Such scenarios often occurred in the early church as unbelievers were converting in large numbers.
Included in the list of idols are sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed. Likewise, the joining of a Christian and a non-Christian joins Christ to an unbeliever.
The New Testament goes as far as to warn us not even to eat with idolaters (1 Corinthians ). Bad company corrupts good morals" ( The Bible is actually much more direct about marrying unbelievers than has been indicated to this point.
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.
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.
"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.
If the unbeliever consents to living with the believer, the believer is to behave in such a way that the unbelieving spouse would want to become a Christian.