However, the Bible does describe three kinds of relationships with the opposite sex and gives certain characteristics of each relationship (there are others such as parent/child and sibling, but they don't clarify the issues of dating).
One kind of relationship the Bible describes is friendship.
Friendship involves three foundational elements, commitment to fulfill the responsibility of a friend, care and concern for the welfare of your friend, and affection.
Song of Songs 1:2 says “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine.” Husbands and wives are to rejoice in each other’s love both romantically and sexually.A third relationship God describes in the Bible is marriage.Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman that binds them together for life.Of these three relationships, the Scriptures only speak of romantic attraction and desire being expressed in marriage.Song of Songs gives a beautiful picture of the feelings and expression of romantic desire and attraction.This liking involves a "friendship kind of" affection based often on personality and common likes and interests.A second kind of relationship is “brother-sister in Christ.” If we have accepted Christ as our Savior we have become children of God.When a Christian marries he or she is making a commitment to fulfill the responsibility God ordains for the husband or wife to fulfill.He or she is making a commitment to have care and concern for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental welfare of his or her marriage partner.Gen. says, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." This verse tells us that marriage involves the husband and wife severing ties of intimate relationships with parents to cleave to each other.It involves coming together into a permanent bond of unity.