One of our bedrock governing principles in biblical dating — and in how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ generally — is not to "defraud" our single brothers and sisters by implying a greater level of commitment between us and them than actually exists (see 1 Thessalonians 4:6).I discuss this principle more fully in "Principles for Drawing Boundaries" and "What Does a Biblical Relationship Look Like?I don't know whether you've noticed this, but people involved in a dating relationship tend to get to know each other better over the course of that relationship.
I think it does, even if the physical circumstances are different.
As to emotional intimacy, we live in the age of email, free long distance and unlimited any-time minutes, and cheap flights.
It’s a tricky question, knowing when it’s the perfect time to get engaged.
When you announce your engagement to the world, the goal is for people to be happy and excited, rather than thinking ‘about bloody time, it’s been literally decades’, or, even worse, ‘Wait, who’s the bloke holding the ring box in the photo?
A massive 89% of us move into a shared flat or house together before we get married, which seems pretty sensible (how else are you supposed to check whether they’ve got a secret Joe Mc Eldrey fandom going on) but is a big cultural shift.