Unequally yoked and dating

More often than not, it is the believer who finds himself pressured to leave his Christian principles behind for the sake of profit and the growth of the business.Of course, the closest alliance one person can have with another is found in marriage, and this is how the passage is usually interpreted.

He discouraged them from being in an unequal partnership with unbelievers because believers and unbelievers are opposites, just as light and darkness are opposites.

They simply have nothing in common, just as Christ has nothing in common with “Belial,” a Hebrew word meaning “worthlessness” (verse 15). The idea is that the pagan, wicked, unbelieving world is governed by the principles of Satan and that Christians should be separate from that wicked world, just as Christ was separate from all the methods, purposes, and plans of Satan.

God’s plan is for a man and a woman to become “one flesh” (Genesis ), a relationship so intimate that one literally and figuratively becomes part of the other.

Uniting a believer with an unbeliever is essentially uniting opposites, which makes for a very difficult marriage relationship. Is it wrong for a couple to live together before marriage?

” A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull.

An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter.

The weaker or shorter ox would walk more slowly than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles.

When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them.

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?

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