Christian dating is something that more and more people are talking about, teens in particular.
From friendships to dating, teens understand that their faith should be very important, and instead of following the "norm" when it comes to dating, they are inflecting their faith into their relationships. The teen years, in particular, are tough for them because they are just starting to find their way and form relationships outside of the family. Dealing with issues such as sex and boundaries start to arise, and they find themselves having to deal with very adult issues. That is why finding a Christian partner is so important.
Christian dating is not so different from non-Christian dating when it comes to the basics, such as feeling physically and emotionally compelled toward the opposite sex.
But it is considerably more faith-based and, therefore, there are different rules to follow that Christians set for themselves. When taking a friendship beyond a certain level, there is a lot to consider. Knowing what you want and how you will resist temptation takes on a whole new meaning. Christian dating is based on building a productive relationship with God as well, so instead of just answering to yourself, your parents or the person you are dating, you are answering to Him as well.
Christians in general have a different attitude toward dating, although even among Christians there are differences.
Non-Christians see dating as something that is expected and a rite of passage, which brings them more maturity. Christian teens tend to see it as more of an honor and a way to build a life with someone once they are mature. Although certainly Christian teens date just as much as non-Christian teens, they tend to do so with less people and on a more serious level.
It is known among most Christian teens that God has more in store for a them then just jumping from one relationship to another.
Knowing what God expects of a Christian relationship offers a level of comfort when it comes to dating because two Christians should know these standards and try hard to adhere to them. These standards include not having sex until marriage and giving yourself to only one person for your entire life. Yet it is not about just following the "rules" of dating, but about living your life a certain way, which is so important when teens start dating.
Since Christian teens know that God means for them to marry one person, and although life sometimes gets in the way of that, it is not rare for Christian dating to consist of only seeing one person during or after high school and then marrying that person when they are ready.
It is also not uncommon for teens to refrain from dating at all until they are mature enough to follow God's rules for relationships and find that they are ready. Unlike non-Christians, more emphasis is also put on the friendships rather than just jumping into love. Finding the "right one" means something more than just finding a great date to the prom. It means finding the one that follows the beliefs that you have, and one that values you both as a person and as a Christian.