Believers dating unbelievers
When we were dating, my boyfriend was always a bit too quiet about his faith for my tastes, but knowing that I more openly discuss my faith than most people my age (and knowing that in every aspect of life he is a very quiet person) I tried to be understanding, whether that was a poor choice or not.I knew he should be more open about it, and I tried to work on improving our spiritual discussions.
The Bible, especially the New Testament, warns Christians to avoid idolatry.An unbeliever who practices Christian-like morality is going to be attractive to a Christian.However, the chances that such a person will become a Christian, allowing the Christian to marry him/her is statistically remote.I truly believe that throughout college, his faith has slowly disappeared, and I don't think he was necessarily lying about what he thought before we entered the relationship, but at this point, I suppose he doesn't have faith at all.I just told him that based on current circumstances, though I love him very much, I know it would not be right for us to marry.I have received a few emails from Christians (and even one from a non-Christian) asking if it is okay for a Christian to date or marry an unbeliever.
Usually, by the time the question is asked, the relationship has gone far enough that a negative answer is going to be difficult to accept, even if it is the right answer.
Part of Speech: noun masculine A Related Word by Thayers/Strongs Number: from the root of zeugnumi (to join, especially by a "yoke") Citing in TDNT: 6, 301 Strong's G2218 ζυγός zugos dzoo-gos' From the root of ζεύγνυμι zeugnumi (to join, especially by a "yoke"); a coupling, that is, (figuratively) servitude (a law or obligation); also (literally) the beam of the balance (as connecting the scales): - pair of balances, yoke.
I've been in a long-distance relationship for three years, and I am engaged.
A "yoke" was a farm implement that bound two animals together so that they could work together as a team.
Modern translations remove the "yoke" and translate the intent of the verse, warning believers, "Do not be bound together with unbelievers." Does this apply to marriage?
The Bible is clear that a Christian is never to marry a non-Christian.