1) Genesis 1: Marriage is to display God’s image by obeying God’s commands for fruitfulness and dominion. 2) Genesis 2: Marriage is a partnership in doing God’s work. Genesis –17 shows how Adam is prophet/priest/king in the garden kingdom where God has put him to rule within the constraints of God’s ultimate kingship (symbolized by the two trees: blessing and life for living under his rule; curse and death for refusing his rule).
If you can’t marry them without a supernatural conversion wrought by the Holy Spirit in their heart, over which you have no control, then it would be both extremely foolish and very unkind to consider such a marriage in the first place.
Now, I hope to demonstrate how clearly the Bible says it is sinful for a believer to marry a non-believer.
Rather, I shall offer a brief biblical theology of dating unbelievers.
I want to make the point that it is a matter of obedience to God getting romantically involved with a non-believer hangs on a couple of proof-texts taken out of context, then I’m pretty sure it can be removed by a couple of moments staring into a pair of eyes, some attention, and the excitement of a potentially fulfilling lifelong relationship.
For example, how do you decide what you should do at any point in your life? He created man and woman in relationship to do that.
Single men and women can do that also, particularly in relationship to the church under the love of Christ, the fulfillment of marriage.When marrying a non-Christian, you lose out on the blessing of having a spouse who calls you to submit your will to Christ, and instead have a spouse who has no interest in being called to submit their own will to Christ.4) The Old Testament warns against marrying unbelievers.If the Lord wants you to be married, he’ll make it clear that it would be possible for you to pursue such a relationship by them coming to faith!Furthermore, a proof-text for not dating a non-Christian is a strange thing to expect for a few reasons.Such an article would include a clearer picture of what marriage looks like: making decisions about career, where to live, how to spend money, how to raise children, etc.