Should different religions marry?

@zeloguy (4913)
United States
July 17, 2007 2:10am CST
My wife is Arabic (Muslim) and I am American (Christian) and we find it hard sometimes in the category of religion. Should people of different religions marry... and if you are in an inter-religion marriage how is it and how do you manage?
5 responses
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
17 Jul 07
I am a christian and my bf that i live with is a muslim. We have no problems at all making it work out. We compromise alot. However I do belive that we have it easy because none of us are really religious. The worst thing to handle is the opinions that other people have about our relationship. There are many people put there who think that we just shouldnt mix at all. However - he is the love if my life and we can deal with whatever comes our way =)
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I find the same thing with my wife. One of the things we did is she 'celebrates' my holidays and me hers. The running joke is she got Santa and the Easter Bunny and I got a month without eating.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
21 Jul 07
hahaha, yeah that is a great joke :-D
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
yes you can, as long as you can convert her in your religion (she will be a convert into a Born Again Christian). God bless!
• Indonesia
18 Jul 07
why not? different religion could marry and live happily like others who marry to the same religion. I'm the person who's agree with this kind of marriage,inter-religion one. In my opinion: all religions teach us and said that God has decided with whom you should married to.Then if He send you someone with a totally different background (religion,etc) why should we,human,disagree with it? In my family i have my aunty and my cousin who's marry to a man from different religion and they live hapily.so i don't see any serious problem with it as long as both of you /them can tolerate each other.
@jenius (131)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I don't see a problem as long as both people respect each other beliefs and can find ways to compromise. It sounds like you have done just that.
• India
17 Jul 07
At the risk of sounding like a typical religious enthusiast, I would say that people of different religions should not marry as religion is a very sensitive issue in a person's life. Our religious beliefs reflect our roots, our family values, our total upbringing, what we have been taught by our parents and seen in our families. Nobody should be expected to give up all these just of the sake of love and marriage. Again at the risk of antagonizing very many people, I would definitely say that at least in India, I have seen many marriages between Hindus and Muslims and it is always that the non-Muslim spouse has to convert to Islam for the marriage to take place. It is seldom vice-versa. I don't know what happens worldwide or between Christian and Muslim marriages, although the marriage between the very 'liberal and westernised' Imran Khan and Jemime Goldsmith is a case in point. But my basic point is if love is the basic force that binds two people from radically different religious backgrounds, why should there be the necessity to convert? Why can't each follow his/her own religion and be perfectly happy with it? I don't know how you are coping with it but it is little wonder that you are having trouble with religion.