"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14
I think this is interesting. Most of us probably have to work and interact with “unbelievers” every day, and have good friends among them. :) I don’t think that it means that we shouldn’t have those friends. Friends are good. The footnote to this talks about marriage, and I think that is the point… that a difference like the gospel is HUGE. Not something that is easy (or desirable) to overcome in a marriage. Too many consequences. Some things you can’t compromise, which I think is why it talks about righteousness and light vs. unrighteousness and darkness. Probably in everything we do, we need to watch for that influence, where we start listening to the dark rather than the light, but especially in relationships so close to the heart. I’m not saying it isn’t possible. I have friends who are functioning with inactive husbands and still going to church and retaining a testimony… but even then, it makes everything harder. And the advantage of a temple marriage is overwhelming. Some people lift us up and make it easier to look to God… and some people make it harder.… Let’s do what we can to make our lives easier, and make it easier for us to stay close to God, whether we’re contemplating marriage, or just considering who to pal around with. :)