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.
Within that struggle, inevitably the question comes up: Can a Christian date a non-Christian?
The Bible addresses the hardships that come with marrying a nonbeliever, so that's rather clear.
But single Christians may be tempted to say, "Well, it doesn't talk about dating. " To answer, it's important to take a step back and look at some principles found in Scripture. When a topic isn't directly addressed in the Bible, this can be a helpful guide for us.
In Corinthians, Paul writes to a new group of Christians, who've asked him what's okay and not okay for them to partake in as believers in Christ. Because yes, it's okay for us to date someone who doesn't profess Christ.
Paul then challenges the church not to simply ask, "Is it okay? But to ask Paul's question, does it benefit our walk? God doesn't call us to simply go after the acceptable in life, but the best, most enriching, most God-glorifying.
Dating a nonbeliever may not be a sin, but we can do ourselves an injustice when okay gets in the way of what is best for us.Again, God's Word doesn't talk about dating in particular, though many of its principles can guide our relationships.2 Corinthians reminds us of the importance of being bound together with believers.Genesis tells us there is no greater binding experience than the commingling of two people into one, in this thing we call marriage.God knows the difficulty that comes with making two into one, and he encourages his children to be yoked together with someone with whom they can become fully one—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.We are holistic beings, and in order to truly connect, we must find someone with whom we can connect on every level.