The short answer is "no." However, it is good to examine the scripture behind the answer to understand it more completely, including why such a marriage is a bad idea.The usual answer given the believer is from 2 Corinthians: Do not be bound together [unequally yoked] with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?A "yoke" was a farm implement that bound two animals together so that they could work together as a team.Modern translations remove the "yoke" and translate the intent of the verse, warning believers, "Do not be bound together with unbelievers." Does this apply to marriage?
Expecting an unbeliever to become a Christian following marriage is unrealistic and will likely lead to years of frustration and conflict.The Old Testament specifically forbids God's people from marrying "foreign wives": "Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers and do His will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives." ( So, the New Testament makes it clear that believers are only to marry fellow believers.Although dating of Christians and non-Christians is not specifically handled in the Bible, it is clear that such an action is asking for trouble.As fewer and fewer people who had spent time with Jesus in the flesh were alive to share their experiences, John wrote these three letters to clear up Jesus' teachings and to call believers back to his message.The drift away from Jesus' message happens all too easily—even today—and we can all gain from John's wisdom.