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How do our religion and our fathers regard dating?

Our religion and our fathers have taught us that marriage is very good, blessed, and honored. Dating falls some notches below sin, but certainly paves the path to "lust" and "fornication". Many dating couples would reject this statement and defend themselves by saying: "but we are not doing anything bad". However, the "bad" is instigated by the emotional and romantic exposure that is a step away from lust, fornication, and sin. Besides, it usually does not result in marriage. Dating has no real goals and no true commitments. It usually prompts the youth to multiple dating simultaneously, in search of the right person, which is very wrong.
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