Purpose of dating is marriage
Today people often find second love; it’s not uncommon to start dating after divorce or to get married again.The idea of one great love does remain, but perhaps more so in fiction than fact.Roughly 40% of children being raised today are in a home without a father. Father absence causes increases in mental and behavioral disorders as well as criminal activity and substance abuse.But when children are raised in a healthy marriage, they get a front row seat to see and experience the lasting benefits of strong family.Increasingly people are moving away from the religious connotations attached to the church and service, choosing civil ceremonies and alternative venues.With the legalization of same-sex marriages in some states and countries, and not in others, and the acceptance of polygamous relationships in some religions and others not, the meaning is expandable and contextual.
It gives us a life partner, a teammate, as we move through the challenges of life together. We are under assault by temptation nearly every minute and from many directions.
The meaning of marriage has adapted alongside its purpose.