Those who ask this question are usually looking for guidelines regarding physical boundaries in dating.
However, intimacy is a much broader issue than physicality.
We live in a society that puts more effort into extravagant one-day weddings than preparing to be a wife forever. It’s really easy to get distracted by the idea of being a beautiful bride who is the center of attention.
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In her new book, Why are Christian women today ashamed to admit that they want to get married? For me, a lot of it stemmed from embarrassment that it hadn’t happened.
I was wondering if there was something wrong with me, because I hadn’t had any dates to speak of.
If proper boundaries are not established, increasing intimacy can have some undesirable results – such as feelings of abuse or betrayal following a break-up, loss of appropriate personal boundaries without a commensurate commitment, and beginning to become one before the couple actually belongs to one another.