(Also see: Ex -16, Josh -13, Neh 9:2, Ezra , Mal ) In (Deut ), God tells the Israelites not to "plow with an ox and donkey yoked together." This is a picture of a Christian (an ox, which was a "clean" animal: Deut 14:4) and non-Christian (a donkey, which was an "unclean" animal: Deut 14:7) being "yoked" together.
I think we can all envision the problems with an ox and donkey being yoked together to plow a field.
And, I can tell you, nearly every time the Christian will eventually fall (or be "pulled down").
A good quote regarding this from Matthew Henry says, "for there is more likelihood that the good will be perverted, than that the bad will be converted." I should also add that there is the danger of the "non-Christian" person you are dating making a profession of faith simply to please YOU.
(3) Neither shalt thou make marriages with them: thy daughter shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.Each has different characteristics and traits which would make it very difficult to "plow together" (just as a Christian and non-Christian cannot "plow together").Some consider this concept of being "unequally yoked" to apply only to "marriage" or "close partnerships," however, I would apply it to dating as well.(Also see: Eph 5:6-8,11) Several things can be taken from this: we (Christians) are declared "righteous" and unbelievers "unrighteous." Christians are "light," and unbelievers are "darkness." Christian's bodies are the "temple" of God, unbelievers bodies are not.Unbelievers are called "infidels" and "unclean." This concept of being "unequally yoked" goes back to the Old Testament.