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What Is Unequally Yoked

What is unequally yoked? Is this just refering to religious beliefs?

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I couldn't help but laugh at the post about remembering what "yoked" meant to them as a child. I have a similar recollection. I remember thinking that unequally yoked meant that the inside (the egg yoke) of a person was completely different and disproportionate in size. Then, I've learned that a yoke is something you put on two animals so that they will plow the field together, like horses yoked together to pull a carriage. Now, if you yoke an Ox with a donkey, the donkey is stubborn, weaker, more stupid, and will wander. The Ox is strong, on a mission, and a smarter animal. Yoke the two together and the OX will be doing MORE work than he would have to do if he were yoked with same animal.
---kate on 7/16/08


We have unequally yoked bloggers and there are unqually yoked marriages, partners of every kind. Believers and non-believers.
---Donna on 6/21/08


Mary, certainly, I accept your invite. I like some chopped onion, garlic powder, and a little ground habanero sprinkled on top of mine. I live in Pennsylvania, so what part of the country do you live in?
---Eloy on 6/20/08


Hehehe! Can I have you over to breakfast? :D You can have the big egg! Although with my cooking skills, you'd probably want the smaller one lol! :D
---Mary on 6/19/08


It could be one large egg and one small egg side-by-side in a fry pan...I jest.
---Eloy on 6/19/08




To be unequally yoked meanas to be in a relaionship where one party tries to dominate the other party by puling him/her to do it "my way or the highway". It is a sad
state of affairs where love does not exist! PP
---Pierr5358 on 6/17/08


I really liked Danelle's illustration. :-)
Are Christians the ox or the lamb?
---Todd1 on 6/15/08


Unequally yoked: Imagine a lamb yoked with an Ox. There's a field to plow, a job to be done. The Ox is strong and inconsiderate. The Lamb is meek. There is a struggle. They must either come to terms to get the job done or there is failure. The same with marriage. One partner must, with the guidance and wisdom of the Word,take a meek lead,prayerfully submitting to God and the unconverted.This too, can fail.That's why the Word asks:can two walk together except they agree?
---Danelle on 6/14/08


Unequally yoked - Christian and non-Christian.
In friendships, business partnerships and marriages. It's never a good relationship - constant warring in the flesh between a non-Christian and Christian that are forced to be together for any length of time.
---lisa on 6/14/08


Equally yoked marriage partners should know ahead of time if someone has familiar spirits attached. It's true, they can hide themselves. Both men and women have been tricked into believing they've married a Christian when they've married a demonically influenced rat, mouse, spouse.
---lisa on 6/14/08




It can also mean being with someone who attracts demonic spirits to your life or home. Some people do not know whay they are under constant attack. It could be that their partner although a Christain still has familiar spirits her or she is attached to.
---PastorC on 6/14/08


I am assuming you are familiar with IICor 14:18. If not please read it to see just what the bible says about the matter.

The Corinthian church was having fellowship with nonchristian religions. Paul told them that this was forbidden in this passage. They were not to be unequally yoked with other religions. This principle can be extended to (perhaps most noticably)interpersonal relationships, business partnerships etc.
---Bruce5656 on 1/5/08


The Yoke referred to in the new Testament is teaching. a rabbi has a yoke, which is his interpretation of the law. Jesus had a yoke because he was a rabbi. not being unequally yoked means that we should not be married to people that have different views on life. religion is a big one, but there are various other issues as well, like how to raise kids, or how to run a business. It is important to talk these through with those you are in relationships with. because the yoke causes problems.
---Jared on 4/17/07


senario, you as a believer in jesus, are married to a non believer, thats unequally yoked.two animals yoked together pull the load together.one whos harness is tighter pulls more of the load ergo unequally yoked.
---tom2 on 4/17/07


Ramon,
Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

This could very well be taken as good advice as far as cross denominational unions are concerned.
---Bruce5656 on 8/21/06


2.After divorce and remarrage they continued to bother me, claiming I HAD to be with first wife, as second marrage was invalid.(adultry) They ignored restraining order, saying the 'courts of Caeser' had no authority over them. Late night calle, 'jericho walks' around house, calls to work. We had to move 50 miles away. That was 15 years ago, life is better. When someone says, 'unevenly yoked,' I have an Idea what that means.
---MikeM on 8/21/06


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1.I am on my second marrage. We have been married 15 years, 2 children, good church. The first wife I was married to 5 years, no children. The first became hard core pentacostal, along with most of her family. They tried to 'convert' me. They were all emotion, no substance. They hated my profession more than anything. Then they declared us 'unevenly yoked.' I could not be with her, but I could not remary, the logic of it I never figured.
---MikeM on 8/21/06


