If you begin spending a lot of time with someone of the opposite sex in person, on the phone, or even through letter writing or E-mail, the attraction will likely grow. Are you really prepared to take those feelings to their logical conclusion—marriage? ” (Proverbs ) Far too often, premature dating leads to premarital sex, exposing youths to the possibilities of out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.
(1 Thessalonians 4:4-6) Young Tammy, for example, thought her parents were being unfair when they would not allow her to date. Soon, though, Tammy was pregnant—and her life was changed.
Dangerous Feelings “My parents make it seem like there is something wrong with liking someone,” complains 14-year-old Beth.
However, if your parents are Christians, they well know that God designed the sexes to be attracted to each other.
Now she confesses: “Dating is not all that it’s cracked up to be.” But what if a young couple carefully avoid inappropriate contact?