While shocking, this is only the briefest thumbnail—a very tiny sampling—of all that could have been included.Take the time to consider the enormous implications of these statistics.Why do they only grow worse with the passing of time?

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Should “the people” decide who and what constitutes a marriage?

If so, then is it also human beings who should define the traditional means of selecting a mate pursuant to this goal? Its customs, beliefs, values, philosophies, traditions and practices are not of God.

Does this sound like a fairytale—a children’s bedtime story? This is because modern society is shot full of wrong education, misinformation, hollow opinions, pop psychology, ignorance, bad advice—or no advice—all of which virtually prevents young people from having any hope for true happiness in marriage.

The following are revealing statistics, trends and facts derived from census data, and what sociologists, psychologists, marriage planners/counselors and others report.

A sampling of opinions reveals a variety of definitions, with seemingly no two alike.

In the simplest form, a date is merely a set time agreed upon by two people to engage in an activity.

Even if both were serious, and technically courting from this point (this is often the case today after just Also, because it sounds too “official” and “old-fashioned,” teenagers today rarely even use the term “dating.” The idea of a date—when a man formally asks a woman, for instance, if she would accept an engagement for dinner—is nearly non-existent.

Many simply slip or tumble into dating situations, seemingly not caring how this happens, or even consider in order to successfully date—and be able to eventually move on to the more serious courtship and pursuit of marriage.

But, before we address this, the principle of If you drink too much alcohol, you will become intoxicated. If industry pollutes the environment, the result is contaminated air or water, or even the much-debated problem of global warming.