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there is a very interesting situation I would like to clarify about being Christian and getting married to a non-believer, in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 it reads:

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[b] are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people. NKJV

This passage is very very clear and prefectly expresses the idea without need of "special interpretations" and on the other hand some Christians refer to 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 to try to justify getting married to a non-believer, the passage reads:

12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. NKJV

They say that is justified but, I made a quick investigation and found this, first of all we MUST take into account the context of the chapter, what is the general topic, Paul is speaking to Believers and treating situations that People are carring BEFORE comming to Christ as we can read in verses 17-24:

17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. 20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called. NKJV

So Paul is talking about the situations that people had before becoming Christians and I found this very intersting comment of Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer specifically to 1 Corinthians 7:12 about the word λοιποί which is used here, the commentary reads:

The λοιποί are those who, before their conversion, had entered into marriage with a non-believer, so that one of the two had become a Christian and the other not. See on 1 Corinthians 7:10.

So that makes complete sense with two things, first it makes sense with the context of the whole chapter because Paul is talking about circumstances before becomming Christian and second we know that The Bible does not contradict itself so if this chapter would allow getting married to a non -believer that will be FOR SURE in contradiction with 2 corinthians 6:14 and 2 Corinthians 6:14 is more clear and explicit, so my personal conclusion was:

The Bible tells the Christians to not marry non-Christians and encourage Christians to remain married to their non-believer couple IF they became Christians being already married.

So 1 Corinthians 7:12 allow marring non-believers? I would like to know of course an answer from you, thank you very much in advance.

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No 1 Corinthians 7:12 does not permit believers to marry a non-believer. Any such interpretation must be rejected as driven by emotional feelings than objective study. The context clearly present the situation where one of the unbeliever converted; it does not talk about a single believer marrying an unbeliever. Verse 10 clearly says that these instructions are for the married. Verse 12-13 clearly mentions the persons "has a wife or husband" rather than who wants to take a wife.

From a brief study of the New Testament we clearly see the Bible forbids marrying an unbeliever.

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The Old Testament also binds Christians today.

10And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 11Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
-- Ezra 10:10-11 (KJV)

Since also Christians are chosen like the Israelites were, Ezra 10 tells Christians not to marry non-Christians.

Paul was affirming the same. He cannot contradict the scriptures since He was also inspired.

14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And 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.
-- 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (KJV)

I really see these strong long ago Israelites which decided to cast away the non-Israelites from them, with one heart hence fulfilling God's Laws. Thus Christians should also capture that heart, not divorcing one another, but also not to marry non-believers.

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