God cares about our relationships because He care about He cares about our purity because that is what keeps us in relationship with Him!
Our holiness preaches the gospel louder than our words.
Rather, it is a command designed for protection and honor.
(ESV)Romans 12:1–2Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does.
Perhaps the Israelites felt like there weren’t enough women, or there weren’t enough men to go around.
However they rationalized it, the Israelites formed covenants between themselves and people who neither knew nor served God. Over and over in Scripture we see this theme repeated.
The Bible says that have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that without Christ we are “[unresponsive] in our transgressions”, conformed to the world, “living by the cravings of our flesh” and “by nature, children of wrath”. It’s why he commanded the Israelites to marry within the household of faith, and it’s why He inspired Paul to issue the same command. Righteousness has nothing in common with a person who believes they are good enough apart from God: “For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? No “love” apart from Christ is truly love (1 John -17).
It may look like these things from the outside, but will never be unified within.
Proverbs Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
(NLT)Song of Solomon 4:9You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
But Moses gives a warning: “You shall make no covenant with [the people of the land] and show no favor to them. for they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods…” (Deut.
7:3-4) Fast forward several hundred years, and we find Israel in direct rebellion against God’s command: “The sons of Israel lived among the Canaanites…; and they took their daughters for themselves as wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.” (Judges 3:5-6)SEE ALSO: 5 Questions to Ask if You Never Get Asked Out It probably didn’t seem so harmful at first.
Is dating someone who doesn’t share your beliefs really such a big deal? 2 Corinthians is the oft-cited verse calling believers to be “equally yoked”.