Verses about dating
It seems to me that one should not date anyone whom Proverbs tells us not to associate with, and that one should consider dating only those who possess the qualities of a good friend (or of a potential life’s mate).
This would not only exclude unbelievers, but it would also exclude many who profess to be believers as well.
I suspect that this would be an inferential conclusion, and thus would have to be considered a matter of personal conviction, rather than as a clear biblical prohibition.
One could certainly ask, “If a Christian cannot marry an unbeliever, why would they ever date one? I think one can have a friendship relationship with an unbeliever of the opposite sex, without entering into a dating relationship.
Noth's dating was based on the assumption that the history was completed very soon after its last recorded event, the release of King Jehoiachin in Babylon c.
560 BCE; but some scholars have termed his reasoning inadequate, and the history may have been further extended in the post-exilic period.
It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.
For example, we should not associate with one who is a gossip (), or with one who is given to anger (), or with one who is given to change ().