A believer dating an unbeliever
Marriage is hard enough when you have two believers who are completely in harmony spiritually.
Just spare yourself the heartache and get over it." Keller is entitled to her opinion, just as any of us are.
This family foundation is only possible when we first meet the person we will marry. So finding a true believer is a fundamental step in creating a more Godly life and family.
Why am I referring to marriage when this post is on dating? The reality is that dating an unbeliever could result in marrying an unbeliever, and this may lead you to turn away from God. But if you don’t prepare your life for success, it’s only going to be harder to attain. Sure, it’s not a guarantee, but it’s more likely than if you choose to date and then marry a nonbeliever who has no desire to know, love or serve God, let alone encourage you—or teach your children—to believe in Him.
Well, I believe wholeheartedly that dating should be the first stage of marriage. But more than that, you could end up turning away from God and raising children who will never know Him fully. Ladies, have you ever considered dating a nonbeliever?
Unfortunately, some Christians hope that they can convert the person he/she is dating or marrying.
While those are atypical (read, horrifying) approaches to marriage, a marriage was not valid if the wife was not a virgin, and she'd be put to death (Deuteronomy -21).
Similarly, marriage before the age of modern adulthood was common.
No sooner than having ordered Medina's present did I stumble across Kathy Keller's "Don't Take it from Me: Reasons Why You Shouldn't Marry an Unbeliever." While the article is already well over a year old, it recently gained some traction on social media, attracting my attention.She has many of options to choose from, including Genesis 24:3, Exodus , Deuteronomy 7:3, Judges 3:6, 1 Kings 11:2, to name a few.But there are three significant issues using the Old Testament on intermarriage.I wanted to take this opportunity to push back both on the assertion, and the way it's framed.In her article, Keller leans on a handful of shaky verses to assert her straightforward opinion: I want to snap and say, "It won't work, not in the long run.