While many start off with intentions of finding a godly partner, with each passing year the waiting feels longer and the hoping gets harder.

the bible and dating unbelievers-77

Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter.

Now, I get emails from singles across the country looking for guidance on who and how to date.

Email your questions to [email protected]] I’m dating a woman and I really like her. She’s an incredible person who teaches me so much and is kind and everything you’d hope for in a mate, but she just doesn’t buy into Jesus. And before you start getting all nervous that I’m about to drop the axe on this sweet thing you’ve got going, know that I’m not about to tell you to break up immediately. Can a Christian and a non-Christian date, fall in love, be genuinely happy, get married and do great things for the world? There are countless follower/non-follower relationships that would be viewed as phenomenal by any standard.

So here’s the question, what do you make of a Christian dating a non-Christian? Instead, I’m going to give you three different perspectives: “Yes, date her! Additionally, it is possible for you to follow Jesus and bear fruit throughout your life even if your dating relationship isn’t rooted in Christ. But somewhere, at some point, you’re going to realize that you are building a life on two different foundations.

And because the Bible doesn't specifically warn against a non-believer (more on this later), you’re OK in regard to a sinful behavior that needs to be avoided. Now, I’m not saying this because inherent in her unbelief is some immoral compass that will lead you down a path of sin and debauchery. As a Christian, your life is built on a desire to trust and follow Jesus to the ends of the earth.

For her, well, I don’t know what her foundation is—and maybe she doesn’t either.

We really want this verse (or any verse) to be all about dating and marriage to a non-Christian because it would make this whole conversation a lot easier.

But because there isn’t a clear Biblical mandate, and because there is wisdom in both of the aforementioned “Yes! ” camps, you’ve got to do something to break the stalemate: intensely, seriously, pray.

Or they come in and feel like they don’t know God anymore because they’ve ignored their faith for so long—it was just easier to stop caring than battle with someone they love who doesn’t love God.

Henry, both of these scenarios are distinct possibilities for you if you move forward with this relationship.

" Answer: For a Christian, dating a non-Christian is unwise, and marrying one is not an option.