Assuming that dating is appropriate under certain conditions, the next question is, “Does the Bible forbid dating an unbeliever?
” I think we can all agree that the Bible forbids the Christian from marrying an unbeliever.
I suspect that this would be an inferential conclusion, and thus would have to be considered a matter of personal conviction, rather than as a clear biblical prohibition.
One could certainly ask, “If a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever, why would they ever date one? I think one can have a friendship relationship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, without entering into a dating relationship.
Luke - I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.1 Timothy 2:4 - Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Mark - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
The short answer is "no." However, it is good to examine the scripture behind the answer to understand it more completely, including why such a marriage is a bad idea.
The usual answer given the believer is from 2 Corinthians: Do not be bound together [unequally yoked] with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Romans 8:7 - Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.I think it is true that our young people date too young, and that many dating situations are unwise in that they create unnecessary temptations and, even if nothing wrong takes place, a couple’s actions may give the appearance of evil.Many of the dating and personal relationship safeguards of years gone by seem to have been cast aside.As you know, there are some Christians who believe that any dating is inappropriate.It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.2 Corinthians - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? 2 John -11 - If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: 1 Corinthians - Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.Matthew - He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.1 Corinthians - But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.( In these verses, the Apostle Paul compares believers with unbelievers in terms of light with darkness (verse 14), Christ with Belial (a references to Satan, verse 15), a believer with an unbeliever (verse 15), and a temple of God with a temple of idols (verse 16). Even though you may think you have a lot in common, the most important things you don't hold in common.The Bible, especially the New Testament, warns Christians to avoid idolatry.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.