Dating an unbeliever verses
If the oxen team were imbalanced - if one ox were stronger or larger than the other - then the team couldn't pull with equal power.The oxen team would eventually go astray, leaving the straight rows and meandering off course.In summary, a believer may not marry an unbeliever.If he or she does so, the believer is sinning, and the consequences for that sin will be lasting and potentially devastating.Some Christians marry unbelievers thinking they will be the stronger "ox" in the relationship, pulling their unbelieving spouse into the straight and narrow path of obedience to God, but the Bible teachers that obedience is always predicated on faith in the Gospel: Furthermore, no one can persuade or force an unbeliever to become born-again.Spiritual conversation is a change that God alone produces in the heart of an individual, and therefore marrying an unbeliever in the expectation of converting them is a foolish and presumptuous decision.The principle stated in 2 Corinthians -18 would seem to apply to marriage as well, and some might see it as applying to dating.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.
To do otherwise is a sin that carries potentially life-long, negative spiritual consequences and personal hardship.
Paul says: The command of scripture is that a believer not be bound together with unbelievers.
The Greek word translated into bound is heterozugeo, which literally means to be yoked together in a single team.
Paul says: Paul advises a believer who is married to an unbeliever that they cannot presume they will "save" their spouse.
So if a believer marries an unbeliever with the expectation of converting their spouse, they commit a sin, because they openly disobey the word of God without cause to expect success.