Is it right for a Christian to date or marry a non-Christian?

 For a Christian, dating a non-Christian is unwise, and marrying one is not an option. Second Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) tells us not to be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever. The imagery is of two incompatible oxen sharing the same yoke. Instead of working together to pull the load, they would be working against each other. While this passage does not specifically mention marriage, it definitely has implications for marriage. The passage goes on to say that there is no harmony between Christ and Belial (Satan). There can be no spiritual harmony in a marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian. Paul goes on to remind believers that they are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, who inhabits their hearts at salvation (2 Corinthians 6:15-17). Because of that, they are to be separate from the world—in the world, but not of the world—and nowhere is that more important than in life’s most intimate relationship—marriage.

The Bible also says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ (1 Corinthians 15:33). Having any kind of intimate relationship with an unbeliever can quickly turn into something that is a hindrance to your walk with Christ. We are called to evangelize the lost, not be intimate with them. There is nothing wrong with building quality friendships with unbelievers, but that is as far as it should go. If you were dating an unbeliever, what would honestly be your priority, romance or winning a soul for Christ? If you were married to an unbeliever, how would the two of you cultivate a spiritual intimacy in your marriage? How could a quality marriage be built and maintained if you disagree on the most crucial issue in the universe—the Lord Jesus Christ?

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4 thoughts on “Is it right for a Christian to date or marry a non-Christian?

  1. I married a Christian widow with two girls while I was still a backslider–two boys and fifty happy years later and though she is in a retirement home with dementia I would marry her again in a heartbeat even knowing I would face a stroke and dementia. Ours has been story book marriage. I am now a subsitute Sunday School teacher

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  3. i am a christian, I believe in God’s word 100%. I am getting married wt a non-christian, & many ppl have brought that out to me. I read this & the thing that got to me was where it says ” If
    you were dating an unbeliever, what would
    honestly be your priority, romance or winning a
    soul for Christ?” how is that NOT possible? through this relationship my bg is going to church, & loving it, he is getting involved & wants to keep on going even when I go away for school. so, that’s how we can develope a spiritual intimacy wt God. how do you know that God isn’t using me to get to him.
    God bless u.

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