Does unequally yoked apply dating
(Also see: Eph 5:6-8,11) Several things can be taken from this: we (Christians) are declared "righteous" and unbelievers "unrighteous." Christians are "light," and unbelievers are "darkness." Christian's bodies are the "temple" of God, unbelievers bodies are not.Unbelievers are called "infidels" and "unclean." This concept of being "unequally yoked" goes back to the Old Testament.Plus, when you throw in children, and how to raise them, it becomes even worse. Also, keep in mind that once you ARE married, divorce is not an option.A believer is not to leave an unbeliever (although an unbeliever can leave) (1 Cor -16). Anything that might come ahead of God we are to avoid. if a person is a non-Christian, God is obviously not first in his/her life, right?
There are a number of examples in the Bible of God's people entering into a relationship with idolaters and it going badly. (1 Kin 11:1-10) talks about how Solomon had married many pagan (unbelieving) wives, and as a result, "when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God..." (1 Kin 11:4)(Also see: Neh -27).
A pretty clear case can be made from the Bible that it is unwise to date a non-Christian.
However, when the subject turns to marriage, the Bible is very clear that a Christian should not marry a non-Christian.
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.