The Old Testament specifically forbids God's people from marrying "foreign wives": "Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do His will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives." ( So, the New Testament makes it clear that believers are only to marry fellow believers.
Although dating of Christians and non-Christians is not specifically handled in the Bible, it is clear that such an action is asking for trouble.
The short answer is "no." However, it is good to examine the scripture behind the answer to understand it more completely, including why such a marriage is a bad idea.
The usual answer given the believer is from 2 Corinthians: Do not be bound together [unequally yoked] with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
"Missionary dating" often results in years of conflict and usually ends in broken hearts.
There is a special case where a person marries an unbeliever while himself/herself are, likewise, an unbeliever, and only later to become a believer.
Part of Speech: verb A Related Word by Thayers/Strongs Number: from a compound of G2087 and G2218Citing in TDNT: 1, 301 Strong's G2086 ἑτεροζυγέω heterozugeō het-er-od-zoog-eh'-o From a compound of G2087 and G2218; to yoke up differently, that is, (figuratively) to associate discordantly: - unequally yoke together with.
Part of Speech: adjective A Related Word by Thayers/Strongs Number: of uncertain affinity Citing in TDNT: 2, 265 Strong's G2087 ἕτερος heteros het'-er-os Of uncertain affinity; (an-, the) other or different: - altered, else, next (day), one, (an-) other, some, strange.
Then there was the pressure of every person I knew asking about my relationship status every time I saw them.
Or mentioning their far-off distant relative who they thought might still be single (which they never were), and who they could maybe one day set me up with (which they never did).
Dating a non-Christian is also problematic, for similar reasons.
Those who marry an unbeliever prior to converting to Christianity are encouraged to stay with the unbeliever unless they leave.
Such scenarios often occurred in the early church as unbelievers were converting in large numbers.