Unequally Yoked

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2 Corinthians 6:14 says:

14. Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

15. Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

That passage is so rigid. Is it impossible for a non-christian to be with a christian and have a healthy relationship? I find that some of the text in the bible is a bit extreme. For example, in the above passage, unbelievers (hate that word because you can be a believer but not a christian) non-Christians are described as lawless and dark. I haven’t done a survey or gathered statistical data on the issue, but I’m sure that there are some really pure at heart non-Christians in the world. Some even purer that Christians (thunder crackling).

So I asked someone to explain this strict passage and they said that when you’re in an unequally yoked relationship (a christian and a non-christian), though the relationship might be great, you [the christian] will not grow “spiritually”. For example, when the christian in the relationship is falling short in faith, what can the non-christian do? They will not be able to offer that spiritual support rock that the christian needs. The non-christian cannot intercede on their partner’s behalf because he/she lacks the spiritual conviction needed to do so. Hmm…

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Until next time….namaste!

1 thought on “Unequally Yoked

  1. I’ve always found this passage to be hypocritical because other passages say that we should love our fellow man… but if you’re not with us, you’re against us. I’m not sure how a non-Christian could possibly affect a Christian person’s spiritual growth because, assumedly, the Christian’s faith should be strong enough to blunt any attempts to dull it.

    Stuff like this, in my opinion, only serves to drive a wedge between us, like our faith – and holding strong to that faith – is more important than the things you could love about another person and then love them enough to be bound to them. What can the Christian do when their faith is wavering and they are bound to a non-Christian? Well, two things: Prayer and a timely consultation with their pastor or minister who can advise them on what to do to get their faith back on track. The non-Christian, if they’re supportive because of the love they have for the Christian should, at the least, be understanding of the Christian’s need to have their faith sound and intact, even if they don’t agree with the premise of Christianity… because that’s what people who love each other do for each other, right?

    In this and, again, it’s just my opinion, when two people fall in love and are bound to each other, it’s about their love and not some religious mandate to not be with someone who doesn’t believe in what you believe in. To live your life by this ‘rule’ just doesn’t make sense to me and more so since a person’s faith is an individual thing; even Christians don’t all believe in the exact same way. Nor should the Christian try to convert the so-called non-believer because depending on how you care to look at it, no one has the right to force their religious beliefs on someone else and against their will.

    I’ve never liked the “believe the way we tell you to believe or you’ll go to hell and burn for all eternity” stuff; it’s divisive and even prejudicial as much as it is insular and controlling and preying on a person’s fear of death. This is just another thing that is, in and of itself, a matter of faith: If you do what we tell you to do, when you die, your soul will continue to live on so even though your body dies, you don’t really die.

    If you believe that your faith guarantees eternal life, then no one you will ever meet will be able to dissuade you from that belief – so what’s the big deal here?

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