Now I am going to say something shocking: Orthodox Christians are not always the most Christ-like people you know.(I probably didn’t surprise anyone.) Good people are good people no matter where you find them.That word, “dating,” has killed more potentially wonderful relationships than any other word in contemporary English.“Dating” is a cultural construct defined by popular culture, chiefly movies and TV.Some lucky few have relationships with parents or spiritual mentors that are close enough and mature enough to provide some guidance and advice in the search for a mate. Even if they do ask for advice or guidance from a priest or parent or other responsible person, many young people are merely seeking confirmation for what they already feel or think or lust for.
People with these qualities or who are seeking these qualities will help you develop these qualities.
Sex, even “great” sex, is a normal part of life for married Christians; but, and here is the irony for our culture, great sex is the byproduct of Christ-like loving and giving in the context of a life-long relationship.
Feeling sexually attracted to someone you hardly know is certainly no way to determine if someone will make a good wife or husband.
Hang out with good people and you will become a better person.
Second, don’t differentiate between “dating” and hanging out, at least not in the early and middle stages of a relationship that may be leading to marriage.