1. The Motive Is Different
There are differences when it comes to biblical courtship and modern dating, particularly related to motive.
When it comes to Biblical courtship, the true motive is finding a spouse. The reason you are dating a particular man or woman is because you believe this relationship will lead to marriage.
When it comes to modern dating, often, marriage isn’t the true goal, or dating can occur without marriage in mind.
It is socially acceptable to date “just for fun” and do so casually; alongside developing emotional and physical relationships with people you have no intention of marrying. We do not see examples of recreational dating throughout the Bible because this is not a form of Biblical dating.