The imagery is of two incompatible oxen sharing the same yoke.
” I think we can all agree that the Bible forbids the Christian from marrying an unbeliever.
This appears to be clearly indicated in 1 Corinthians .
Many of the dating and personal relationship safeguards of years gone by seem to have been cast aside.
Assuming that dating is appropriate under certain conditions, the next question is, “Does the Bible forbid dating an unbeliever?
The principle stated in 2 Corinthians -18 would seem to apply to marriage as well, and some might see it as applying to dating.
I suspect that this would be an inferential conclusion, and thus would have to be considered a matter of personal conviction, rather than as a clear biblical prohibition.
The same is true of two people who marry but don't share a common faith.
Like the oxen pulling in different directions, a couple who doesn't share a Godly foundation will clash and experience conflict.
” These words were written by Ben Weisman to be sung by Elvis Presley, but I’ve often heard a variation of them by unmarried Christians beginning to get romantically involved with a non-Christian.
In fact, I think he/she will be more encouraging of my faith than lots of Christians would be.” they’re wrong, and so the problem will often be that, in their guilt, they’ll stay hidden.
In 2 Corinthians , the Apostle Paul says that believers should not "be unequally yoked with non-believers." While it's true that this passage does not specifically mention marriage, it does refer to being bound in a relationship with another person—no relationship is more binding than marriage.