Dating non believer
I have a girlfriend that I have been with for over two years. So before I answer your question I just want to ask if you are this confident in your own salvation? This confidence does not come from our effort (“If I am good enough then I’ll be saved!
If Jesus came back right now before we got married or even after would I still be saved? It’s then a matter of persevering in faith and obedience through your whole life.
An idol is something that is held in higher esteem than God.
Since an unbeliever doesn't believe in God, to him everything is an idol, including his relationship with you.
Christian finally comes along I'm going to be even more socially cumbersome due to years of inactivity.
What do you think of casually dating (no commitment, no physicality, etc.) as a sort of practice, even if the other is not a Christian?
A "yoke" was a farm implement that bound two animals together so that they could work together as a team.
The idea of my Christian friends ridiculing me for potentially marrying a no Christian and even worse the idea of disappointing God himself is bumming me out. It’s wrong to start pounding on someone just because you disapprove of something that they’ve said or done.
Throughout our relationship he’s really encouraged me in my faith … But I do not know how to handle the simplistic thinking from many members of the church who think that my relationship is wrong—that I should either end it, or be living in sin. I’ve been dating this man for two years now and he prepared me that he’ll be making a proposal soon.
But when we announced our engagement I received a few emails from the pastor saying the Bible is clear that the relationship is wrong and that I need to end it. I knew that, out of love, I would receive some hostility from Christian friends, but it is getting to the point where I do not want to go back to church, because of the volume of people telling me to end the relationship—when they cannot give me a reason for doing so, other than him being a non-Christian. I was overwhelmed with joy, laughter, and excitement.
Many of the young people call it "Hanging out together" and claim that it has nothing to do with love or affection--so they claim.
I would say that once it becomes apparent, to any member of the church, that another member/attendee is becoming involved in a romantic and/or love relationship with an unbeliever, that they must go to the person as step one of the Matthew 18 process, and then follow the rest of the process if necessary."Here at Grace, we believe that the Bible teaches that believers should only marry other believers. Thus, we would strongly discourage any believer from pursuing a dating relationship with a non-believer.