Unequally yoked and dating
Was Paul suggesting that members of the Corinthian Church congregation could not and should not marry other members of the congregation? He was very specific: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with ." Were they all spiritually converted? Could a spiritually-minded Corinthian marry a carnal-minded Corinthian? Are not all "believers" spiritual-minded and all "unbelievers" carnally-minded?Let's back up to Paul's first epistle to these same Corinthians: Remember that the word "ye" does not mean the singular "you," but "ALL of you." Not that there wasn't maybe a single mature, spiritual-minded one among them, but as a group, they were carnal.Unbelievers have opposite worldviews and morals, and business decisions made daily will reflect the worldview of one partner or the other.For the relationship to work, one or the other must abandon his moral center and move toward that of the other.Is it good to have close friendships with unbelievers? Should Christians of different denominations date or marry?UNEQUALLY YOKED [Marriage and Unbelievers] Many have read the passage in the Bible where Paul admonishes: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers," and have then assumed from it, all kinds of restrictions on Christian marriages.
Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians is part of a larger discourse to the church at Corinth on the Christian life.The “unequal yoke” is often applied to business relationships.For a Christian to enter into a partnership with an unbeliever is to court disaster.So if they wanted to marry within their faith, most of them would have had to marry someone carnally-minded.Now we need to understand what's important in this teaching.
They were to avoid: "unbelievers, unrighteousness, darkness, Belial, infidels, and idols." There it is.