This same truth is variously expressed in Scripture: "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own. Since a daughter is, by the grace of God, always under authority--there being a transfer at marriage from a father's to a husband's--daughters are "Daddy's" uniquely.While he must raise his sons to be loving husbands and fathers who make houses possible, he raises his daughters to be submissive, godly wives and wise mothers, to make houses homes.
The main requirement is that the potential date has some qualities that the father hates in people, and this motivates the daughter to love her date more.Usually a comedy trope, could be a love trope, can lead to a Parental Marriage Veto if the character lasts more than one scene/episode.I define courtship as the discovery of a life-partner for a daughter under the direct oversight of the father. The Christian worldview, informed by Scripture, functions as our spectacles.Any man seeking to beg, borrow or steal a daughter's hand without her father's endorsement is seeking to gain, in unlawful ways, "property" not his own. So call it "authoritative stewardship." But for many, this is not much better. This courtship stuff may be nice (up to a point), and I agree that dating is unwise, riddled as it is with temptations--but hold it a minute there, sister! Through the Bible, we see the world as it is; and no part of life is exempt from God's governance.The answer is matchless: That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful savior Jesus Christ. Yet some would seek to use this concession by arguing, "What if God tells the girl to do something that her father doesn't approve of?
What if, for example, the LORD reveals to her, through various signs and feelings, that she is to marry a particular man?Wouldn't God's will for the girl supersede her earthly, mortal, imperfect father's will? As strange as it may sound, in the peculiar relationship of the father and daughter, God, as it were, takes a back seat.God has created a hierarchy such that the daughter is directly answerable to her father, and her father then answers to God.God has given the daughter to the father so he can raise her in the fear and admonition of the Lord, protect her from harm and want, protect her from other men, and sometimes, protect her from herself, even from foolish decisions she might make on her own.Numbers 30 provides help in understanding God's view of the father/daughter relationship.The father then hears of this vow, and on the day he hears of it, forbids her, saying, "No, Miriam, you may not do temple service on the 15th of Adar; we have to visit our relatives in Be'er Sheva that weekend." And the LORD will forgive her because her father had forbidden her.