Unequally yoked and dating rules for dating over 40
Is it likely that an unbelieving boyfriend or girlfriend will spiritually benefit from an unequally yoked relationship? Someone who has been changed by the indescribable measure of Jesus’ grace should have different goals than someone who hasn’t.The truth is I don’t think so and it actually might be selfish of us as believers to think so. As believers, our lives should be marked by our ultimate purpose of building God’s kingdom. But yes, avoiding being "unequally yoked" is an excellent biblical principle. Paul advised the Christians at Corinth to avoid entering significant relationships, such as marriage, with unbelievers.As those who have been there can attest, raising the next generation of Christians is simply tougher when one parent is dragging his heels or openly balking. I've seen praiseworthy spouses watch their mates come around to faith. Genuine interfaith marriage is a challenge I don't recommend.Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
Question: "What does it mean to be unequally yoked?them” refrain that neglects the spiritual well-being of everyone involved.In other words, instead of painting the unbelieving partner as the evil scoffer that impresses weak Christians to backslide, grow complacent or leave Christ altogether, have we ever stopped to consider that they, like us, are beloved souls in need of God’s grace?You’d recognize that familiar “I met someone” starry-eyed glow anywhere. He gets along so well with my family, and he respects me.
I’m really happy, and it’s getting pretty serious.” It’s a conversation I’ve had a few times. Being the inquisitor I am, my probing eventually lands on the catch: “He’s not a Believer but…” There’s always a “but,” isn’t there?
When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them.