As you know, there are some Christians who believe that any dating is inappropriate.It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.For example, we should not associate with one who is a gossip (), or with one who is given to anger (), or with one who is given to change ().I think it is true that our young people date too young, and that many dating situations are unwise in that they create unnecessary temptations and, even if nothing wrong takes place, a couple’s actions may give the appearance of evil.
Assuming that dating is appropriate under certain conditions, the next question is, “Does the Bible forbid dating an unbeliever?
” I think we can all agree that the Bible forbids the Christian from marrying an unbeliever.
Within the context of a friendship relationship, the Gospel can surely be shared.
I would raise another set of standards, which are given to us in the Book of Proverbs.
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.
One could certainly ask, “If a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever, why would they ever date one? I think one can have a friendship relationship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, without entering into a dating relationship.