One glance at the numerous books about love, dating, and marriage suggests that we're making a lot of this up as we go along.
Of course, there are biblical principles that are essential in dating.
Once they've done that, God increases his sustaining presence.
I'm not saying that God doesn't have a will regarding your dating life.
The good news is that most men don't have a problem with this.
But the Bible does not promise that God will provide a loving relationship for you while you sit around and do nothing.
Dating as a socially accepted means of finding a mate has been around for less than a century.
Before that, strict courtship rituals governed the path to marriage.
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer addresses this issue in a wedding sermon he wrote for his sister from a Nazi jail cell.
He says that God joins the relationship between a man and a woman at the point of marriage.
The church has reached a difficult crossroads when it comes to pre–marriage romance.