Rather, on average, "Relative to cohabitations formed between 19, cohabitations formed from 1995–1999, 2000–2004, and 2005 and later were 13%, 49%, and 87%, respectively, more likely to dissolve than remain intact.
The lower risk of marriage over remaining intact occurred only for the last two cohabitation cohorts (2000–20 and later), which were about 18% and 31% less likely to marry than remain intact, respectively." Moving in together is becoming less and less likely to lead to having a future together.
(See Proverbs 3:5–7.) Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.
It is a choice to not emotionally give away your heart, piece by piece, to many others through casual dating relationships and instead to give your whole heart to your life partner.
If, during the courtship, one or both parties realize that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
Many Christians see dating as little more than friendship and maintain the friendship aspect of their dating until both people are ready to commit to each other as potential marriage partners.
First and foremost, dating is a time when a Christian finds out if his or her potential marriage partner is also a believer in Christ.
As young adults put off marriage until later in life, cohabitation has inhabited much of the space that used to be made up of married couples.The Bible warns us that believers and unbelievers should not marry each other, because those living in the light (of Christ) and those living in the darkness cannot live in harmony (2 Corinthians -15).As stated before, during this time there should be little or no physical contact, as this is something that should wait until marriage (1 Corinthians -20).Although there are some relationships that involve some feelings to be felt between the two individuals, this is not necessarily a criterion for a relationship to occur.Examples of this would include a relationship between an employer and an employee or a relationship between a doctor and his patient.