Dating without any reference to marriage is as dangerous as shooting a gun without any reference to a target.
Genesis 2:18-25 gives us the context for intimacy between a man and a woman, it is marriage. Do not decontextualize the intimacy of marriage and place it in dating. Courtship should correspond to marriage the way a Nerf gun corresponds to a handgun, there will be similarities, but they are drastically different.
Please don’t carry the analogy too far though. Dating may be the Nerf gun, but it is still serious. Be faithful with the lesser Nerf gun of dating, and you will be prepared to be faithful with the real gun of holy matrimony. Date with purpose, not for leisure. A marriage that expounds the mystery of Christ and His Church is the target – AIM!