God ordains for the husband or wife to fulfill.
He or she is making a commitment to have care and concern for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental welfare of his or her marriage partner.
Song of Songs 1:2 says “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine.” Husbands and wives are to rejoice in each other’s love both romantically and sexually.
This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.
A second kind of relationship is “brother-sister in Christ.” If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have become children of God.
Song of Songs -11 says "How delightful is your love my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice." Only in marriage may a man and woman enjoy expressing their romantic and sexual desires toward each other.
However, the Bible does describe three kinds of relationships with the opposite sex and gives certain characteristics of each relationship (there are others such as parent/child and sibling, but they don't clarify the issues of dating).