The Guide To Dating Someone With Different Religious Views: From a Christian's Standpoint

The Guide To Dating Someone With Different Religious Views: From a Christian's Standpoint

"The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions."

-Mahatma Gandhi

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I am going to begin this article with a general statement. If you truly love someone, then you should be with them. I say this because when you do what makes you happy, everything is going to fall in to place.

Dating someone with different religious views can be extremely difficult. What can be hard is when you want to marry that person. The reason I believe it's hard is that sooner or later you're both going to want kids, and you're both gonna have to talk about how they should be raised. Most parents will be thrilled to take their kids to church, but when you're with someone who has different religious views, they may want to spend their Sunday's a little differently.

What I believe is that an interfaith relationship, no matter how different your views are, can be just as strong as any other relationship.

Begin With Respect

A huge aspect of religion and relationships is respect. To have a strong interfaith relationship, you should both respect what each other believes. Mahatma Gandhi said "The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and tolerance of the devotees of the different religions. "God calls us, in John 13:34, to "love one another as I have loved you." In this verse, God is telling us that we should love every other being as he loved us and gave his only son for us.

Give Support To Your Partner

Another aspect of a strong interfaith relationship is giving support to your partner.

Every strong relationship I've ever been around has been strong because both people have supported each other indefinitely. When you show your support for your husband/wife, you're letting them know that you love them no matter what differences you may have.

Now, I know there can be some major differences that can come up. I have already mentioned the point on how children will be raised, but you can also ask the questions: "Will we be going to church normally?", "Will we include God in our wedding vows?", or "Will we give thanks over each meal?"

These can all be answered the same way. If you and your husband/wife respect each other's religious views and you support each other wholeheartedly, then there will be plenty of compromises.

Be Willing to Compromise

In every strong relationship, there will be some compromise, even in relationships with the same religious views. If you truly adore someone to the point of wanting to marry them, I believe anything can be overcome.

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Troy University Needs to Realize That There Are More Students Than Greek Life And SGA

"In unity, there is strength." - Riverdale

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At Troy University, there are three groups present on campus: those that are Greek, those that are a part of the Student Government Association, and those that are don't affiliate with either.

During my search for a college to attend, one of my stipulations was that I didn't want Greek life to be the only dominant force on campus (along with things such as cost, location, majors offered etcetera). Troy University boasts a Greek population of only 20% and this number intrigued me because, at many schools, it seems to be a higher percentage of students. However, after attending Troy University for a little over a semester now, I doubt this number because every time I turn around, another student is telling me about what sorority they are a member of, or about what fraternity they are a member of on campus.

And, admittedly, prior to the first SGA election, I was pretty clueless as to what SGA was because SGA was not a big deal at my high school. To be more truthful, I didn't understand the full extent of SGA until now while the SGA presidential race is happening.

Greek life isn't bad and those that are a part of Greek life aren't bad. The SGA isn't bad and those that are a member of the SGA aren't bad. It just feels like Greek life and SGA goes hand-in-hand for those that are independent and makes being involved on campus that much harder.

Those who ran for SGA will promote the fact they are a part of a sorority or fraternity, and thus, represent the student body; however, if only 20% of Troy's campus is Greek, how is this true? Something like this is what I mean. There's a lack of awareness that there is more to this campus than SGA and Greek life.

There just needs to be more attention brought to the lack of awareness of those who aren't Greek nor SGA.

For example, during Homecoming, independent organizations participated with the frats and sororities in events such as chalk the quad and making banners. Not one independent organization was promoted for chalk the quad, and I know, as a member of an independent organization, we had to ask to be recognized for winning a place for our banner. I am grateful that we were at least recognized but it shouldn't feel like fighting a war to be recognized alongside Greek organizations for completing the same activities.

This is an open plea to the new SGA President -- bring students together, all students because that is what will make Troy University a stronger college.

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I've lived in the same town my entire life. I graduated from a high school I went to since second grade. I've grown up with the same friends that I have now, even though I've lost some along the way.

All of that is about to change. I'm moving within the next month over two hours away from where I grew up and away from my family. For some this may be scary, but I can not tell you how excited I am. I see this as a blessing and a beautiful opportunity to get to know myself outside of the walls I grew up in.

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I'm worrying about furniture, money, and what rug would match the decor better. Seems a bit silly, but this is all new to me. I need everyone to have a little patience with me or with anyone going through a major life change like this.

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