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    Default Re: Is it a sin to marry an unbeliever?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph- View Post
    No, I wouldn't call it a sin, but take some experienced advice. DO NOT MARRY AN UNBELIEVER.
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    I believe that the scripture teaching on marrying a non-Christian seems very clear. As others have mentioned, 2 Corinthians 14 and 15 instructed not to be unequally yoked or bound together with unbelievers. There really is no alternative, even though this may seem hard. It is vital that the person whom we are closest and most committed share the same basic value system we do. I feel it is imperative to see God's wisdom in this command of Scripture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jameen View Post
    Not all unbelievers are non Christians.

    In fact there is someone inside the Christian Church who can be considered as unbeliever.

    Matthew Chapter 18

    15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

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    But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d]

    17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.


    That's taking the verse out of context. It is talking about treating someone as an unbeliever, because they don't act like a believer. Simple as that. It has nothing to do with marriage.

    Quote Originally Posted by jameen View Post
    If marrying a non Christian is wrong then never befriend any non Christian too.

    Remember Love comes from friendship first.

    You can marry a non Christian as long as that man does not resist your Christian faith or compel you to do bad things.
    Sadly this is a complete misunderstanding of the passage. The principle is don't be yoked with an unbeliever. Friendship is not being yoked together; marriage is (so is business partnership, btw). If you choose to marry an unbeliever, thinking your faith is strong enough to resist temptation, one may ask why it wasn't strong enough to trust God for a believing spouse in the first place.

    A while back, one of the local Christian counselors spoke at church. In the midst of some other things, he said that some of the deepest pain he has ever witnessed is experienced by Christians married to unbelievers. Given that he has decades of experience with hundreds if not thousands of couples, I take his perspective quite seriously.

    Quote Originally Posted by jameen View Post
    BTW some non Christians are in fact brethren of the Christians outside the Church if you'll read 1 Peter 5:9.
    Peter was talking about fellow Christians still alive on earth, not "Christians outside the Church"... that would be an oxymoron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amaze0707 View Post
    I believe that the scripture teaching on marrying a non-Christian seems very clear. As others have mentioned, 2 Corinthians 14 and 15 instructed not to be unequally yoked or bound together with unbelievers. There really is no alternative, even though this may seem hard. It is vital that the person whom we are closest and most committed share the same basic value system we do. I feel it is imperative to see God's wisdom in this command of Scripture.
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    I think it is a sin and a big one.

    We have half of the Old Testament to witness what happened to the people of God when mingling with unbelievers.

    Also, the New Testament teaches very clearly that we should marry believers only. There is no way around.
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    Better to marry than to burn with lust
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laish View Post
    I would say no . Still one should know what they are getting in to . If the unbeliever is a militant atheist this will cause grief .
    If the unbeliever is somewhat open minded there is hope . I do know of one lady that married a atheist that did come to Christ.
    My wife

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    She never stood a chance

    I'm not advising any Christian that they should marry a militant atheist but sometimes the hard core ones are the closest to breaking down. God really does turn some of the worst people around and open their eyes. I love him for that.

    I would think it best to pray for a conversion first if you love that person and maybe consider marriage after they have come to know The Lord. If not, continue to pray even after parting company as you may be the only one interceding for that person.
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    As far as it depends on you, do not be yoked with unbelievers. That is an order. If you didn't learn this verse yet and married an unbeliever, and your conscience didn't alert you that it was wrong, then for you its not a sin. If you were forced into a marriage against your will then it is not sin for you. But in general, yes it is a sin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOP View Post
    Is it a sin for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?
    I dont think it is a sin. BUT, you must consider, that if somebody not belongs to Jesus, then he belongs to the devil. Maby this sounds hard. But this is the fact. Spirituell an nonbeliever will not understand the believer. You can not share your deepest thoughts and feelings. The consequences can destroy your life. It can hinder you to follow Jesus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcelo View Post
    Another reason for not marrying an unbeliever:

    2 Corinthians 6:14 New International Version (NIV)

    14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?


    I still think that marrying an unbeliever is a sin (a small one).
    Many have understood this verse (2 Corinthians 6:14-16) wrongly. When the LORD says in 2Corinthians 6:14 -16 that "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God......."

    ---- Here the LORD is not talking about getting married to an unbeliever or doing what is right together with unbelievers but HE is telling us (His Children) that we should not be involved or take part in the works of unbelievers. Marriage is not the work of unbelievers but it is the work of GOD. GOD created marriage. HE instituted marriage and marriage is good and so it can never be the work of an unbeliever. These are some of the works of an unbeliever which the LORD is telling us not to yoke together with them. The LORD is telling us to come out of them. They are malice, invention of evil, fornication, homosexuality, lying, transgender, gossiping, stealing, injustice, discrimination, racism, legalizing evil etc These are all works of unbelievers and the LORD warned us not to get yoke together with them or participate in them.

