Difference of dating and courting
It seems that you can’t mention the word “courtship” without including Ellen White, and you can’t date without picking up some secular ideas.So let’s drop the terms and just focus on what everyone is talking about anyway: behavior.Can I choose the guy I want to marry or wait for God’s perfect will? The word courtship seems to be a foreign concept in the majority of the Body of Christ. Courtship is a commitment to honor God as you seek a life partner and to protect both individuals in the process of confirming God’s will.It focuses on obedience to the principles of God’s Word and the fulfillment of His plan in the lives of the man and woman.Dating and courting are basically the same thing—just different terms.
Many men like to feel they're leading the way, even if you know you secretly have the upper-hand. In more conservative circles, pastors and parents act as matchmakers.
"Dating" is viewed as more casual and usually wrapped up in a simple series of romantic encounters (both emotional and physical).
Before we get into this though, we've gotta throw out the reminder that if your parents have told you that they do not want you to date yet, then you must respect their rules.
In the dating world, this means socially interacting with someone you are interested, which could include going out to dinner, attending parties together and so on.
It is a casual way of getting to know someone on a personal level and deciding if you want to form a relationship. The purpose of courtship is to determine a couple’s readiness for marriage and to discern the will of God for a covenant marriage not contract.