But yes, avoiding being "unequally yoked" is an excellent biblical principle. Paul advised the Christians at Corinth to avoid entering significant relationships, such as marriage, with unbelievers."Unequally yoked" has evolved into a graded criterion for an optimal mate rather than a simple test for an acceptable one. Quality survey data reveal only two serious, churchgoing evangelical men for every three comparable women.Thus, one out of every three evangelical women is not in a position to marry a man who's her "spiritual equal," let alone "head." This elevated standard now translates—for women, at least—to something like this: "Find that uncommon man ...As those who have been there can attest, raising the next generation of Christians is simply tougher when one parent is dragging his heels or openly balking. I've seen praiseworthy spouses watch their mates come around to faith. Genuine interfaith marriage is a challenge I don't recommend.But as marriage has shifted in purpose over time, many Christians have added layers of meaning onto Paul's wise command. Spiritual maturity is not equally distributed among men and women in the peak marrying years.Most devoted Christian young people wrestle with this question during their dating years. As to dating different races, I have commented on that issue in another question.Prejudice of one sort or another usually clouds the issue on that question. Racial characteristics are genetic differences and that's all.To the untaught Christian, Buddhism appears to be an antidote to the above.Does it not seem eminently sensible, and wise even, to incorporate the best elements of Buddhism into Christianity?The average Westerner finds the popular images of Buddhism and Eastern mysticism extremely appealing – the meditation which seems to promise a retreat from the stress and strains of life, the ‘quietness’ and apparent inner peace that appear to offer a refuge from the frenetic pace of life, and the seemingly inner spiritual depth and harmony that provide an anchor in the storms of life.Contrast these with the popular images of much of the approach to God and worship in the Western church.