    Marriage was instituted by GOD so marriage is good. If a believer got married to an unbeliever that will not still change the truth that marriage is good. The institution(Marriage) remains good no matter who get involve in it whether believer or unbeliever. This is what many haven't understand. For it is written, “For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife (that is the believing wife), and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband ( the believing husband). Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy (1 Corinthians 7:14).” We also see this clearly when Joseph the son of Jacob got married to the daughter of Pharaoh who was an unbeliever and their children Manasseh and Ephraim were holy since their mother who was an unbeliever was consecrated to her husband Joseph who was a believer and GOD’S Son.
    For example, there are many Christians who have siblings who are unbelievers and they live together, eat together, play together and do many things together. And also there are many Christians who worked in their work places with unbelievers. They get involve together to do their duties in their work places. But when it comes to marriage to an unbeliever they disagree. And the reason of their disagree is simple lack of knowledge of the Truth-the WORD OD GOD is Truth. Why are they not leaving the unbelievers in their work places and in their homes and family, and go and work or live with believers only? If they are working and living with unbelievers, and disagreeing with the issue of getting marry to an unbeliever, this clearly shows hypocrisy.

    The issue about the verse above is that the LORD doesn’t want us to get involve in the evil works of unbelievers not that we should not do what is right with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneFaith View Post
    As far as it depends on you, do not be yoked with unbelievers. That is an order. If you didn't learn this verse yet and married an unbeliever, and your conscience didn't alert you that it was wrong, then for you its not a sin. If you were forced into a marriage against your will then it is not sin for you. But in general, yes it is a sin.
    Many have understood this verse (2 Corinthians 6:14-16) wrongly. When the LORD says in 2Corinthians 6:14 -16 that "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God......."

    ---- Here the LORD is not talking about getting married to an unbeliever or doing what is right together with unbelievers but HE is telling us (His Children) that we should not be involved or take part in the works of unbelievers. Marriage is not the work of unbelievers but it is the work of GOD. GOD created marriage. HE instituted marriage and marriage is good and so it can never be the work of an unbeliever. These are some of the works of an unbeliever which the LORD is telling us not to yoke together with them. The LORD is telling us to come out of them. They are malice, invention of evil, fornication, homosexuality, lying, transgender, gossiping, stealing, injustice, discrimination, racism, legalizing evil etc These are all works of unbelievers and the LORD warned us not to get yoke together with them or participate in them.

    Marriage was instituted by GOD so marriage is good. If a believer got married to an unbeliever that will not still change the truth that marriage is good. The institution(Marriage) remains good no matter who get involve in it whether believer or unbeliever. This is what many haven't understand. For it is written, “For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife (that is the believing wife), and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband ( the believing husband). Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy (1 Corinthians 7:14).” We also see this clearly when Joseph the son of Jacob got married to the daughter of Pharaoh who was an unbeliever and their children Manasseh and Ephraim were holy since their mother who was an unbeliever was consecrated to her husband Joseph who was a believer and GOD’S Son.

    For example, there are many Christians who have siblings who are unbelievers and they live together, eat together, play together and do many things together. And also there are many Christians who worked in their work places with unbelievers. They get involve together to do their duties in their work places. But when it comes to marriage to an unbeliever they disagree. And the reason of their disagree is simple lack of knowledge of the Truth-the WORD OF GOD is Truth. Why are they not leaving the unbelievers in their work places and in their homes and family, and go and work or live with believers only? If they are working and living with unbelievers, and disagreeing with the issue of getting marry to an unbeliever, this clearly shows hypocrisy.

    The issue about the verse above is that the LORD doesn’t want us to get involve in the evil works of unbelievers not that we should not do what is right with them.

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    Peter was talking about fellow Christians still alive on earth, not "Christians outside the Church"... that would be an oxymoron.
    But in the Bible, Christians are inside of one body which is the Christian Church.

    it is clear that Christians can marry outsiders from the Church who are already considered brethren by Christians inside the Christian Church like Cornelius before his baptism as a Christian by Peter (he was already a devout good man)

    I really do not disagree that Christians must not marry an unbeliever if that unbeliever resists the Christian doctrine like Alexander the copper smith and try you to get out of the Christian faith and worship other gods.

    besides even someone inside the Christian Church can be considered unbeliever too as I already posted in Matthew 18.

    Marrying only Christians is an act of partiality with other people which God does not do (Romans 2:11 NKJV) A real Christian does not practice partiality.

    If you still do not insist marrying an outsider of the Christian then start also practicing not to make friends with outsiders of the Church too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy-Pevensie View Post
    Better to marry than to burn with lust
    "...but he must belong to the Lord."-1 Corinthians 7:39
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntieAnt View Post
    Is it a sin to marry an unbeliever? Personally, I think it's very unwise. But each one of us answers to God, not man.
    That's right. Prolly was brought up already, but Hosea married an unfaithful whore by command of God. That's why I don't categorically and without exception label doing that a sin.

    It really does come down to what's going on between you and God. But I'm very much of the opinion that very, very few, if any, have a Hosea ministry.
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    "How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?"-1 Corinthians 7:16


    You don't, so don't marry an unbeliever thinking you're going to get them saved. You don't know that.
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    We can see what Paul thinks about living with an unbeliever:


    "if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace."-1 Corinthians 7:15
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    I would say no. It could be a inconvenience and effect how we love ? No one knows whether or not God will save the spouse. It could end up like Hosea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garee View Post
    It could end up like Hosea.
    Yeah, who wants to be married to a wife named Gomer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwel View Post
    I finally agree with Ralph on something.

    I think the heavens opened and I heard angels singing.

    Oh, by the way.......that was me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOP View Post
    Is it a sin for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?
    Yes, it absolutely is.

    14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
    “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
    AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
    17“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
    “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
    And I will welcome you.
    18“And I will be a father to you,
    And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
    Says the Lord Almighty.

    I'm shocked by the liberal answers I've seen in here.


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