How can a husband and wife love each other to the fullest if they disagree on something so vital as their belief in God, Christ, and the Bible?
The entire passage of is very clear: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
Even closer to home: if one spouse is an Adventist and another is a Baptist, will the children worship on the Sabbath or profane the Sabbath by worshiping on a man-instituted day?
Will one spouse teach of death as sleep while the other torments the children with threats of being good or burning for all eternity in Hell?
In the courtship when both are blinded by passion, these important religious differences are often overlooked or dismissed with the casual: “It does not matter if we believe different things, our love is stronger than mere differences! Differences of this magnitude will cause problems later on, and could be devastating to one spouse’s beliefs, to the spiritual growth of future children, and even to the marriage which can result in divorce.
The simple truth is this: a marriage not centered on Christ will be plagued by Satan.
“Unequally yoked” does not just refer to a Christian marrying a non-Christian, but to a wide scope of differences within Christendom and even our own church.
If a couple marries, and the husband and wife have different beliefs, this will… One of the biggest problems is: Which “belief” will the children be raised as?If a non-Catholic marries a devote Catholic, he or she gives up every right to raise his or her children according to their own beliefs… I heard of a Seventh-day Adventist woman who married “the love of her life”, who was a devote Catholic, and she had no authority over raising their children – their children were raised Catholic despite the mother’s beliefs.Another example is one I saw on a TLC program: a Methodist woman gave up her religion entirely to convert to Isalm so she could marry “her love”.And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” I am not saying that the non-believer will not, eventually, come to know Christ or that a Christian’s beliefs may mature and led him or her into a greater understanding of the Bible, “for with God all things are possible” ( does say: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” But does this allow us to go marry whomever we chose, despite religious differences? The Bible is very clear that cross-religious marriages were not alright.Throughout the Old Testament, there are examples of the Patriarchs seeking out believers to marry, and we cannot forget the story of Solomon, a righteous man whose marriage to pagan wives led him astray from the Lord.