Marriage

@010878 (303)
Indonesia
May 16, 2007 11:59pm CST
Will you marry someone with different religion / beliefs than yours ? If you would then will you encourage / force them to choose your religion instead ?
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
17 May 07
I married a man who was raised in a Christian home but he as an adult isnt sure what he believes and really religion isnt important to him..I am a Pagan and Buddhist and no I've never tried to force or encourage him to share my beliefs...if he is curious I have no problem answering questions and we've had talks over the yrs about religion but other than that it just doesnt come up....
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• United States
17 May 07
I did marry someone with different beliefs than me, but I would never force him to change. I think that on one hand, if you are truly devout in your beliefs, you cannot help but have that come out in the relationship. For instance, if one is Christian and one is Atheist, I would believe a devout Christian would try to encourage their spouse in the Christian way because they believe if they are Atheist, they will not go to heaven. What true Christian would want their spouse to go to hell? I also think that we must respect each others decisions and beliefs. I think it becomes a more important topic when it comes to children and how you will handle the way they are raised. Differing religions that are prominent in a family setting can confuse a child. They want to go to church with both parents, and they don't want to disappoint either parent. They can be torn. So that part needs to be worked out before you marry someone of a different religion in my opinion.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
17 May 07
I am a Pagan who married a Christian, and we're both still following our own religions. We've been together for eight years now, though only married three years. I'm really happy with our relationship, and I think we have enough respect for each other that we deal well with the religious differences. In fact, I think it's a lot of fun because we've been able to investigate how our religions influence how we look at the world.
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@a_jessie (46)
• India
17 May 07
one thing i have to tell u that i have married to a hindu person and i am myself christian, so what we dont force each other to choose our religion, we go to church as well as to temple, it is our personal wish and the main thing is we should know each other, that is husband and wife, becoz one your are married your are one soul with 2 bodies, so there is not reason to force anyone, it is automatically believed by each other....
@lillake (1634)
• United States
17 May 07
As long as they respect my religion I will respect theirs. i would never force my religion on anyone, especially not my spouse. It doesn't matter to me what religion they are as long as they are respectful and kind. I am Pagan but my partner is an athiest, we disagree but we do not try to change the other.
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