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Question

Do you know of any Bible verses pertaining to Christians dating non-Christians?

Answer

The Bible does not speak specifically of "dating" however, since dating is a process in our culture that two people use to find out if they would be compatible for marriage, and that the possibility of "falling in love" always exists in dating, therefore I believe the Bible has a very clear statement regarding dating:

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial [Satan]? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?" [2 Corinthians 6:14-16]

These verses are commonly applied to marriage, but actually apply to any spiritual endeavor.  Since marriage is one of the highest spiritual relationships we can have here on earth between people, "being married in Christ", then it would also fit dating.  A man and woman was designed and created by God to have a spiritual, physical, and emotional relationship.  A prime factor in the failure of marriages in our culture is the lack of spiritual relationship between a husband and wife. The Word of God says, "We love because he [Jesus] first loved us."  [1 John 4:19]  In other words, a married couple's "real" capacity to love one another, with a true and deep love comes only after they each have personally experienced the love of God through Jesus, which comes with our salvation.

What the Bible is clearly saying is that believers cannot marry unbelievers, therefore we are not to date an unbeliever, for one can easily find themselves getting involved in a love relationship and then violating God's clear command not to marry an unbeliever.  Another verse that comes to mind that lets us know God's command regarding marriage is, "A woman . . . is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord."  [1 Corinthians 7:39]  The context is speaking of a Christian woman whose husband dies, but the principle is the same, when Christians marry, they must marry a believer.

When a Christian marries an unbeliever, then they will find that they have two different directions in their lives, and as the Bible shows over and over in the Old Testament, that the unbeliever will drag down the believer into sin and will not promote a close walk with the Lord.

In addition, the Husband is to be the spiritual leader of the family, and how can that be if he is an unbeliever.  Likewise, the Bible tells us, "Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring." [Malachi 2:15]  God wants Christians marrying Christians because He wants godly children, children brought up to honor and adore Him.

To defy God's clear commands of Scripture will only bring problems in marriage, as many, many couples can attest to, who had married an unbeliever.  Often times, there is the temptation to marry an unbeliever because they "are so nice, or handsome, or lovely" and that we will "lead them to Christ" later.  This is again defying God's commands and usually ends up in misery and/or divorce.

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