Question from a reader:
I am a Hindu, whereas my girlfriend is a Christian. We have been in love for 2 years–love, I mean to say, without any bad intentions or desire (no lust). I just love her as a whole and like to share everything with her, care for her and make her happy.
The question is, is there anything mentioned in the bible like No Love Before marriage? Moreover like you can’t marry a Hindu?
There are things like family situations and all to be faced. But I want to know what the bible says.
Thank you for your question. If I understand your question directly, you are asking what the Bible says about a Hindu marrying a Christian. The only passage that I know of that may be applicable is 1 Corinthians 7:10-16, although it is speaking to those who are already married. This passage reads as follows:
“10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
“12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
“15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”
The words in verses 12-16 seem to indicate that there is some obvious tension when a believer (Christian) marries an unbeliever (such as a Hindu). Otherwise, this passage would not have had to qualify the command against divorce in verses 10-11. In other words, verse 15 seems to be saying that divorce is wrong, but if one spouse is an unbeliever, then it may be permissible. This would seem to serve as a warning about believers marrying unbelievers.
Old-school biblical scholars might also cite Leviticus 19:19 which says, “‘Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” However, I’m not sure that we can apply this to the marriage of a believer and an unbeliever.
I wasn’t sure if you had an additional question about “no love before marriage.” If so, perhaps verses 36-38 of this same chapter are applicable.
I would also suggest that you read a few articles on my website so that you fully understand what Christians believe:
Please let me know if I did not understand your questions correctly.