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.
Even though it is an Ancient Book, the Bible remains up -to-date and completely relevant for us today. It has survived the examination of critics, it is truly the world's greatest book! "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable..." (II Timothy )Of course the Bible does include the writings of many different men spanning across time.
Looking at many other early writings for instance those in Babylon, Persia, Egypt and other early civilizations are composed of sheer nonsense and primitive superstition. The reason for the Bible's greatness lies in its unique authorship... It openly claims that each author wrote only as he was moved by the one divine author, the holy sprit. The Bible can be trusted in its history as well as its moral & spiritual teaching.
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?
Paul gives specific instruction to believers who are married to unbelievers—stay together!Dating a non-Christian is also problematic, for similar reasons.Those who marry an unbeliever prior to converting to Christianity are encouraged to stay with the unbeliever unless they leave.The samples were presumably found in Shumla Cave No. Radiocarbon dating shows that the calibrated 14C age of the weighted mean of the two individual dated samples corresponds to the calendric time interval 3780–3660 BC (one sigma significance).Alkaloid extraction yielded approximately 2% of alkaloids."Missionary dating" often results in years of conflict and usually ends in broken hearts.There is a special case where a person marries an unbeliever while himself/herself are, likewise, an unbeliever, and only later to become a believer.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?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.(Lem.) Coulter, from the collection of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, was subjected to radiocarbon dating and alkaloid analysis.