De 7:2,3, "..thou shalt make no covenant with them,..
3, Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son."
Ne 13:3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
Eph 5:7 "Be not ye therefore partakers with them."
Eph 5: 3-11; Expands old law.
Isa. 42:21, :..he will magnify the law.."
Anti-chirst reduces law.
---jhonny on 8/20/06


#5. However that does not mean they wont be problems.When / if the relationship becomes serious and is potentially leading towards marriage, the couple must sit down and come to an agreement on what church to attend.
They must agree on how to raise their children (etc)It is best,to avoid problems, for a couple of agree doctrinally,but the most important issue is faith in Christ, love for one another, and a desire to have a God-honoring relationship.
---Ramon on 8/20/06


#4. Religious beliefs? Can a Baptist date a Pentecostal?Can a Lutheran date a Catholic? The most important issue is whether both individuals know Jesus Christ as Savior.The Bible speaks of being "unequally-yoked" (2 Corinthians 6:14), but this only refers to believers and unbelievers.It does not refer to two believers who happen to have some beliefs that are different.
If both individuals know Jesus Christ as Savior,there is no reason, Biblically, that they could not date and/or marry.
---Ramon on 8/20/06


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#3. There is nothing wrong with building quality friendships with unbelievers but that is as far as it should go. If you were dating an unbeliever, what would honestly be your priority, romancing them or winning their soul for Christ?
If you were married to an unbeliever, how would the two of you cultivate a spiritual intimacy in your marriage? How could a quality marriage be built if you disagree on the most crucial issue in the universe - the Lord Jesus Christ?
---Ramon on 8/20/06


#2. The Bible goes on to say, Do not be misled: "bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Having any kind of intimate relationship with an unbeliever can quickly and easily turn into something that is a hindrance to your walk with Christ. We are called to evangelize the lost, not be intimate with them.
---Ramon on 8/20/06


"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" 2 Cor 6:14(KJV)

Paul's comment here is that believers and nonbelievers do have nothing in common, so trying to start a marriage with such a disparity will only lead to problems. God is to be at the center of a Christian marriage, and if half of the humans involved don't acknowledge that, tensions will arise.
---Ramon on 8/20/06


I believe being equally yoked means that you don't marry someone whom you couldn't imagine actually BEING (the two become one) when it comes to values, attitudes and practices.If the idea of HAVING to incorporate your spouses style or outlook is repugnant, don't marry.
---Helene on 8/20/06


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It's funny it has taken so long for the ordinary-life origin of the term to have been memtioned.
As WIVV says, in Christian terms, it means a Christian should not marry a non-beleiver. It's origin related to the need to have properly-matched oxen to pull a cart or plough.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/19/06


This is really a farm term. (In the Apostle Paul's day, it was referring to a team of oxen.) As a boy, we use to team up horses - one of them "an old hand who knew the ropes" and another one new on the "job". In Christian terms it referres to marriage, if taken in context of the Sripture around it. To most, it means you shouldn't date or marry someone who is not a Christian.
---wivv on 8/19/06


Just because you choose to worship god in a diffrent way I don't think it means your non-god loving, or unequally yoked as you seem to put it.
---private on 8/16/06


Unequally yoked means you cannot be with someone who doesn't love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart and who doesn't live by God's word because "what does light have in common with darkness?" One will be wanting to do things of the world, the other will want to be praying and worshipping Father in Truth. You should not be unequally yoked in a marriage nor in a business partnership nor even have a non-Christian roommate. It brings trouble because you have nothing in common with darkness.
---Donna9759 on 8/16/06


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The Bible speaks of not being yoked with unbelievers. It is referring to non-christians and, particularly, marriage. The concept could be applied to non-religious situations. But, the Bible is referring to Christians and non-christians.
---Susie on 8/15/06


If you get married to a murderer, it probably means that. Someone who you know, wouldn't make a good husband for you. Nothing to do with religon and race or anything like that.
---Private on 8/14/06


I remember thinking as a child that being equally yoked together mean something like whites and blacks being married to each other. But after discussing this with my parents I realize I was mistaken. Today I believe it means a believer getting married to an unbeliever.
---mima on 8/14/06


It means not to marry a unsaved person. Also i belive this means Don't keep company with unsaved people
---Betty on 8/14/06


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Unequally yoked has one meaning and several applications. Meaning...when a saved person marries an unsaved person. applications...there are so many, take your choice.
---shira on 8/13/06


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