When they sinned (Gen.3: 7), they lost their "innocence." Sin was now in them and in the world.They and their descendents could no longer exist with their nakedness uncovered before others. But for most, the issue of dating involves "romantic attraction and desire." Therefore "dating" must be approached by what the Scripture says regarding romantic desire and marriage, the only relationship in which romantic desire is to be fully expressed. If "dating" is defined as two single friends of the opposite sex doing things together for fun without any attraction or romantic desire or intimacy involved at all, there is no issue to discuss regarding dating. The Bible describes and gives directions concerning friendship.Proverbs gives several characteristics of friends and friendships.Prov.17: 17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” Prov.18: 24 says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov.27: 6 says, “When a friend rebukes you, that rebuke can be trusted.” Prov.27: 9 says, “The pleasantness of having a friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Prov.27: 10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.” These verses bring out the fact that the Lord blesses friendship and encourages us to develop them.Marriage can be a beautiful thing, but yet challenging.
This sexual union is an intimate experience that is both emotional and physical. The "nakedness" of human beings was part of marriage and not to be exposed or viewed outside of the context of marriage after the fall.
And, sometimes it is more accurate than we would like to admit.
Anita, a nine year old girl, had this to say: "It's better for girls to be single but not for boys.
In marriage, romantic/emotional and physical intimacy has several purposes: (1) to express love and pleasure between a husband and wife (Prov.-19, Song of Songs), (2) to become emotionally and physically united as husband and wife (Gen. Gen. indicates that Adam and Eve were married and were naked and felt no shame (no disgrace or humiliation).
The reason that they felt no shame was because they were "innocent." They had no sin in them, nor was their sin in the world.