Scripture on dating unbelievers
They also have much to say about those with whom we should not associate.For example, we should not associate with one who is a gossip (), or with one who is given to anger (), or with one who is given to change ().For more study on this check out lesson 12 on choosing a godly mate in our series on the book of Proverbs on our web site.It seems to me that one should not date anyone whom Proverbs tells us not to associate with, and that one should consider dating only those who possess the qualities of a good friend (or of a potential life’s mate).According to the scriptures, relationships are very important, and faith does matter.After all, faith lays the foundation for your world-views, and world-views will control how you see and respond to the world, and that includes relationships.I would raise another set of standards, which are given to us in the Book of Proverbs.The Proverbs speak of those with whom we should associate (i.e., the wise).
Proverbs sets a very high standard for those with whom we should associate as friends, and surely this standard should not be lowered for those whom one would date.2 Corinthians - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? 1 Corinthians - Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.2 Corinthians -16 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? 2 Timothy - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.1 Corinthians - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].Deuteronomy 7:3-4 - Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.The Bible is clear that Christians should not have close friendships with non-Christians.
But what does the Bible teach about dating and marriage? Is it a sin for a Christian to date a non-Christian?It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.