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Interfaith dating and interfaith marriage may—or may not—be undertaken in the expectation of converting one's partner, though it is not uncommon for romantic partners to seek to persuade one another to affect change when there are areas of disunity.
Phrases used for this undertaking also include "dating for Jesus" or "flirt to convert". The concept of missionary dating could be used to cover for or justify—to one's self, family, or religious community—a romantic interest in a non-believer if the relationship might otherwise be frowned upon.
The morality and appropriateness of missionary dating is a controversial subject among some Christians[which?] with 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 being the primary scripture warning against being "unequally yoked":
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people". Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
— 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Nevertheless, 1 Corinthians 7 could be interpreted to protect this practice:
...If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be please to dwell in her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
— 1 Corinthians 7:12:14
- Flirty Fishing, an extreme form of missionary dating formerly employed by the Christian fringe movement Children of God
- Love bombing
- Love Jihad
- Marital conversion
- "The Challenges of Missionary Dating for Christian Teens". About.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
- Shawn Bolz. The Nonreligious Guide to Dating and Being Single. Shawn Bolz. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-982-23703-8. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Bjarne Holmes, Ph.D. "Can You Really Change Your Relationship". Psychology Today.
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